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Measurement Law Review

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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 4 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 have been released for input through our Consultation Hub. Each examined a specific aspect of Australia’s measurement framework.

  • The paper on the scope of Australia’s measurement laws was open for public consultation from 21 May 2018 to 22 July 2018. View published responses.
  • The papers examining traceable measurement, measuring instruments and measurement-based transactions were open for consultation from 4 April to 23 June 2019. View the published responses.
  • The final papers considering third-party and compliance arrangements were open for consultation from 29 October to 23 December 2019. The review team are currently working through the submissions. Thank you to everyone that made a submission.

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

If you missed the opportunity to provide input, you can send your comments to

Discussion papers

1. Scope of Australia’s Measurement Laws [3.2MB PDF] [7.9MB DOCX]

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 [2.2MB PDF] [2.4MB DOCX]

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

6. Compliance Arrangements [2.2MB PDF] [2.4MB DOCX]

What mechanisms can be used to effectively encourage compliant behaviour?

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