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New South Wales

Forms and templates for allied health professionals

Complying with road laws

In New South Wales there are road laws relating to the transport of children with disabilities and medical conditions (under 16 years). These rules 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.

There 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 NSW Vehicle Standards Information 49 (VSI 49) provides the conditions that must be met for the legal use of a seatbelt buckle cover, without needing to apply to Transport for NSW for approval.

VSI 49 is out-of-date and MACA has requested this be updated. MACA has been advised that this is being actioned. The current VSI 49 requires the following:

  • medical certificate to be carried in the vehicle with the buckle cover manufacturer’s instructions attached.
  • the seatbelt buckle cover must comply with AS 4370:1996 (note this standard is out of date) and be fitted in accordance with manufacturer’s instructions.
  • the seatbelt buckle cover must be removed when not being used by the nominated person.

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.

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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