Regional, remote and First Nations communities
As part of our commitment to the Department of Industry, Science and Resources’ Reconciliation Action Plan, and to ensure appropriate representation of Australia’s distributed population, we will continue auditing traders in regional and remote locations, including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities. This will help ensure that industry and consumers are not unfairly disadvantaged as a consequence of their locality, noting that the price of consumer goods is often high in remote areas.
Business to business – ‘Pack it Right’ program
Correct measurement plays a significant role in ensuring consumers ‘get what they pay for’ at the checkout. This program will focus on upstream engagement with wholesalers, manufacturers and importers of pre‑packaged products destined for trade. NMI will support consumers and industry through audit, education and inspection activities across a range of market segments to reduce the likelihood of short measure packaged goods entering the marketplace.
Weighbridges are a fundamentally important measuring instrument in industries that contribute significantly to Australian gross domestic product (GDP), such as mining, agriculture, livestock and transport. NMI will continue to deliver a program of weighbridge inspection tests across metropolitan and regional areas, focusing on high risk instruments and industry sectors.
NMI will continue to target a selection of traders and industry groups found to be non-compliant in previous years, to evaluate their ongoing business practices and improve levels of compliance. The results of these inspections will be used to determine the level and nature of future engagement with particular traders and industries and address any systemic failures to commit to long term compliance. Priorities for 2022–23 include:
- independent supermarkets
- licensed premises.
This program allows NMI to start inspection activities in response to government priorities and stakeholder intelligence. It will allow us to address issues where significant market failure is identified in areas not covered by our other programs.
Fuel quality testing
NMI continues to monitor the integrity of liquid fuel composition throughout Australia against the requirements of the Fuel Quality Standards Act 2000. Under this program, NMI collects fuel samples for analysis to help maintain the integrity of liquid fuel composition.
Complex measuring instruments
This program will focus on the audit and inspection of complex measuring instruments used for trade measurement transactions, including measuring instruments used in the waste, recycling, resources and commodities sectors. Examples of complex measuring instruments include vehicle mounted on-board weighing systems, hopper weighers, belt weighers and bulk flow metering systems.