Exemptions

Exemptions to the bicycle helmet law in Australia

Northern Territory

Adults are exempts on bicycle paths, footpaths and off roads.

The law is rarely enforced.

New South Wales

Paying passengers on pedicabs are exempt.

The law is rarely enforced.

If you do get a fine, you can challenge it in court. Several people have done it.

Western Australia

You can get an exemption for medical reasons.

People who cannot wear a helmet for religious reasonsĀ are exempt.

The law is rarely enforced.

Australia Capital Territory

The law states that cyclist should not cycle without a helmet “without a reasonable excuse”.

The law is rarely enforced.

Queensland

Paying passengers on pedicabs are exempt.

People who cannot wear a helmet for religious reasons are exempt.

A medical exemption is available.

Enforcement varies across towns.

South Australia

Members of the Sikh religion are exempt.

Enforcement varies across towns.

Victoria

Paying passengers on pedicabs are exempt.

You can get an exemption for medical or religious reasons.

Enforcement varies across towns.

3 thoughts on “Exemptions”

  1. Hi,
    I am living in Canberra. As I came to know from your website that every state either has exempted sikhs to wear bicycle helmets or sikhs can apply for exemption (like in Victoria).
    Is there any such exemption that I can apply in ACT and how I can apply?

    Regards
    Navdeep Singh

    1. Unfortunately there is no exemption for sikhs in the ACT.
      There is a push to review the helmet law in the ACT. It might be worthwhile requesting an exemption for sikhs as part of it.

  2. Cyclists have been used for propagandist reasons right from the start. The present archaic and deadly transport mess in Australia will continue to smash people up. The mobile chicanes of helmet clad cyclists create a sight which says “safety”, as if there is some kind of regulation to it all. What is more it creates an us and them which is sadly completely unnecessary.

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