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Austroads project to investigate harnesses/vests

This world first, two-year research project, is being undertaken for both Australia and New Zealand

Take the harness/vest survey

Survey is open to Australian and New Zealand parents/guardians with a child who uses a specialty harness/vest while travelling in a vehicle

Project overview

Aim: To investigate harnesses and vests commonly used by children with disabilities and medical conditions when travelling in motor vehicles.

Partners: MACA is delivering this Austroads project, in partnership with The George Institute for Global Health.

Project working group: The Austroads project working group members are:

  • Project Manager, Tom Whyte, Transport for NSW
  • Helen Lindner and Emma Clarkson, MACA Ltd
  • Louise Purcell and Elvira Lazar, Department of Transport (Vic)
  • Alysse Gavlik, Department of State Growth (Tas)

Years: 2022-2024

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The challenge

Specialty harnesses and vests are not provided for in standards and there is a lack of research regarding their design, safety, performance, and use.

This world first, two-year research project, is being undertaken for both Australia and New Zealand and will address these knowledge gaps.

The outcomes of this work will help to develop information and recommendations to guide harness/vest use for children with disabilities and medical conditions.

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This project includes three key activities:

  • Undertaking a survey to provide a holistic understanding of harness/vest use and access in the community.
  • Conducting a desktop review of vehicle types harnesses/vests are used in; harness/vest products; compliance with vehicle standards, Australian/New Zealand standards, overseas standards, and road laws; as well as potential safety and usability issues.
  • Engagement of experts to review the range of harnesses/vests and provide recommendations relating to safe use in motor vehicles.

Survey FAQs

Answers to your questions about the harness/vest survey

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