Welcome to ACRI

The Australian Child restraint Resource Initiative is a member organisation dedicated to supporting businesses and individuals concerned with the correct use of child restraints.

Formed in 2005 the ACRI is committed to providing peak systems and programs for the management of child restraint services and awareness through either commercial and or community delivery.

ACRI members are from sectors involved in child care, retail supply, installation and consultancy services, engineering and manufacturing.

Our members are there for your benefit, so always look for the ACRI logo to ensure you are dealing with someone who knows how to help you.

We invite you to call on one of our registered practitioners to assist with any concern you have with making the automotive travel of your child safer.

Let’s all travel safely.

How can we help?

What's your interest in child restraints?

Are you looking for a service provider? If so, use our 'Provider search' in the green panel at right. Or are you a:

  • Parent
  • Retailer
  • Business manager
  • Installation and integration
  • Child carer/ educator
  • Car rental agency
  • Hirer of restraint equipment
  • Automotive repair workshop
  • Family services provider
  • Manufacturer
  interested in..?




ACRI Overview

ACRI - Australian child restraint resource initiative – is the No 1 – number one - place to gain training on child restraint use and understanding issues in Australia.

New South Wales, Western Australia, South Australia, Tasmania, Victoria, Northern Territory, Australian Capital Territory, Queensland are all catered for by our services.   Family day care, automotive service, repair, new car sales, professional installation or fitting services, nannies, child care and Family and community services. The car rental industry is also covered.

ACRI specialises in sharing solutions for easy understanding of child restraint use issues. Improving child restraint safety for all of our littlest road users and making it easier for parents to satisfy themselves that they are doing it right. Media articles from all stakeholder sectors have been used to highlight that parents ‘Have to use’ child restraints, but have generally failed in making it simpler for everyone. One example is that people have been told that they need to use a child restraint, read here: Capsule, chair, booster, toddler car seat, infant restraint combination restraint, convertible restraint, because of the road rules and to avoid a fine. No they don’t.  Child restraint products ‘have to be used to provide a safer environment for the smaller passengers who are;

1.    At risk of using an inappropriate restraint system, read ‘Seat belt’. Or....

2.    Under developed, physically and can benefit from specific injury protection practices.

They are the only two reasons that child restraint systems need to be used. The Road rule is only the ‘Big stick’ approach to ‘making people do something’ in protecting child automotive passengers. It has never been the pinnacle practice to aim for as it’s an absolute minimum approach.

Do we need the child restraint road rules?  Of course, as unfortunately, while we have the culture we currently have there will always be those who don’t act unless threatened by an authority.

Sadly, the child restraint road rules and child restraint use generally have been promoted in ways that dis-empower the day to day user. One example of this is the over importance placed on comfort inserts. These may offer some protection from abrasions in some cases, but in most practical usage we find that they hamper correct use of the harness either through twists and or maladjustment. The harness is where the focus should be not a comfort device.

ACRI would like it to be known that we do not promote and or condone international child restraint images being displayed on ACRI member web pages and or in their advertising material. The subtle importance of this aspect is lost to many individual managers and design teams. Once images have been agreed to and purchased it can be difficult to source and institute substitutes.  This factor is unfortunately aligned with those who blatantly promote overseas practices and products, which of course we do not.  ACRI is constantly trying to tidy up this and many other poor message contributions. Please work with us in eradicating misinformation.

Program ‘A’ training (professional level) Scheduled at Bundoora when enrolment forms are submitted.

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