Thursday, 1 April 2021

CPSU NSW – University of Sydney Staff Parking Petition

CPSU NSW – University of Sydney Staff Parking Petition – April

Dear University of Sydney colleagues,

Please consider signing this PETITION  that relates to changes to parking at the University of Sydney.

You may or may not be aware that, without any staff consultation, the University has recently opened up parking at the University to students, at a cost lower than that for staff. This means there are potentially tens of thousands of students now competing for the spots where you used to park. Previously, students were able to park only after 3.00 p.m.

It is apparent that the effects of these changes are already being felt and will only increase as more students become aware of the changes.

The problem is particularly acute at the new Susan Wakil Health Building. Students from the nearby colleges are now using the already under-sized parking facility as a 24-hours-a-day garage. Staff there are finding it full even at 7.00  a.m, creating a knock-on effect as they seek on-grounds parking elsewhere.

As the pandemic context is not resolved, and may rapidly change, this will likely funnel many staff onto public transport, many of whom travel considerable distances to get to work.

The CPSU NSW is certainly not anti-student. However, the University must reverse this decision and ensure that all future decisions regarding staff parking are made only in full consultation with staff.


The CPSU NSW has asked many questions of the University on this change of conditions. Including in relation to risk mitigation, disabled access, campus security after dark (in the context of walking potentially much further to your vehicle), parking revenue, caps, future parking plans, shuttle bus services etc.

To date we’ve had no response.

The University is the size of a suburb and has its own postcode. The CPSU NSW believes that staff should be able to park in the same suburb they work in. We believe that changes to staff parking conditions should be subject to staff consultation.

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University of Sydney CPSU NSW Branch Committee

Grant Wheeler

Vice President
Ivan Coates

Patrick O’Mara

Assistant Secretary
Al Yap

Women’s Officer
Ruth Livingstone

Membership Registrar
Holly Eades

Branch Delegates

Norton Roughley

Peter Adams

Virginia Hilyard

Rachelle Down

Andrew Oulianoff

Matthew Etherton


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