Child Car Restrains Rules for Western Australia

I thought it may be useful to share this with Singaporeans with young kids who are planning to migrate or taking a short trip to Perth. With the public transport infrastructure here yet to match up with our world class transport back home, most of us will be commuting by car. Thus if you are bringing along the young ones, it is good to know what you are require to provide for them under the WA law.

The Law 
Laws came into effect on 1 October 2010 that introduced rules for the restraint of children in vehicles. 
The laws reduce the risk of injury caused by the use of unsuitable restraints for a child’s size by specifying the type of restraint to be used at different ages and where children must be seated in a vehicle. 
The laws require children from: 
Birth to under 6 months to be restrained in a rearward facing child restraint (e.g. infant capsule) 
6 months to under 4 years to be restrained in either a rearward or forward facing child restraint with in-built harness 
4 years to under 7 years to be restrained in either a forward facing child restraint or booster seat restrained by a correctly adjusted and fastened seat belt or child safety harness. 
Also, children under 4 years are not allowed to sit in the front seat of a vehicle with two or more rows of seats, and those from 4 years to under 7 years are only allowed to sit in the front seats if all rear seats are occupied by children less than 7 years of age.
Children 7 years and over can be restrained in an adult seat belt or booster seat.

Basically, if you child is 7 years old and below, you have to provide the right form of child car restrain for him or her. I know some of you self proclaimed car gods will think it is not necessary to do so, given your all reliable Black Vios and impressive drifting skills acquired on the rainy expressways of Singapore. However, according to the Office of Road Safety of Western Australia (not road safety park mind you), every year, children dies or get seriously injured when the car they were travelling in is involved in a crash. I shall spare you the actual statistics because as far as I'm concerned, a single dead child is one too many. So belt up your kids here if you don't want increase your odds of adding them to the statistics.

Child car seats brands that typical Singaporeans go for easily cost around A$300 here. So be prepared to crack your bank if you have 3 kids. Nobody says raising kids is cheap in Australia. However, you have the choice if you are willing to take it. For example I got all my child car seats FREE on Gumtree. They were used but have been serving me great so far. For your benefit, I will attach a pic of a "child car seat" and a "booster seat" respectively with a quick search on Gumtree. Unfortunately there are no free give-aways tonight but we have something close.

This is a baby car seat

And this is a booster seat


1) Belt up your child

2) You have a choice to go cheap or free doing so

3) WA Gumtree users do not know how to rotate pictures

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