A national register of the vehicle restraint options used by children with disabilities and medical conditions in motor vehicles in Australia.
MACA's product listings are based on category type:
special purpose car seats, Australian standard car seats and harnesses/vests.
Read more about these categories below.
Note: MACA does not sell or supply products. This national register provides independent information about the vehicle restraint options available in Australia today, and includes supplier contact details.
Australian standard car seats
Search MACA's national register of Australian standard car seats often used by children with disabilities and medical conditions
Special purpose car seats
The national register of special purpose car seats is MACA's official list of products. It was developed as part of our Australian Government Department of Social Services funded National Information Resource and Transport Accident Commission funded Australian Safety Assessment Program (AuSAP).
Special purpose car seats provide additional features not available on Australian standard car seats such as swivel base, footrest, extra postural support and additional recline. You can learn more about special purpose car seats here.
Australian standard car seats
The national register of Australian standard car seats features car seats more commonly used by children with disabilities and medical conditions.
Australian standard car seats are not part of AuSAP because they comply with the Australian/New Zealand Standard 1754 Child restraint systems for use in motor vehicles and there is already an independent assessment program and website for these kinds of restraints.
If your assessment, using The MACA Guide, identifies your client needs a swivel base, footrest, extra postural support or additional recline, you will need to consider special purpose car seats.
The national register of harnesses and vests includes the products available in Australia today.
There is little evidence base informing the use of harnesses and vests in Australia. To address this, MACA is progressing research in this area and is currently seeking funding to review harnesses and vests with the aim of including them in AuSAP’s next stage of work.
Harnesses and vests do not comply with Australian standards as there is currently no standard for harnesses and vests. However, Standards Australia is developing a new standard (AS 5384 Accessories for seatbelts used in motor vehicles). The development work started in February 2022.
This new standard will consider the inclusion of harnesses and vests and is intended to cover the design, performance, marking, instructions and information on packaging. MACA is represented on the standard committee responsible for developing this standard.
You can learn more about harnesses and vests here.
The national register is a selection of available products at the time of publication and is not intended to be an exhaustive list of all available products in the market. References to any specific product, brand or website does not constitute an endorsement or recommendation by MACA.