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Parking on public holidays

Parking restrictions in the City of Melbourne are in operation to help make car parking spaces more readily available for shoppers, visitors and residents, including on public holidays.

Some parking restrictions are different on public holidays. For more information see Road Rule 318 of the Road Safety Road Rules 2009.

Signs that do not apply on a public holiday

Parking sign panels that state days of the week do not apply on public holidays.

They are effectively ‘blank’ for the purposes of public holidays, and don't have time limits or parking fees.

This includes restricted areas (indicated by red parking signs) such as clearways, loading zones and no stopping signs – but only if they state days of the week.

For example, a sign that reads ‘1P (meter) Monday – Friday, 7.30am – 7.30pm’ will allow unrestricted and free parking on a public holiday.

Signs that apply on a public holiday

Parking signs that do not state days of the week apply every day, regardless of whether it is a public holiday.

For example, a sign that reads ‘1P 7.30am – 7.30pm’ will apply as normal on a public holiday. Park legally as you usually would in these locations.

Signs with multiple panels

Parking signs may have multiple parking restrictions listed on different panels.

Check that another restriction will not come into effect during the time you intend to park. For example, ‘Bus Zone – all other times’.

What happens when a public holiday falls on a weekend?

When a public holiday falls on a weekend, the Victorian Government may declare a day in lieu. For example, this may occur on New Year’s Day, Australia Day, ANZAC Day, Christmas Day and Boxing Day because these public holidays do not occur on fixed days of the week each year.

This would not occur on Labour Day, Good Friday, Easter Saturday, Easter Monday, Queen's Birthday or Melbourne Cup, which occur every year on fixed days of the week.

The City of Melbourne’s Future Melbourne Committee has decided that where a day in lieu is declared by the Victorian Government, the different parking restrictions would apply on the public holiday and the day in lieu.

For example, if Australia Day fell on a Sunday, and the Monday was declared as the day in lieu, parking would be unrestricted and free on both Sunday and Monday (where signs had days of the week listed on it).

The Committee’s decision applies only to the municipality of Melbourne and is intended to minimise confusion in cases where the event commemorated occurs on a different day to the officially gazetted public holiday.

Please note this does not include Easter Sunday, which is not a public holiday in Victoria.

An example of a parking sign in the City of Melbourne

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Example parking sign showing parking restrictions with and without days of the week specified

Left panel Right panel
This sign would not apply on a public holiday (or day in lieu) because it states days of the week.

This sign would apply on a public holiday (or day in lieu) because it does not state days of the week – it applies every day, even if it is a public holiday.


Public holidays in 2014

In 2014, days specified as public holidays are:

Holiday 2014 date
New Year’s Day Wednesday 1 January
Australia Day Monday 27 January
*day in lieu for Sunday 26 January
Labour Day Monday 10 March
Good Friday Friday 18 April
Saturday after Good Friday Saturday 19 April
Easter Monday Monday 21 April
Anzac Day Friday 25 April
Queen’s Birthday Monday 9 June
Melbourne Cup Tuesday 4 November
Christmas Day Thursday 25 December
Boxing Day Friday 26 December