Free parking restored for NSW Health staff in public hospital car parks during current COVID outbreak

Sutherland Hospital car park. Picture: John Veage
Sutherland Hospital car park. Picture: John Veage

The state government is restoring free parking in public hospital car parks for hospital workers.

The temporary measure will apply during the "current outbreak" of COVID-19 and at any other time the government advises people to avoid the public transport system.

Free parking was introduced in April 2020 at the start of the pandemic, but was later removed, bringing complaints from health workers when the new COVID wave hit.

NSW Health Deputy Secretary Phil Minns said the temporary measure for NSW Health staff was being introduced to support staff during the current outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic.

"In situations where the government advises that the community should seek to avoid the use of public transport, relief from parking charges for NSW Health staff will be introduced at NSW Health facilities," Mr Minns said.

"All NSW Health staff required to attend work at NSW Health facilities for the duration of the period where public transport services are compromised, will have access to free parking."

"The new measures will take effect from the next NSW Health pay cycle.

"NSW Health will seek the assistance of relevant local councils to waive parking fines around hospital and vaccination facilities for healthcare workers during these periods.

"We hope this action brings some peace of mind to all our health staff at this challenging time."