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

    • Sophie Wise AUSTRALIA
      • about 18 hours ago

      As a physio, I have seen the long term consequences injuries such as whiplash can have. Even at 12 months, babies can have serious injuries from the inertial forces and are unable to support and brace themselves during an accident. My 16 month old is still rear facing and I plan to keep her that way until she's at least 2, as is standard in many other countries.

    • elizabeth eyre AUSTRALIA
      • about 20 hours ago

      our children's safety!

    • Bethany Baldwin AUSTRALIA
      • 1 day ago

      This is important to me because I want the best and safest for my son, there are so many mum's that are willing to do the right thing but don't know what that might be and setting the law to a longer term rear facing would help reinforce safety.

    • Stewart Watson CRANHAM, UNITED KINGDOM
      • 4 days ago

      Concerned that Australian Standards are so much lower than European

    • Kelly Sutton-Holmes CURRAJONG, AUSTRALIA
      • 13 days ago

      This is extremely important to me not just for the ultimate safety for my own children but children around Australia and the parents who dont know any better then to put their children in forward facing after 6 months old. Everyone needs to be educated.


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