Parking space levy

The parking space levy is one of a number of NSW Government strategies to discourage car use in major commercial centres, encourage the use of public transport and improve air quality.

Parking space levy district maps

Projects resourced from the Parking Space Levy have become crucial to improving Sydney’s air quality, reducing traffic congestion and facilitating access to public transport. Significant projects such as the Hurstville Bus Interchange, Transport Info 131500, and Light Rail Inner West have been funded with substantial contributions from the Parking Space Levy.

Over the five-year period ending 30 June 2013, the revenue from the Parking Space Levy was the primary source of funds to deliver the Commuter Car Park and Interchange Program. 29 new commuter car parking facilities and 12 bus/wharf interchange facilities are now complete and open to the public encouraging commuters to catch public transport and leave their cars closer to home.

For further information on the projects funded or subsidised from the Parking Space Levy please see a summary of Completed Projects – Parking Space Levy (pdf 34KB).

The Parking Space Levy applies to leviable premises in the districts of:

  • Sydney's CBD, North Sydney/Milsons Point (Category 1)
  • Bondi Junction, Chatswood, Parramatta and St Leonards (Category 2)

(see above for boundary maps) established as leviable districts for the purposes of the Parking Space Levy Act (2009) Link to external site.

For more information on payment and collection of the Parking Space Levy visit the website of the NSW Office of State Revenue Link to external site.

Further information about the Parking Space Levy

Introduction of the levy

The Parking Space Levy (PSL) commenced on 1 July 1992. The object of the Parking Space Levy Act (2009) "is to discourage car use in leviable districts by imposing a levy on parking spaces (including parking spaces in parking stations), and by using the revenue to encourage the use of public transport (in particular, public transport to and from or within, those districts)."

Some parking spaces are exempt from PSL, for example where a space is set aside exclusively for:

  • The parking of motor vehicles by persons who hold mobility parking scheme authorities
  • The parking of motor vehicles by persons who reside on the premises or on adjoining premises
  • The parking of motor vehicles for the purpose of loading/unloading of goods or passengers
  • The parking (without charge) of any motor vehicles owned or occupied by a religious body, a public charity or benevolent institution.

For full details of exemptions please see the Parking Space Levy Regulation 2009 Link to external site.

Area(s) of coverage

The PSL applies to leviable premises in the districts of:

Category 1:

Category 2:

(see above for boundary maps) established as leviable districts for the purposes of the Parking Space Levy Act 2009.

Parking Space Levy rates

Parking Space Levy rates are indexed annually to movements in the Consumer Price Index (All Group Index) for Sydney. From 1 July 2014 the Parking Space Levy rates are:

  • $2,260 per space in Category 1 areas.
  • $800 per space in Category 2 areas.

For information regarding past PSL rates please visit the Office of State Revenue (OSR) Link to external site website.

Rate collection

Parking space levies are collected by the NSW Office of State Revenue Link to external site (OSR), a branch of the NSW State Treasury, on behalf of Transport NSW. An owner of leviable premises within one of the six PSL leviable districts must register with OSR, and make PSL payments to OSR on the basis of their liability.

Money raised by the levy

In 2012/13 PSL receipts were $98.9 million. Information on how much revenue was raised through the PSL each year can be found in the Annual Report published by the Office of State Revenue Link to external site.

All parking space levies collected by OSR are deposited into a special account called the Public Transport Fund, and must be used for the purposes outlined in Section 11(3) of the Parking Space Levy Act.

Expenditure of levy funds

The aim of PSL is to discourage car use in leviable districts and to develop infrastructure to encourage the use of public transport to and from, or within these districts.  All PSL collections have been expended on these purposes.

Examples of projects upon which PSL funds have been spent to date are:

  • Interchanges for bus, rail and ferry services
  • Commuter car parking facilities
  • Improving public transport infrastructure, such as the development of rapid bus-only transitway bus stations and light rail (tram service), which provide services within or to/from PSL leviable district/s
  • Improvement of electronic passenger information systems associated with the above-mentioned infrastructure.

For a detailed summary of PSL expenditure in 2012-13 please see Public Transport Fund 20112-13 (pdf 12KB).

For further information see the Projects section of the site.

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