Review of the National Trade Measurement Regulations 2009: Part 4 - Packaging

About measurement

The National Measurement Institute (NMI), within the Department of Industry, Innovation and Science, is responsible for biological, chemical, legal, physical and trade measurement. NMI maintains Australia's units and standards of measurement and applies them through reference materials and reference techniques.

About the review

The Department of Industry, Innovation and Science is undertaking a review of Part 4 of the National Trade Measurement Regulations 2009, which are regulations administered by the NMI. Part 4 predominantly relates to measurement marking on packaging. The Department is aiming to identify opportunities for reform through targeted and public consultation. The review is part of the Australian Government’s regulation reform agenda and has investigated options including aligning Part 4 regulations with other Australian labelling frameworks.

The Department has consulted with the public through two rounds of consultation and conducted market research to better understand consumer preferences towards the measurement mark. Direct links to relevant documents are in the Links section at the bottom of this page and embedded in the text below.

Community preferences for the measurement mark

ORIMA research was commissioned by the Department of Industry, Innovation and Science to investigate consumer preferences for the measurement mark. The research, conducted during October and November 2015, sought to understand consumer responses to different formats, sizes and location of the measurement mark across a series of food and non-food products. Findings from this research suggest that, in practice, the measurement mark plays an intermittent role in consumer decision making. The complete findings from this piece of research have been published.

Public consultations

Since 2015, the Department has undertaken two rounds of public consultation. The first round of consultation included:

  • a discussion paper providing detail on the scope of the review and seeking feedback on Part 4; and
  • A streamlined online survey addressing issues specific to the measurement mark labelling.

Both of these were open for comment until 18 December 2015. Submissions to this consultation that were not confidential have been published. A summary of the online survey has been published on the measurement mark consultation page.

Taking public feedback into consideration, the Department developed an options paper outlining three options. A second round of public consultation on the options paper ran from 19 May 2017 to 30 June 2017. Submissions to the options paper consultation that were not marked as confidential have been published.

The outcomes of the review are still under active consideration and no decision has been made. If change is recommended to the current regulations, further public consultations will be undertaken.

Why is a review necessary?

The Australian Government is committed to a regulation reform agenda that will drive productivity and efficiency gains within the economy. This regulation reform agenda will provide savings to businesses so they can invest their limited time and resources elsewhere, such as growing their business, research and development or building skills.

The Government’s vision is to repeal or amend costly and excessive regulations and introducing initiatives that reduce red and green tape. Fully implemented reforms will result in annual savings in reduced compliance costs for businesses, community organisations, families and individuals.

Measurement Law Review

The Government announced a review of the legislative framework underpinning Australia’s measurement system on 20 November 2017. This is separate to the review of Part 4 of the National Trade Measurement Regulations (NTMR) 2009 and will look at all aspects of the legislative framework except Part 4 of the NTMR 2009. Further details of this comprehensive review can be found on the Measurement Law Review website .

Contact

For more information on the Review of Part 4 – Packaging please contact packagingreview@industry.gov.au.

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