1. Purpose of policy
1.1 The following policy is intended to provide the framework within which parking is regulated on USC premises, and in particular the Sunshine Coast Campus at Sippy Downs.
1.2 The University of the Sunshine Coast Act 1998 (Qld) authorises the control of traffic and parking on University land.
2. Policy scope and application
2.1 This policy applies to all staff, students and visitors to University premises.
Please refer to the University’s Glossary of Terms for policies and procedures. Terms and definitions identified below are specific to this policy and are critical to its effectiveness:
Act means the University of the Sunshine Coast Act 1998 (Qld)
Authorised person means an authorised person as defined in the Act.
Land, of the University, mean land and buildings owned by or under control of the University, as defined in the Act. See also University premises. These terms are used interchangeably, with the same meaning.
Penalty unit has the meaning given by the Penalties and Sentences Act 1992.
University premises means buildings, structures and land which are under the control and management of the University and which are used for, or in connection with, the purposes of the University including any land or premises used or occupied by the University pursuant to any lease, licence or right to occupy.
Vehicle has the meaning specified in Transport Operations (Road Use Management) Act 1995 (Qld) and includes any bicycle, vessel and skateboard.
4. Traffic control
4.1 The Vice-Chancellor and President or an authorised person, may authorise the installation, placing, display or erection on University premises of such signs, signals, marks, notices, structures and devices as they consider necessary or desirable for the purpose of –
(a) regulating or controlling traffic on University premises, including the parking and removal of vehicles, and the regulation and control of vehicles picking up or setting down passengers or loading or unloading goods;
(b) regulating, controlling or supporting any other activity on University premises requiring traffic control.
4.2 The Vice-Chancellor and President or an authorised person may from time to time determine the conditions set out in the Conditions of Parking, as published on the USC website, under which vehicles are brought onto and parked on University premises.
4.3 The University will not be liable for any loss or damage suffered by or caused to any person, vehicle (or its accessories or contents) or property whilst traveling, standing, parked on or being removed from University premises.
4.4 Failure to follow the Conditions of Parking or notices, or the direction of an authorised person, may result in a breach pf the Act and the issue of a fine under the Act.
4.5 Proceedings for a breach of the Act may be taken in a summary way under the Justices Act 1886 (Qld).
5. Paid Parking
5.1 The University may establish a fair and equitable paid parking scheme during regulated hours to ensure the most effective use of vehicle parking on University premises.
5.2 Currently this approach is implemented at the Sunshine Coast Campus at Sippy Downs, and areas within these University premises are designated as an ‘off-street regulated parking area’. These areas are subject to the Sunshine Coast Council’s Local Law No. 5 (Parking) 2011 and associated subordinate legislation as amended from time to time.
5.2.1 Sunshine Coast Council shall supervise and enforce the Conditions of Parking including but not limited to the issue of traffic infringement notices pursuant to the local government powers, authorised under Transport Operations (Road Use Management) Act 1995 (Qld) in respect of parking on the Sunshine Coast Campus.
5.3 The Director, Facilities Management (or such other authorised persons appointed by the Vice-Chancellor and President) is responsible for the administration of the University’s parking schemes.