The NCA plans to have inspectors patrolling car parks in the parliamentary triangle by October 1. Photo: Jeffrey Chan
The National Capital Authority has contracted parking fine company Tenix Solutions to police car spaces in the parliamentary triangle for the next 18 months.
As public service jobs are shed in Canberra, the company is offering new "attractive outdoor" employment opportunities for people with proven "dispute resolution" skills as well as "coherent and logical thinking" to slap fines on windscreens.
Tenix Solutions has been advertising for a traffic service supervisor to lead the policing effort "in the heart of Canberra" as well as a senior traffic officer and a team of five inspectors.
The NCA plans to have inspectors patrolling car parks by October 1, which will give budding infringement writers seven weeks to learn the sometimes controversial craft, if they come into the job with no experience.
The new fining force will walk into a potentially fiery new situation as it will start work at the same time widespread paid parking is introduced in areas where people have previously been leaving their cars for free.
The NCA takes over all responsibility for dealing with parking bandits in the parliamentary triangle and parts of Acton, Acton Peninsula and Russell from October 1 when it starts policing parking spots in place of the ACT government.
Tenix's jobs advertisements ran last Saturday and on Monday an NCA spokeswoman said the authority was finalising the contract with Tenix and could not provide information about how much the company was being paid.
The job ads, prepared by recruitment firm Hays, said the staff would need to make sure key performance indicators in the contract with the NCA were met.
Tenix is used by 20 government agencies for infringement notices, warrants and court orders.
Public servants and other workers will pay $12 per day and $2.50 per hour as part of plans introduced in the 2013-14 federal budget. The daily parking rate is lower than the $14 fee paid by some workers in the city.
Five-day tickets will be available from ticket machines at a cost of $57.50. The tickets will be valid for five consecutive days from the day of purchase, excluding weekends and public holidays.