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Child restraint laws

It's the law for all children up to 7 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.

The child restraints frequently asked questions will tell you what you need to know about the rules.

Information about choosing a child restraint and its correct installation is also available.

Responsibilities and penalties

The driver is responsible for making sure all people travelling in their vehicle are correctly restrained. Drivers risk being fined $330 or more and 3 demerit points for each incorrectly restrained child in the vehicle. A separate penalty of $330 or more and 3 demerit points will apply for each unrestrained or incorrectly restrained child.

An additional 3 demerit points will apply if more than one seatbelt offence occurs within a 12-month period. The additional demerit point penalty will apply to driver-related offences for seatbelts.

For example, if you commit a driver seatbelt offence where you failed to wear a seatbelt, you will be allocated 3 demerit points for that offence. If you commit a second offence where you drive a vehicle while a passenger is not restrained, within 1 year after the first offence, you will be allocated 3 demerit points for the second offence. You will also receive an additional 3 demerit points for it being within 1 year after the first offence. This means you will have 9 demerit points allocated to your traffic history, which may result in a driver licence sanction.

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Last updated
14 February 2013