General questions and their answers about child car seats in Australia. Baby Car Seat Laws and requirements.
When your gorgeous newborn is ready to go home,
from the hospital, for the very first time, it is a very emotional time for the
new parents. However, similar to any other developed country, a baby car seat
is essential to drive your newborn home.
Below are a few general questions and their answers
regarding baby car seats and the laws related to them in Australia:
Do I need to
buy a baby car seat?
In Australia it is a legal requirement to carry
your children up to the age of 8 years in a car seat. It is for your child’s
own safety to protect them from serious injuries on roads.
How to choose a
The type of restraint to be used depends on the
person’s age and size:
Type of Car Seat
From newborn up to 6 months old
Rear- facing baby car seat
From 6 months up to 4 years old
Either a rear facing or forward facing child car seat
From 4 years upto7 years
Either a forward facing child car seat with a built-in harness or a
from 7 years to less than 16 years
Either a booster seat or have the choice to use seatbelt of adult car
16 years and above
adult seat belt
Do we need a
car seat while travelling in a taxi?
No. Your child can sit on your lap; Hold him/her
tightly if the taxi does not have a suitable car seat for your child, as they
are exempt from providing one, by law. Therefore, it is better if you bring your
own baby car seat with you, if possible, in order to protect your child from
How to choose a
You must choose a child car seat depending upon
your child’s age and weight. However what brand to choose from is completely up
to you, as long as they are labelled with an Australian Standards sticker for
the standard AS/NZS 1754.
What is an
ISOFIX compatible child car seat?
An ISOFIX compatible child car seat is quick and
easy to fix in the car as they can be directly connected to or attached to
specific points of the car.
Earlier they were used in USA and Europe only but now they are available
in Australia as well. These ISOFIX compatible car seats must meet Australian
standards otherwise it is illegal to use in Australia.
Note: Please note that rules and regulations about children and car
seats in Australia are subject to change without notice by the law making and
law enforcement agencies of Australia without being updated on this website.
Always best to regularly update yourself with new laws and regulations.
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