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Publication Date: 
April 2019

The Measurement Law Review is identifying aspects of Australia’s Measurement framework that can be modernised, streamlined or simplified.

The review will develop reform options for the consideration of the Australian Government in 2020.

Review objectives

In considering Australia’s measurement framework, the review has four objectives:

  1. Developing and advancing measurement activities that support Australia and its economy.
  2. Strengthening strategic measurement capabilities.
  3. Supporting confidence in measurement—domestically and internationally.
  4. Promoting innovation through a modern approach to measurement infrastructure.

Terms of reference

Read the Measurement Law Review terms of reference [162KB PDF] [70KB DOCX]

Public consultation

The review is gathering input and insights from stakeholders about Australia’s measurement legislation.

Six discussion papers are due to be released, each examining a specific aspect of Australia’s measurement framework.

The discussion papers will be released for input through our Consultation Hub.

The Scope of Australia’s Measurement Laws Discussion Paper opened for public consultation on 21 May 2018 and closed 22 July 2018. A high volume of submissions were received.

A second set of discussion papers are open for consultation from 4 April to 31 May 2019.

Two further discussion papers are expected to be released later this year.

If you wish to be kept updated about the progress of the review and the release of discussion papers, please email and we will add your details to our mailing list.

Discussion papers

1. Scope of Australia’s Measurement Laws

What should Australia’s measurement laws cover in a modern economy?

2. Traceable Measurement [3.8MB PDF] [1.11MB DOCX]

What are the legally acceptable ways of ascertaining if a measurement is consistent with a unit of measurement allowed for legal use in Australia?

3. Measuring Instruments [3.7MB PDF] [1.26 DOCX]

What is the best way to ensure measuring instruments are suitably accurate and appropriate for use in both trade and non-trade contexts?

4. Measurement-based Transactions [3.7MB PDF] [1.08MB DOCX]

How can measurement laws ensure a level playing field for trade and ensure consumer confidence in a modern economy?

5. Third-party Arrangements

What arrangements for third parties would best support Australia’s measurement framework and technical measurement infrastructure?

6. Compliance Arrangements

What mechanisms can be used to effectively encourage compliant behaviour?

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