Identifying if your car seat is Australian Standards
The only restraints allowed to be used, sold, loaned, gifted or borrows are restraints that have the Australian Standard AS/NZS1754 sticker (above). Child Car Restraints AS/NZS 1754:2010 onward are based on the child’s age, height & weight.
This has changed from earlier standards which are based on the child’s weight. When using a restraint from an earlier Standard you must still comply with the manufacturer’s weight limit for that particular restraint.
Parents must exhaust all options available, before considering moving their child to the next category of restraints.
Western Australian regulations
A child is not required to use a child car restraint that is unsuitable for their height or weight.
Children who are too tall or heavy for the type of child car restraint should use a child car restraint for the next age category.
Children that are too small for the type of child car restraint that the laws say should be used, can be restrained in a child car restraint specified for a younger child.
In Western Australia, parents or carers of any child who requires a child restraint but cannot comply with AS/NZS 1754, must apply to the Department of Transport for approval to use a different Standard restraint or an exemption. Depending on the circumstances, approval may be given to use AS/NZS 4370, which is the Standard for restraints for children with disabilities.
Can I use a car seat from overseas?
No. Only restraints that meet the Australian Standard for child restraints can be used legally in Western Australia. It is also illegal to sell or hire restraints that do not meet Australian Standards. Check your car seat to ensure it carries an Australian Standards Marker sticker AS/NZS 1754.
Identifying a restraint from overseas.
Orange Class label = Illegal in Australia
3 Point Harness