Vertical plastic dispensers at a wholefoods shop, filled with various types of cereals

Cereal dispensers at Adelaide Central Market

The National Measurement Institute (NMI) has published its legal metrology priorities for 2023–24.

The objectives outlined in the publication support a vision of trusted measurement for Australia. Each objective is supported by priority actions and performance measures. 

The objectives are:

  1. Measurement instruments are fit for purpose.
  2. Measurements are made correctly.
  3. Measurements used in trade are accurate.
  4. NMI has the people and capabilities to deliver its trade measurement obligations.

As the national regulator of trade measurement, NMI undertakes a major program of compliance activities each year. It works across industry sectors to make sure systems such as shop scales, fuel dispensers and utility meters are reliable and deliver fair measure.

NMI’s 2023–24 trade measurement inspection programs focus on:

  • international foods and wholefoods
  • high demand/turnover products such as Christmas goods
  • waste and recycling
  • mini fuel tanker and mobile refuelling
  • critical minerals
  • products sold by length
  • agricultural supplies
  • verified instruments 
  • servicing licensees 
  • pattern approval 
  • public weighbridges 

More than $1 trillion of transactions are underpinned by trade measurement across the Australian economy each year. NMI’s compliance activities ensure consumers get what they pay for and businesses operate on a level playing field. This helps consumers and businesses make informed buying decisions.