Child Car Restraints

The correct child car restraint should offer the optimum protection for your child if you are involved in a crash. Use this information to make sure your child car restraint is correctly fitted and that your vehicle has properly installed child car restraint anchorage points.

Choose the right restraint

The minimum age requirements for child car restraints are:
Birth - 6 months
•    Rearward facing restraint - capsule or rearward facing convertible restraint
6 months - 4 years
•    Rearward facing restraint, or
•    Forward facing restraint with a five-point internal harness - forward facing convertible restraint with a five point internal harness, or a combination restraint used with a five point internal harness.
4 - 7 years
•    Forward facing restraint with a five-point internal harness, or
•    Booster seat with a lap sash seat belt or h-harness, or
•    Combination restraint used in a booster seat mode.
The Australian Standard for Child Car Restraints AS/NZS 1754:2010 and 2013.


Child car restraint calculator

For the safety of your child, use restraints that are:
•    appropriate for your child's size and height
•    not old, worn restraints over 10 years old (or that have previously been in a crash)
•    correctly installed in cars.
Find the correct car restraint for your child by using the calculator below.
 

Correctly fit your child car restraint

The correct child car restraint will only provide the optimum protection for your child if it is correctly fitted. 

The public can access a list of Type 1 Child Car Restraint Fitters around the state through their local WALGA RoadWise Committee. 

The Department of Transport has a list of Type 2 Child Restraint Fitting Station Some older vehicles require anchor points to be added Type 2  Type 1 More information is available on the The public can get more information on The service also provides a telephone information service and this website to provide the public with access to information about fitting service locations and advice on child car restraints. 

The service coordinates the Child Car Restraint Reference Group, which brings together agencies and organisations with the aim of providing consistent and agreed policies in relation to child car restraints in Western Australia.

 

Exemptions

In Western Australia, parents and carers of any child who requires a child car restraint must comply with AS/NZS 1754. 
  
Those who cannot comply with AS/NZS 1754 must apply to the Department of Transport for approval to use AS/NZS 4370, which is the standard of restraints for children with a disability. 
 
Inquiries about child restraint exemptions for children with a disability should be directed to: 

Vehicle Safety and Standards 
Department of Transport 
21 Murray Road South WELSHPOOL 6106 
Tel: (08) 9216 3891 
Tel: (08) 9216 3891

Child Car Restraints Calculator

Please select height and age of your child