Forms and templates for allied health professionals
Complying with road laws and vehicle standards
In Tasmania 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 seats. 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.
Children under 7 years
The driver is exempt from transporting a child in an Australian standard car seats, providing:
* the driver is carrying a medical certificate that states the child is unable to travel in an Australian standard car seat because of their medical condition or disability.
* the child is travelling in a child restraint designed for a person with a disability or medical condition.
Children under 7 years (modified compliant child restraint, harness/vest)
The driver is exempt from transporting a child in an Australian standard car seat, and able to transport the child in a modified car seat or harness/vest providing:
* the driver is carrying a medical certificate that states the person should not wear a seatbelt because of a disability or medical condition.
Note: This only applies to harnesses and vests that use the vehicle's anchorage point, and/or convert the seatbelt to a lap belt.
Children 7 to under 16 years
The driver is exempt from transporting a child in an Australian standard car seat or vehicle seatbelt, providing:
The driver is carrying a medical certificate that states a medical practitioner believes the person should not wear a seatbelt because of a disability or medical condition.
Seatbelt buckle covers
The Department of State Growth in Tasmania advises that the fitment of a seatbelt buckle cover means the seatbelt no longer complies with the relevant Australian Design Rules (ADR) applicable to seatbelts. This is because the buckle cover prevents the operation of the buckle release being performed in a single action, as required by the ADRs.
An exemption is required and may be issued for each specified vehicle to which the buckle cover will be applied.
To get an exemption the applicant (owner or registered operator of each vehicle) must complete both an application and prescription form for assessment.
For more information contact: Department of State Growth, Telephone: 1300 135 513
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.
Prescribers' sample referral to medical practitioner
Provides standard wording to help prescribers write a referral letter to the medical practitioner for the purpose of assisting the parent to get a medical certificate.
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.