Child restraints

Correctly fitted and properly adjusted child restraints provide protection for your children in vehicles.

By law, the driver must ensure passengers under 16 years are in the necessary seatbelts or restraints – children up to 7 years must be seated in approved child restraints. When fitting a baby or child restraint follow the manufacturer's instructions or, better still, have it fitted at an accredited child restraint station so you are sure it is installed correctly.

If you have decided not to buy a new child restraint there are several options available to hire child restraints from local councils.

A recent series of videos by the TAC and with the support of the RACV show real parents putting their children in car restraints to show in an easy check how to make sure your babies, toddlers and children are as safe as possible.

Rear facing child restraints

Forward facing child restraints

Booster seats

CREP (Child Restraint Evaluation Program)

Along with several other government and motorist organisations, we are proud supporters of the CREP (Child Restraint Evaluation Program). This program is dedicated to improving safety for children travelling in vehicles by providing information on buying child restraints as well as a guide to buying child restraints that perform beyond the Australian Standards specifications. Check out the results of the test

Rules for child restraints

It is important you select the right child restraint and booster seats for your children and you know the rules. These include:

  • Everyone in a vehicle must be in a restraint that is properly adjusted and fastened. Depending on the passengers size this will be:
    • a child restraint
    • a booster or
    • a seatbelt
  • A child under six months of age must travel in a rearward facing approved child restraint.
  • A child six months to under four years must travel in either a rearward facing OR forward facing approved child restraint. The type of restraint will depend on the child's size.
  • A child aged four years to under seven years must travel in either a forward facing approved child restraint with an inbuilt harness, or an approved booster seat. A booster seat can be used with a lap-sash seatbelt or child safety harness. The type of restraint will depend on the child's size.
  • A child aged seven years to under 16 years to travel in either an approved booster seat or an adult seatbelt. The type of restraint will depend on the child's size.
  • A person 16 years and over to travel in an adult seatbelt.

For more detailed information on child restraints see the following links: