Keep Australian babies rear-facing in the car until 12 months of age
  • Petitioning The Hon Jamie Briggs MP

This petition will be delivered to:

Assistant Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development
The Hon Jamie Briggs MP
Chief Executive Officer
National Transport Commission
Federal Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development
The Hon Warren Truss MP

Keep Australian babies rear-facing in the car until 12 months of age

    1. Rear-Facing Down Under
    2. Petition by

      Rear-Facing Down Under

      Sydney, Australia

Australian Road Rules: Amend the National Child Restraint Laws as follows.

Children younger than 12 months must be secured in a rearward facing restraint.

Children aged 12 months to under 4 years of age must be secured in either a rearward or forward facing restraint.

The current Australian Child Restraint Laws are not doing enough to protect infants from serious injuries in motor vehicle crashes. Infants and toddlers are safer sitting rear-facing in the car for as long as possible. Rear-facing provides superior protection to vulnerable young bodies, as it is a much gentler way to ride down a collision. Six month old infants do not have well-developed spines to cope with the enormous forces involved in a collision when forward-facing. Australian child restraint manufacturers now recommend keeping babies rear-facing until 12 months of age. They have recognised the need for larger rear-facing child-restraints that can accommodate older babies and toddlers rear-facing. A recent draft of the Australian Child Restraint Standard has included new categories of child-restraints which will enable children to remain rear-facing for longer. This new Standard will come into effect in 2013. It is now time for the National Child Restraint Laws to reflect these changes and come into line with the new seats and technology that will be available to keep our children safer than ever before.

Please raise the minimum allowable age by law that a baby can be turned forward-facing in the car to 12 months of age. This law change will save lives.

Recent signatures


    1. Reached 1,000 signatures
    2. National Transport Commission response to our petition

      Rear-Facing Down Under
      Petition Organizer

      National Transport Commission response to our petition "Keep Australian babies rear-facing in the car until 12 months of age".

      "The best advice from road safety experts continues to be that because rearward facing travel is safer, you should only move your children to a forward facing child restraint when they have reached the weight or length limit, or upper shoulder height marker of their rearward facing child restraint. Just because a child has turned 6 months (or 12 months) does not mean the child is ready to travel in a forward facing child restraint."

      We thank the NTC for their response to our petition, and we also thank them for acknowledging that children are safer rear-facing in the car for as long as possible.

      Please share this important information with any parents you may know who are thinking of turning their baby forward-facing because they have reached 6 months of age. - Start, Join, and Win Campaigns for Change is the web's leading platform for social change, empowering anyone, anywhere to start petitions that make a difference.

    3. Reached 100 signatures


    Reasons for signing

    • Robyn Birch AUSTRALIA
      • about 6 hours ago

      I worries me how people disregard safety when we all know better.

    • Hanna Jones AUSTRALIA
      • about 24 hours ago

      It involves babies and that's what is important because they can't voice their opinions so we the adults must speak for them.

      • 1 day ago

      Our children are so precious and deserve protection. I would've loved to be able to keep my child rear facing beyond the 15m we got out of our capsule but were unable to find a restraint to do so!!

    • Rebecca Prout AUSTRALIA
      • 4 days ago

      I have 4 young children. My youngest is 8 months and measures 75cm but is unable to sit supported. No way will I forward face him.

    • Alison Mackie AUSTRALIA
      • 4 days ago

      Child car safety should be important to everyone!


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