Heres a quick overview of car seat regulations in Australia. However, you should make your enquiries to confirm current laws as they may differ in each Australian state or territory and amended since the writing of this article.
Even without knowing the annual auto fatality statistics for Australian children, few would debate the importance of car seat use or child car seat laws that govern that use. Though it hasn’t always been the case, Australian regulations governing car seats is now fairly well uniform across states. There are standard rules separating children by age group; some of the ages overlap.
The child car seat regulations & booster seat laws are:
- younger than six months, children must be in a rearward-facing car seat with a five or six-point harness (i.e., five or six Straps).
- Younger than four years, children cannot ride in the front seat of a car that has more than one row of seats
- younger than seven years, children can ride in the front seat of a car that has only one row of seats, but the car must have
the correct anchor points to secure the car seat; it is important to check on this because not all cars will have The proper anchor points.
- Six months to 4 years, the prohibition against forward-facing Car seat lift.
- Four years to a booster seat for 7-year-old, a forward-facing car seat with a five or the six-point harness can be used or a high-backed booster seat With a seatbelt.
- Over seven years, children should be in a high-backed booster seat with a seatbelt until this is outgrown, at that point, Just a regular seatbelt can be used.
- Younger than 16 years, the car’s driver must ensure that proper restraint secures minors in the car, whether that be car seat or seatbelt. While these laws govern all of the Commonwealth, the laws of the various states may have other requirements and it is important to become acquainted with the laws of your state.
It’s important to keep in mind that just because a child would legally be able to move to a different seat or seatbelt, that does not mean that that move is required. Children grow and mature at different rates. If a child would not fit into, and therefore would not be safe in an allowable seat or seatbelt,
he/she should stay in the restraint that he/she now uses. There are certain exemptions to these laws. Most involve extreme circumstances. In these cases, the law does not require a child to be in a car seat or seatbelt.
- A child riding on a bus
- a child under a year old riding in a taxi and the proper car seat or seat-belt is unavailable, even in this case, the A child cannot ride in the front seat.
- A child is riding in a police or other emergency vehicle.
- A child with a disease, illness or injury that would prevent the use of the car seat or seatbelt, in this case, the driver must carry a doctor’s statement confirming this.Buying the right baby seat. The question of which baby car seat to buy is unlike any decision that you will need to make. The question becomes not whether to purchase one of the many brands of car seats for toddlers on the market, but which seat will keep your child …
These cases just mean that nonuse of a car seat is not illegal. Please use your best judgement in every circumstance. A driver who allows these laws to be violated can be fined and receive three demerit points on his/her licence. For more information check out your local state road authority website such as South Australians can view here.