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Parking Infringements

Do not ignore a parking infringement notice. You have 28 days after the date the notice is served to either; pay the fine, submit a statutory declaration nominating the driver or to appeal the infringement.

As hundreds of thousands of cars and other vehicles travel to and from Melbourne Airport each week, ensuring the safe and efficient flow of traffic is one of our key priorities. Parking infringement notices are a necessary method of regulating and controlling the use of parking spaces at Melbourne Airport - for those who park illegally or disobey the parking rules.

Revenue from parking infringements is received by the Federal Government.

If you wish to have your parking infringement notice dealt with by the Magistrates Court, take no action regarding your notice - legal proceedings will be instigated by Melbourne Airport.

Parking infringement notices are issued by Australian Pacific Airports Melbourne (APAM) - the managers and operators of Melbourne Airport.  APAM issue these parking infringement notices in accordance with the Airports (Control of On-Airport Activities) Regulations 1997.

A map detailing the different parking zones at Melbourne Airport can be found here - Melbourne Airport Parking Signage Plan.

  • How do I pay a parking infringement notice?

    Paying by Phone/ Credit Card: 

    Via Maxi (Credit Card Payment) – phone 1300 858 988.  Please have your credit card and parking infringement notice handy and follow the prompts.  Note: Only Mastercard and VISA payments can be accepted.

    Paying by Mail:

    Please post a cheque or money order made payable to Melbourne Airport  to the address listed below.  Please ensure that the parking infringement number, vehicle registration number and a contact phone number are clearly printed on the reverse of the cheque or money order.    
    Post to:    Melbourne Airport, Parking Infrigement Notices, 
    Locked Bag 16, Tullamarine,  VIC   3043

    Paying in Person:

    Melbourne AIrport no longer accepts payments in person at our office. Payments must be made via the options above.

    What happens if I don't pay within 28 days?

    Melbourne Airport (APAM) will send a you a reminder if you have not paid the fine in full within 28 days.  After this initial reminder, Melbourne Airport will commence legal action in the Magistrates Court.  You may defend your charge in court.

  • How to appeal a parking infringement notice

    Melbourne Airport receives hundreds of requests to appeal parking infringement notices.  These range from the factual with clear supportive documentation to those with very scant details. 

    You may appeal or contest a parking infrigement if:

    • You were not driving the vehicle at the time the infringement was received - you will need to nominate the driver and complete a Statutory Declaration Form if you believe the parking infringement notice is incorrect.
    • There are special circumstances that you believe that Melbourne Airport should consider in your case.  It is strongly recommended that you refer to the Frequently Asked Questions page - highlighting the limited circumstances that will cause Melbourne Airport to retract a parking infringement notice. 

    Please note: Melbourne Airport must receive your application in writing to appeal or contest your notice within 28 days of the date listed on the notice. 

    To give your appeal the best chance of success please ensure that your written appeal contains the following information listed below.  We strongly recommend that you use headings and/or dot points in compiling your appeal in a clear and concise way.  You may choose to use this Parking Infringement Review Template to assist your application.

    What to clearly include within your written appeal:

    • Your name and address
    • The car registration number 
    • The infringement notice number
    • The offence - as stated on the infringement notice
    • Copies of your supporting evidence
    • A clear explanation as to why you believe Melbourne Airport should review your notice.

    Please post your appeal application to Parking Infringement Notices, Melbourne Airport, Locked Bag 16, Tullamarine VIC 3043. 

    Melbourne Airport will write to you and advise you of its decision on your appeal.  This usually occurs within 14 days, although if Melbourne Airport requires additional information from outside organisations, it could take up to 90 days to review your appeal. 

    If Melbourne Airport rejects your appeal you must promptly pay the fine associated with the parking infringement notice. 

  • 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.