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Child restraints

Children and adults must be properly restrained to ensure their safety while travelling in motor vehicles.

From 11 March 2010, it's the law for all children up to seven years of age to be correctly restrained according to their size and age. It is important that the correct child restraint is chosen and installed.

Important Notice – Introduction of new child restraint Standard

A revision of the Australian and New Zealand standard for the design and performance of child restraints was released on 24 February 2010 that classifies restraints based on approximate age and seated height rather than the previous weight and age range. 

Child restraints that are compliant with this new Standard (AS/NZS1754:2010) will include shoulder height markers to ensure appropriate use of the seat. The new Standard of child restraint will no longer rely on the child’s weight, making it easier for parents and carers to ensure that the appropriate restraint is being used.

The markers will clearly indicate when a child has outgrown his or her restraint and reduce the incidence of premature graduation. Once the child’s shoulders reach the seat height limit of the restraint, the child should move up to the next type of restraint where his or her shoulders are in line with or above the lowest marker.

It is important to note that child restraints that comply with previous Standards may still be used. These Standards include:

  • AS 1754–1991
  • AS/NZS 1754–1995
  • AS/NZS 1754–2000
  • AS/NZS 1754–2004

An image of a baby in an infant restraint.

Don't risk a child's life, or serious injury to the most precious cargo you'll ever carry.

The penalty for incorrectly securing a child is A$330 and three demerit points.

To find out more, browse the below links or phone the Department of Transport and Main Roads on 13 23 80b.

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Last updated
11 November 2013