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National Child Restraint Best Practice Guidelines

Keeping children as safe as possible while travelling in motor vehicles

Public comment has NOW CLOSED for updated National Guidelines for the Safe Restraint of Children Travelling in Motor Vehicles.

2013 National Guidelines

The National Guidelines for the Safe Restraint of Children Travelling in Motor Vehicles have been developed under the auspices of Neuroscience Research Australia (NeuRA) and Kidsafe – The Child Accident Prevention Foundation of Australia. They provide best practice recommendations that have been approved by the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC).

NeuRA and Kidsafe want to see all children as safe as they can be when travelling in cars. Ensuring that parents receive straightforward, consistent advice from all sources on how to keep children safe in cars is an important step in making this happen.

Information for parents and carers

Keeping Children as Safe as Possible When Travelling in Cars – Download PDF Brochure which includes the 5-step test. 

For more detailed information on keeping children safe, including restraint choice, correct use, and other situations see: Kidsafe – Car and Road Safety Resources 

Information for road safety professionals

These documents were approved by NHMRC Council on the 2nd of July 2013.

Guidelines Document. This document contains an executive summary plus all the research evidence to support the guidelines recommendations. It includes guidelines covering choice of an appropriate restraint, correct use of restraints, seating position, and other less common situations.

Technical Report. This document describes the methods used in developing the guidelines and assessing the research evidence.

Administrative Report. This document describes the process of developing the guideline, including the processes used for developing the guideline.

Dissemination Plan. This document describes how the guidelines are intended to be disseminated.