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South Australia

Understanding road laws


When children are prescribed special purpose car seats, modified Australian standard car seats, harnesses/vests, and other devices (e.g seatbelt buckle covers) there are specific road rules and vehicle standards that must be complied with in South Australia.

The most common rules for South Australia are summarised below.

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There are different rules for transporting children under 7 years, and children 7 to under 16 years, and vehicle standard exemption requirements to comply with.

If a child with disability or medical condition (under 16 years of age) is prescribed a special purpose car seat, modified Australian standard car seat, or harness/vest the following road rules must be complied with.

MACA wrote to the South Australian (SA) government, on 15 March 2023 and 26 May 2023 requesting removal of the barriers in SA legislation, and government processes, impacting families whose children require access to specialty child restraint products. These barriers also impact suppliers and health professionals.

We are pleased to share that we received a reply from the Hon Tom Koutsantonis MP on the 28 August 2023, advising that he has asked the Department for Infrastructure and Transport to thoroughly explore our recommendations and confirmed that the department is undertaking a comprehensive review. This review is expected to be finalised by the end of 2023.

Currently, families whose children are prescribed specialty child restraint products are required to attend the Department for Infrastructure and Transport’s (DIT), Regency Park office to obtain a certificate of exemption. This exemption relates only to the vehicle/s that DIT staff have reviewed, and the process needs to be repeated if a child travels in other vehicles, or the family change their vehicle.

This process is unnecessarily and unfairly disadvantaging the rights of children with disabilities to access the products they need for daily transport.

For more information, contact DIT Tel: 1300 882 248, Email: [email protected]

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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Disclaimer: The Advice to Parent form is only for use by MACA trained professionals. MACA bears no responsibility for unauthorised use of this form.


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