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In 2017-18, trade measurement inspectors examined 71,733 lines of packaged goods (271,243 individual packages) to check whether they:

  • contained the correct amount (weight, volume or units) as displayed on the label
  • displayed sufficient measurement marking (e.g. weight, price per kilogram and total price for the article) in the correct format and position
  • included correct packer identification (name and street address of packer if packed within Australia or name and address of importer or seller)

The proportion of packaged goods lines found to have short measure or non-compliant measurement labelling has increased slightly over recent years, perhaps reflecting improvements to NMI’s risk-based targeting of inspections.

Year Packaged lines inspected Individual packages Line with short measures Lines with non-compliant labelling
2015-16 80,163 319,616 2155 (2.7%) 1615 (2.0%)
2016-17 87,964 355,438 3111 (3.5%) 4589 (5.2%)
2017-18 71,733 271,243 3464 (4.8%) 3691 (5.2%)


While meat and seafood consistently appear among the categories of packaged goods with the greatest proportion found to contain short measure, there has been considerable variation among other categories over recent years.

Packaged goods short measure 2017-18
Product type Packaged lines inspected Individual packages Line with short measure
Farm supplies 525 1828 55 (10.5%)
Seafood (frozen) 1133 4289 111 (9.8%)
Meat (processed) 2615 9560 245 (9.4%)
Chemicals (industrial) 144 582 12 (8.3%)
Meat (fresh) 14,891 49,907 1185 (8.0%)
Seafood (fresh) 600 2087 39 (6.5%)