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Road Safety laws

Know your legal obligations - what are the requirements for traveling with children?

The National Road Safety Laws for child restraint and booster seat requires:

Children less than six months to be secured in an approved, properly fastened and adjusted, rear-facing child restraint, such as an infant carrier or capsule;
Children from six months to less than four years must be secured in an approved, properly fastened and adjusted, rear-facing child child restraint or a forward facing child restraint with an inbuilt harness;
 Children aged from four years to less than seven years must wear an approved, properly fasted and adjusted, forward-facing child restraint with an in-built harness (within manufacture's guidelines) or an approved booster seat which is properly positioned and fastened; and
From seven years of age children can travel in a car secured in either:
a booster seat;
a booster seat and child harness; 
a seat belt and child harness; or
 the car's seat belt.

How do I find out about the legal obligations of travelling with Children?

Each State/Territory has specific Road Rule exemptions.  Refer to your State or Territory's specific Road Laws Guide to understand your legal obligations.

Click here to see your State/Territory's Guide



Safe-n-Sound recommends that babies and children stay in their child restraint or booster as long as they fit. Smaller children do not need to move to the next category when they reach the ages in the rules.

A child that turned 4 who still fits in their forward facing child restraint with in-built harness should stay in that restraint.

A child who turned seven should remain in their booster seat as long as they fit.

The Safety of Australian Children

Approximately 500 children a year are killed or seriously injured in car accidents nationally. This reform responds to calls from road safety experts, police and local communities for a stronger minimum standard.

Research shows that younger children are not correctly restrained when they move to a booster too early or when they are just sitting on the car seat using the seat belt. Experts suggest that children are moving too early into inappropriate restraint such as booster seats and seat belts, which are not appropriate for their weight and height and therefore increase the risk of injury.

Safe-n-Sound Child Restraints

All products currently sold by Safe-n-Sound will allow for parents and carers to transport children in a manner that will satisfy the road rules in each state and territory. No change to the product is required.

The Road Rules govern use of the product not the design and specification. To help you select the right Safe-n-Sound product for your child we have prepared guides for all states/territories  - Click here for your relevant guide.


How Safe-n-Sound will support you

Safe-n-Sound will continue to update consumers about changes to road rules.

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