Trade measurement laws apply to all retail and wholesale transactions where measurement determines price.
You must comply with Australia’s trade measurement laws if you:
Consistency and certainty in measurement supports fair and open competition. It makes all businesses, regardless of their size or financial strength, follow the same rules.
Learn how to comply with measurement laws when buying and selling goods:
If you manufacture, pack, import or retail pre-packaged goods you must ensure every batch complies with legal measurement requirements.
This includes meeting requirements for:
You can sell pre-packaged goods by:
If you supply or use a measuring instrument to determine the price when buying or selling goods and services, you must comply with measurement laws.
Measuring instruments used for trade include:
We must approve the design (also called the pattern) of measuring instruments used for trade.
Find out more about pattern approval.
You must ensure any measuring instrument you use is:
Learn more about servicing licensees.
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In addition, you must:
To assist in meeting your obligations under the law, we recommend you have a servicing licensee check the instrument regularly.
The National Measurement Institute (NMI) administers laws that cover:
We aim to provide a high quality service. You can learn more about our public commitment on service standards and delivery for our customers and stakeholders in the Legal Metrology Service Charter.
To ensure traders comply with the law, we employ trade measurement inspectors. An inspector can visit your business at any reasonable time of day. You might be inspected:
To find out more about our compliance activities, read our:
You can help ensure traders comply with measurement laws.
To find out more about trade measurement laws or report a suspected breach contact the trade measurement helpline:
Last updated: 30 August 2021
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