Free child restraint service puts safety first

A free initiative to properly fit child car restraints will mean a safer ride for kids living in, going to school or attending childcare in the City of Sydney and peace of mind for parents.

People can bring the vehicles and restraints to designated checking stations where approved installers will make sure anchor points are secure, restraints are properly fitted and parents know the correct way to use belts and buckles.

“Child restraints can save lives and prevent injuries in accidents, so it’s important people who drive with children have restraints properly installed,” Lord Mayor Clover Moore said.

“This is a simple, free service that hundreds of people sign up for each year. It makes sure kids are safe and secure when they’re travelling, and gives parents piece of mind when they’re driving.”

Sign-up for the program or phone 02 9265 9333.

A voucher will be provided for use at Roads and Maritime Services-approved checking stations, where authorised professionals will fit the restraints and conduct spot inspections.

Parents will also get tips on the correct installation of restraints and how to use them properly, such as ensuring straps are not twisted, adjusting shoulder straps to appropriate heights, and when a child is ready to move to a bigger seat.

Under Australian law, children travelling in vehicles must be secured in Australian Standards-approved restraints.

That means children:

  • younger than six months must be secured in a rear-facing restraint;
  • six months to four years must be secured in a rear or forward-facing restraint;
  • four to seven years be must secured in a forward-facing restraint or booster seat; and
  • younger than four years must travel in the back seat of a vehicle with two or more rows.

The normal cost of the services provided free under the program is around $15-$20 to inspect and adjust a child restraint, and $30-$75 to have a child restraint professionally fitted.

For more information, contact City of Sydney Senior Media Adviser Rohan Sullivan, phone 02 9246 7298 or 0414 617 086, or email

For interviews with Lord Mayor Clover Moore, contact Jonathon Larkin on 0477 310 149 or