Choosing the right child restraint
All children up to seven years of age must be in the right restraint for their age. Penalties apply.
The NRMA now offers free* child restraint installation for Premium Care and Premium Plus Members.
NSW child restraint laws
- 0 - 6 months must be secured in a rearward facing restraint.
- 6 months - 4 years must be in a rearward or forward facing restraint.
- 4 - 7 years much be in a forward facing restraint or booster seat.
- The penalty for not having a child in the right restraint for their age is $298 and three demerit points
More information on NSW child restraint laws
Types of restraints
- Rearward facing restraint
- Forward facing restraint
- Convertible restraint
- Booster seat
More information on Child Road Safety
CREP - Child restraint safety rating
- The Child Restraint Evaluation Program (CREP) gives parents an ease of use and safety rating on individual child restraints.
- Child restrains are designed to match a child's age and size.
- All child restraints sold in Australia must comply with the Australian/New Zealand Standard AS/NZS 1754
Using a restraint correctly
- Check that any straps or belts are not twisted.
- Listen for the click when buckling your child in.
- The harness should be fitted firmly (two fingers should fit between your child and the harness.)
RMS fitting stations
- Use a Roads and Maritime Services authorised fitting station for advice on installing and using the restraint
- Find your closest Authorised Child Restraint Fitting Stations
Child Restraints FAQsDon't know whether to hire or buy? Can't get your child to stay strapped in? Get the answers in our Child Restraints FAQs.
Download the following PDFs
Child Restraint Buying Guide (PDF 1MB/2 pages)
Child Restraint guidelines (PDF 2.35MB/119 pages)
Consumer Guidelines (PDF 1.6MB/21 pages)
Restraint guidelines brochure (PDF 1.7MB/2 pages)
*Special accessories are not included. Terms and conditions apply.