Child restraint guidelines for QLD residents
Infants aged from 0 to 6 months must be restrained in an approved rearward facing restraint that is properly fastened.
Infants and children aged from 6 months to 4 years need to be restrained in an approved rearward facing restraint or an approved forward facing child restraint with a built in harness that is properly fastened. Infants are recommended to stay in a rearward facing restraint for as long as their size allows.
Children over 4 years should be restrained in an approved booster seat that has a secure adult seatbelt or a properly fastened H-harness. Children need to be restrained in this fashion until they are 7 years old.
The regulations recognise that some children may be too big or small for a specific restraint.
If your child is too small to move up to the next restraint, keep them in the lower level restraint until they are big enough to move up.
If your child is too large into the restraint specified for their age, they may move into the next level of restraint.
Children that are in approved Australian standard booster seats should remain in that seat until their shoulders reach the shoulder height marker.
Children in the front passenger seat
Your child’s age and the amount of seats available will determine if they’re able to sit in the front passenger seat.
If the vehicle only has one row of seats (ute) a child of any age is able to sit in that front row as long as they are properly restrained. A rearward facing child seat is not permitted for use if the vehicle has airbags fitted on the passenger’s side.
If the vehicle has two or more rows of seats a child under 4 is not permitted to sit in the front passenger seat. Your child is still not permitted if they are 3 and able to sit in a booster seat. If a child is between the ages of 4 and 7 they are not permitted to sit in the front passenger seat if the vehicle has a second row of seating. The only exception is if all other seats are taken by children under 7.
Child Restraint Penalties & Fines
The vehicle’s driver is responsible for ensuring all occupants are properly restrained. If the driver fails in his duties they are risking a fine of $300+ and the loss of three demerit points for each incorrectly restrained child.
Exemptions are allowed for taxis and limousines where child restraints aren’t provided, and on medical grounds where a certificate is provided by a doctor.
Have your child restraint fitted by an expert
To be sure you’ve done everything possible to keep your child safe, make sure you have your child restraint fitted by one of our trained and professional Restraint Fitters.