In early 2008, new laws regarding the use of child car restraints were adopted in Western Australia, which made it law that all children up to the age of seven years must be restrained in a height and weight-appropriate child car restraint.
It is important that not only you have the correct child restraint but that it is fitted correctly, as current research suggested that one in three child car seats are not properly fitted.
Below is a list of accredited organisations in Perth that will fit car seats. Prices vary but range from $30-$40.
Click here to read the laws and regulations surround child restraints in Western Australia including:
the types of restraints children must use according to age
use of second-hand car restraints
where children are legally able to sit, and from what age
explanation of age versus weight restrictions
use of different harness types
rules for riding in buses and taxis and charter vehicles
cars with built-in booster seats and cars with no anchor points/seat belts
For more information about the most appropriate child restraint for your child and vehicle, contact the Child Car Restraint Information Line on 1300 780 713.
Kidsafe Kidsafe website Address: 140 Railway Parade, West Leederville
Phone: (08) 6244 4880
Services: car restraint advice, hire and fitting. Will fit new car seats, check current seats and reverse from rear-facing to forward facing. Kidsafe also sell child safe restraints and accessories such as extension straps and anchor bolts.
Kidsafe also run occasional free child restraint checking days. Check the website for details.
Bookings required: call (08) 6244 4880
Baby Bunting Baby Bunting website Held in partnership with Kidsafe, Baby Bunting offers restraint fitting services. Bookings are essential and must be made with individual store. Costs vary at store locations.
Joondalup (Mondays and Tuesdays) Shop 5 Masters Home Improvement Centre, 11 Injune Way, Joondalup
Phone: 08 9300 0927
Glengarry Private Hospital Held in partnership with Kidsafe, Glengarry Hospital offers restraint fitting services fortnightly on Saturday mornings. Bookings are essential and must be made through the Kidsafe Office on (08) 9340 8509.
Car Seat Fitting Car Seat Fitting website Address: Shop 4, 260 Leach Highway, Corner of Norma Rd, Booragoon (behind Babyroad)
Phone: (08) 9317 1423
Services: accredited fitters, conversion or rearward to forward facing. You can also purchase car restraints and a full range of child/car accessories from Babyroad.
Bookings essential: book online or call (08) 9317 1423.
Services: accredited fitters, hire of baby capsules and car seats, restraint fitting, conversion and checking, sale of accessories. They are also a mobile service and will come and fit car seats at a location of your choice (for an extra cost).
Services: Mobile installation and child restraint education. Offers type one and type two fitting from Mandurah to Perth.
Local Councils for residents only
City of Stirling offer free checking service (not fitting). By appointment only. Call Road safety Officer on (08) 9205 8555
Town of Cambridge free fitting and checking service on first and third Tuesday of the month between 9.30am-12.30pm. Call the Town's Community Safety Officer on 9347 6085 to make a booking. The service is also available to non-residents for a fee of $25.00.
City of Melville - free fitting of car child seats on the first Tuesday of every month from 9.00am to 12 noon, at the Melville Civic Centre 10 Almondbury Road, Booragoon. To book, email email@example.com with your name, contact number, and preferred fitting date and time, or call 1300 635 845 | 9364 0666.
City of Wanneroo - free child car restraint safety checking and installation service for residents. To arrange an appointment contact the Citys Road Safety and TravelSmart Officer on 9405 5384 Editor's note service is no longer offered.
City of Fremantle free fitting service for residents by appointment on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays. Call 9432 9999 for an appointment.
City of Subiaco residents can have a free fitting or check at Kidsafe at PMH but you must collect a vouchers from the citys Administration Centre (241 Rokeby Road) during business hours. Proof of residency is required.
City of Swan free fitting service for residents. By appointment only call 9267 9183.
City of Vincent free fitting service for residents and businesses by appointment. Call 9273 6000.
For more accredited fitters who operate out of private businesses such as auto-repairs, daycares and baby hire and supplies, check out the WALGA website for locations north of the river and south of the river.
Anchorage Point Installers If you need an extra anchor point installed in your car you will need to go to an authorised centre. There are a number of centres across Perth, including Bayswater, Malaga, Carlisle and Welshpool.
To find a list of Installers approved by the Department of Transport see page three of this document.