Approved child restraints

The following table shows the types of restraint your child will need, sorted by age group:

Age of child Use this restraint
Under 6 months Rear facing restraint - eg: baby capsule. This must not be in the front seat of a vehicle with two or more rows of seats.
6 months to under 4 years Rear-facing or forward-facing restraint. This must not be in the front row of a vehicle with two or more rows of seats.
4 years to under 7 years Forward-facing restraint or booster seat. This can only sit in the front seat of a vehicle with two or more rows when all other seats are occupied by younger children in an approved child restraint.
Over 7 years Adult seatbelt or a booster seat

If your child is too small for a restraint, keep them in the previous level of restraint for as long as needed.

If your child is too large for the restraint, they may move to the next level.

Your child is too large for a restraint when:

  • the harness straps are below the shoulders, or their shoulders no longer fit if they are under six months old
  • their shoulders no longer fit comfortably and their eye level is higher than the back of the seat if they are up to four years old.

The Australian Government's guide to child restraints (592.3 kb) contains information on driving with babies and young children, and how to install child restraints.

For more information go to the national child restraint best practice guidelines page on the Neuroscience Research Australia website.

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Last updated: 27 June 2017