Melbourne Airport

Frequently Asked Questions Parking Infringement Notices

Frequently Asked Questions Parking Infringement Notices

Melbourne Airport receives a large number of requests appealing parking infringement notices.  To save you time in compiling your application to appeal your infringement, please read through the FAQ's below.

Under what circumstances may Melbourne Airport approve an application to appeal a parking infringement notice? 
Melbourne Airport receives far more applications to appeal a parking infringement notice than the number that we approve.  We may approve an application where:  
The driver has suffered from a serious medical incident – supported by documentation such as a letter from the treating hospital or your doctor.
The car has broken down and the driver is able to provide supporting documentation such as towing docket or a repair invoice from the resulting repairs.


I don’t know if my special circumstances are reasons that Melbourne Airport typically approve when appealing a parking infringement notice.  What are the reasons that Melbourne Airport doesn't approve – when seeking to withdraw an infringement notice?
Melbourne Airport does not approve the following reasons in considering appeals against parking infringement notices: 

  • Not noticing a sign
  • Reading only part of the sign
  • Being unable to read the sign from the front seat of the car
  • Forgetting to read the sign
  • The weather
  • Running late or being in a hurry to pick up a friend
  • Being delayed or at an appointment.
  • Talking on a mobile phone
  • Wanting to avoid paying for parking at Melbourne Airport
  • Being unaware of the Australian Road Rules (all licensed drivers are expected to be aware and comply with the Road Rules at all times).


Who is responsible for paying the parking infringement notice? 
If you are the registered owner of the vehicle, then you are responsible for the payment of the penalty.  If you were not the driver of the vehicle at the time of the infringement, then you must nominate the responsible driver via a Statutory Declaration Form or you will remain responsible for the payment of the infringement.


What should I do if Melbourne Airport requests additional information from me? 
Respond promptly.  If you do not provide Melbourne Airport with the requested information within 14 days of the request, then your appeal will be assessed on the information that it available on hand – which will considerably reduce the likelihood of your appeal being successful.


What happens if my appeal is unsuccessful?
You have the option of either paying the infringement notice by the due date or electing to have the matter heard in the Magistrates Court.  If you fail to pay or respond within 28 days of the due date APAM will commence legal proceedings.


Can my car be towed away? 
Yes.  If you car is left unattended in a designated tow away area, or it is parked illegally and it is believed to be a danger to other road users/ is likely to cause traffic congestion then Melbourne Airport may tow your vehicle.  All towing and vehicle retrieval costs are the responsibility of the owner.


Will I lose demerit points as a result of a parking infringement notice? 
No.  You will not lose demerit points as a result of a parking infringement notice.  Parking infringement notices do not result in a conviction or a criminal record.  However failing to pay a parking infringement notice – and failing to address the matter at the Magistrates Court - could well result in ongoing legal concerns.