Make the safest choice
All children up to seven years of age must be safely fastened into the right restraint for their age and size.
A child who is properly secured in an approved child restraint is less likely to be injured or killed in a car crash than one who is not.
Free Child Car Seat Safety Check
Council in conjunction with RMS runs free restraint check/fitting days. Bookings are essential. Contact council's Road Safety Officer on 9748 9605 to find out more.
Child restraints that are older than 10 years are no longer deemed safe.
Australian Standards and test results
All child restraints sold in Australia must comply with the Australian/New Zealand Standard AS/NZS 1754 Child restraints for use in motor vehicles. Most of the child restraints sold in Australia have been tested and assessed under the Child Restraint Evaluation Program (CREP).
The CREP is run by a consortium of Australian government agencies and motorist organisations and gives consumers independent and consistent information on child restraints.
For more information and a comprehensive list of CREP test results go to www.childcarseats.com.au.
National Child Restraint Laws
The national child restraint laws state:
- Children younger than six months must be secured in a rearward facing restraint.
- Children aged six months to under four years must be secured in either a rear or forward facing restraint.
- Children aged four years to under seven years must be secured in forward facing child restraint or booster seat.
- Children younger than four years cannot travel in the front seat of a vehicle with two or more rows.
- Children aged four years to under seven years cannot travel in the front seat of a vehicle with two or more rows, unless all other back seats are occupied by children younger than seven years in a child restraint or booster seat. Children aged from seven years old but under 16 years old who are too small to be restrained by a seatbelt properly adjusted and fastened are strongly recommended to use an approved booster seat.
- Children in booster seats must be restrained by a suitable lap and sash type approved seatbelt that is properly adjusted and fastened, or by a suitable approved child safety harness that is properly adjusted and fastened.
- Using a restraint correctly greatly increases a child's safety during a crash.
- Placing a child in a restraint that is designed for a larger/older child increases the risk of serious injury in a crash.
- Ensure the restraint is installed correctly. See a restraint fitter if in any doubt.
- Always use the top tether strap where required.
- Teach your child to always keep both arms within the harness system of the child seat or the seat belt of the booster seat.
- When using a seat belt with a booster, ensure the seat belt is correctly fitted over the child’s shoulder.
- Move your child into a forward-facing restraint only when they no longer fit into a rearward-facing restraint.
- Move your child into a booster seat only when they no longer fit into a forward-facing restraint.
- Always refer to the manufacturer’s instructions.