Child Restraint and Booster Seat Laws

By law, children must be secured in a properly fastened child restraint that:

  • is correctly fitted and adjusted for their age and size

  • meets Australian/New Zealand Standard AS/NZS 1754.

 

Here are the minimum legal requirements for using child restraints and booster seats in Australia:

  • Children under six months must use a rear-facing child restraint with an inbuilt harness. They must not sit in the front row if the vehicle has two or more rows of seats.

  • Children aged six months to under four years must use a rear-facing or forward-facing child restraint with an inbuilt harness. They must not sit in the front row if the vehicle has two or more rows of seats.

  • Children aged four years up to seven years must use a forward-facing approved child restraint with an inbuilt harness, or an approved booster seat with a properly fastened and adjusted seatbelt or child safety harness. They can sit in the front row only if all other rear seats are occupied by children under seven years, in vehicles with two or more rows of seats.

  • Children aged seven years and older must use a properly adjusted and fastened child restraint or adult seatbelt, depending on their size.

 

These are the minimum legal requirements in Australia. It’s always safest to keep your child in a child restraint or booster seat for as long as possible, depending on their size.

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