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Australian Capital Territory

Forms and templates for allied health professionals

Complying with road laws and vehicle standards

In the Australian Capital Territory (ACT) there are road laws relating to the transport of children with disabilities and medical conditions (under 16 years). The road laws exempt the driver from transporting a child in an Australian standard car seat. However, there are different rules for transporting children under 7 years, and children 7 to under 16 years.

The are also vehicle standard exemption requirements for the legal use of seatbelt buckle covers.

Engineering certification requirements: MACA acknowledges there is confusion and mixed information regarding engineering certification requirements relating to the use of special purpose car seats. We are developing Product Guides (expected to be available in October) for each special purpose car seat which will provide clarity regarding requirements. If you need assistance in the interim please contact us.

Seatbelt buckle covers

The ACT Government (Transport Canberra and City Services) advises that seatbelt buckle covers are not compliant with the Australian Design Rules applicable to seatbelts, or the ACT Road Transport (Vehicle Registration) Regulation 2000 (Vehicle Registration Regulation).

Parents/guardians can apply for an exemption under section 104 of the Vehicle Registration Regulation by contacting the Vehicle Inspection and Technical Unit in Access Canberra via email or phone 02 6207 7236.

For more information refer to MACA's buckle cover model policy.

Advice to Parent form

MACA recommends an Advice to Parent form be carried in each vehicle the child travels in. In some states and territories, this is a legal requirement.

The MACA Guide, provided free to participants of our online training course, includes detailed information to assist prescribers in completing the form.

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Sample medical certificate wording

Provides example wording that the prescriber can provide to the medical practitioner to support parents requesting a medical certificate.

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The forms and sample letter templates in this section of our website are strictly for the use of health professionals. MACA bears no responsibility for unauthorised use of these forms as this may place children at risk.


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