Children are precious cargo and should always be buckled-up in child restraints that are correct for their size (height and weight).
Using a restraint that fits a child correctly can significantly reduce their risk of injury in a car crash.
Restraints can prevent the child from being thrown out of a car and hitting rigid parts of the car. They also help distribute crash forces to the strongest parts of their body.
The Centre for Road Safety has comprehensive information on the current National Child Restraint Laws.
0- 6 months
Approved rearward-facing child car seat
6 months – 4 years
Approved rearward-facing or forward-facing child car seat
4 + years
Approved forward-facing child car seat or booster seat.
145cm or taller
Suggested minimum height to use adult lap-sash seatbelt
The Child Car Seats website has information on more than 200 types of forward-facing, rearward-facing and booster seats. Details on how the seats are tested and rated are also available. The site has information on how to use the seats correctly, current safety standards and also has answers to commonly asked questions.
Council holds four free Child Restraint Checking sessions each year.
Please contact Council's Road Safety Officer on 9911 3576 to register your interest in attending one of these sessions.
Alternatively, you can search for an Authorised Restraint Fitting Station in the local area.