Forms and templates for allied health professionals
Complying with road laws and vehicle standards
In Victoria there are road rules relating to the transport of children with disabilities and medical conditions (under 16 years). In addition there are vehicle standards requirements to comply with, depending on the restraint type prescribed.
Seatbelt buckle covers: the legal requirements for the use of seatbelt buckle covers remain unclear in Victoria. MACA continues to raise this issue with Vicroads and this page will be updated to reflect any advice received. If you need assistance please contact us.
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.
If a child with a disability or medical condition (under 16 years of age) is unable to travel in an Australian standard car seat or vehicle seatbelt then the driver of the vehicle is required to comply with the following road rules in Victoria:
A registered medical practitioner has provided a current medical certificate stating that due to the child’s disability or medical condition it is impracticable, undesirable or inexpedient that the child be restrained in a Australian standard car seat or seatbelt.
The driver is complying with any conditions stated in the medical certificate.
The certificate is carried in the vehicle in which the child is travelling and produced by the driver to a police officer (or authorised person) if requested.
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 letter 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.