Child Restraints in Australian Cars


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Child Safety Seats and Safety Belt Laws for children in Australian Cars.

Australian National Rules

  • A child restraint can only be used if it complies with the compulsory Australian Standard AS 1754

State Rules

  • Queensland
    • June 2009: There is no set legal age in Queensland for when a child can sit in the front passenger seat, but once a child is old enough to use a booster seat, they are able to sit in the front seat using that booster.
    • New National Rules WILL come into effect in March 2010, with Penalties for allowing any child under 7 years old to be unrestrained. Full rules are shown under New National Seat Belt laws at the bottom of this page.
  • Victoria
    • May 2009: Whilst it is legal for any child to sit in the Front seat, it is not safe nor is it recommended.
      Toddlers can move to a booster seat when they out grow their child seat or weigh between 14 kg and 26 kg.
      Children can begin using normal seat belts when they are about 140-150 cm tall.
    • From 9th November 2009: New rules for using child restraints and booster seats
      • Under six months must be in a rear facing child restraint.
      • Between six months and under four years children must be in a rear facing child restraint or a forward facing child restraint with an in-built harness.
      • Between four years and under seven must wear a forward facing child restraint with an in-built harness or an approved booster seat which is properly positioned and fastened.

New National Laws to be implemented 2009-2010.

  • www.ntc.gov.au PDF Document – New child restraint laws approved by Australia’s Transport ministers will provide a safe pathway from capsules to adult seatbelts.
    • Under six months must be in a rear facing child restraint.
    • Between six months and under four years children must be in a rear facing child restraint or a forward facing child restraint with an in-built harness.
    • Between four years and under seven must wear a forward facing child restraint with an in-built harness or an approved booster seat which is properly positioned and fastened.
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