The car-seat laws in Australia are a little complex to understand as they differ from State to State. But, in the last few years, Australian States and Territories have gotten together to create uniform laws and rules. Take a look at everything you must know about the car-seat laws in Australia.
Car-Seat Laws For Cars
For Toddlers Up To 6 Months
Babies of up to 6 months of age should be kept in a secured rear-facing approved car-seat.
For kids from 6 months to 4 years
You can use either front-facing or rear-facing approved car-seats if your child is between the ages of 6 months and 4 years. Although, it is best to keep babies and children in rear-facing restraints for as long as possible (6 months - 4 years).
For kids from 4 to 7 years
If your child is 4 to 7 years old, you can use a front-facing car-seat or a high-back booster with the lap-sash seatbelt on the rear seats.
For children aged 7 years and older
For children older than 7 years, you can use a high-back booster with the lap-sash seatbelt until they outgrow it. Once your child grows for the high-booster, you can either switch to a bigger booster or the adult car seat belt.
Car-seat for taxis and buses
Switch to front-facing car seat
Although the National Child Restraints and Car-seat laws in Australia state that your toddler can be forward-facing from 6 months, it is advisable to keep them rear-facing for as long as possible - typically for at least 2 years. Rear-facing car-seats provides support to these vital body parts and safeguard them during accidents.
Get approved car-seat
Always buy an approved child restraint, a car seat or booster which has a Australian Standards label, more specifically look for the standard AS/NZS 1754. It is one of the most stringent child restraint standards in the world which covers materials, design, construction, performance, testing, and labeling.
- Is more than 10 years old
- Has cracks, splits, loose and degrading straps, stress marks on its shell, and other damages
- Is broken or faulty buckles
- Has been in a crash