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Child Restraint Info

 

Newborn – 6 months
(Approx up to 9 kg): Your baby up to the age of six months must be restrained in an approved rearward facing restraint.

6 Months – 4 years
(Approx 8-18kg): From six to twelve months your baby must be restrained in either a rearward or a forward facing child restraint, such as a child safety seat.
From twelve months to four years of age the child must be restrained in a forward facing restraint with in built harness. The large majority of children will fit in the seat that is outlined in the law as appropriate for their age group. If your child is too heavy or tall to fit in the car seat that is designated for their age, they are able to sit in the next age category. Make sure that your baby, toddler or child is in a seat that is safely adjusted to give them the most protection.

4 Years – 7 Years
(Approx 18-26kg): Your child must be in either a forward facing child restraint or a booster seat restrained by a correctly adjusted and fastened seatbelt or child safety harness.Your child must be restrained in the back seat of the car, if your car has two or more rows of seats until they turn four. The back seat of the car has been shown to be the safest place for your children to sit. Children between the ages of four and seven years must not sit in the front seat unless all the other seating positions in the car are taken by children under seven-years-old.

 

Need more information?

Go to the roads authority in your state or territory.

The Australian Standard for Child Car Restraints AS/NZS 1754:2010 and 2013, are based on a child’s age and height, this has changed from earlier Standards, which included weight. Look for the sticker with five ticks to ensure that the car seat meets the new Standards. When using a restraint from an earlier Standard you must still comply with the manufacturers weight limits for that restraint and must exhaust all options available, before considering moving to the next category of restraints.