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Child restraint frequently asked questions

Where can I get more information about the child restraint laws?

Child restraints—questions and answers contains more detailed information about the new child restraint rules effective from 11 March 2010.  

What does the new child restraint Standard mean?

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.

Can my child sit in the front seat if they are under 7?

This will depend on whether there is more than 1 row of seats in the car and the age of the child.

If the car has 1 row of seats only (for example, a single cab ute):

  • a child of any age can sit in the front seat if the vehicle has only one row of seats and they are properly restrained. If the vehicle has a passenger airbag fitted, a rearward facing child restraint should not be used if the restraint is positioned close to the airbag.

Where there are 2 or more rows of seats:

  • a child under 4 years of age cannot sit in the front row of a vehicle that has more than 1 row of seats, even if the child is 3 years of age and large enough to be seated in a booster seat
  • a child aged between 4 and 7 years of age cannot sit in the front row of a vehicle that has more than 1 row of seats unless all the other seats are occupied by children under 7 years of age.

Please note: If the back seat has 2 child restraints fitted and there is no room for a third child restraint, a non-tethered booster seat or booster cushion can be used, providing the child using the booster seat is between 4 and 7 years of age.

Where are the anchor points positioned in my car?

Check your vehicle owner's manual to find out where the anchor points are located. If you don't have the owner's manual, alternatively contact your car dealer or vehicle manufacturer for further information.

To find a company in your local area qualified to install anchor points in your vehicle contact the Department of Transport and Main Roads modifications help desk on 07 3114 5844z.

I am picking someone up at the airport and they have a young child. Do I need a child restraint?

It is the driver's responsibility to ensure child restraints are fitted and used. If the visitor cannot bring their own restraint, a restraint can be hired. If they choose to use a taxi, they do not need to use a restraint, however the department recommends always using child restraints unless in an emergency.

Can visitors from overseas who bring their child restraint use it in Queensland?

The child restraint can only be used if it complies with the compulsory Australian Standard AS 1754 Child Restraint Systems Used in Motor Vehicles. All approved restraints have an Australian Standards logo on the child restraint.

Where can I hire a baby capsule or child restraint?

You can hire baby capsules and child restraints from:

Kidsafe Queensland

How do I know if the restraint I have been given is ok to use?

All restraints have date stamps (of manufacture) on them. If a restraint is more than 10 years old, it is recommended that these restraints are not used. It is also important to know the history of the restraint. If the child restraint has been involved in a crash it may be damaged or faulty as a result. It is recommended that you do not use the child restraint if it has been involved in a crash.

Where can I get my restraint fitted or installation checked?

For advice on installing and checking child restraints and baby capsules, please check your local Yellow Pages directory or contact:

RACQ

Kidsafe Queensland

Do buses and taxis need to provide child restraints?

No. All taxis will have an anchor bolt that can be used to fit a child restraint, however not all taxis will have a child restraint so you may need to provide your own. As taxis do not have to supply child restraints, parents/carers are advised to provide their own. A parent/carer without a child restraint should not include the child in their seatbelt.

A bus is a vehicle that has 13 or more seats, including the driver. A bus does not need to be fitted with seatbelts and child restraints are not required.

The seatbelt rules do apply to a vehicle that has 12 seats and all passengers must wear seatbelts if they are fitted. If seatbelts are fitted child restraints must be used.

Can I take my child on my motorcycle?

All passengers on motorcycles are required to be a minimum age of 8 years old (except those in a sidecar). This is in addition to current requirements that motorcycle pillion passengers wear an approved motorcycle helmet and those seated behind the rider need to be facing forward with their feet on the pillion footrests.

Are there any exemptions?

There is an exemption from having to use a child restraint if travelling in a taxi, but children 7 years of age or more must use the adult seatbelt.

It is possible to be exempt from wearing a seatbelt on medical grounds, but an Exemption from Wearing a Seatbelt Certificate (form F2690) must be completed by your doctor. The certificate must be carried by the driver of the vehicle in which you are travelling and must be produced immediately to a police officer by the driver if a police officer asks for it.

Where can I purchase accessories for my child restraint? For example, anchor kits and extension straps.

Most child restraint and baby retailers will sell child restraint accessories.

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Last updated
26 July 2016