The Small Business Specialists
Phone: 13 12 49
The Australian trade measurement laws, the National Measurement Act 1960 and the National Trade Measurement Regulations 2009 apply to your business if you sell goods by measurement, or you manufacture, pack, import or sell pre-packaged goods. Trade measurement covers both business-to-business and business-to-consumer transactions.
Since 1 July 2010, the National Measurement Institute (a federal government agency) has been responsible for trade measurement in Australia.
Businesses can voluntarily adopt the Australian Quantity System (AQS) measuring system or continue with the Uniform Trade Measurement Legislation (UTML). Learn about the difference between the AQS and the UTML
The NMI provides factsheets and information relevant to businesses trading in:
For more information about your specific trade-measurement questions, you can contact the West Australian office of the NMI on 9368 8400, or use the national hotline 1300 686 664, or refer to the NMI website contact page
NMI's inspectors can visit a place of business 'at any reasonable time of day' in response to a complaint or enquiry, or as part of a trade measurement compliance inspection program.
Refer to NMI's The Role of the Trade Measurement Inspector brochure to learn more about your rights and responsibilities when dealing with inspectors.
NMI's Trade Measurement Laboratories provide calibration and certification testing services. They have NATA-approved laboratories across Australia and their Perth laboratory can provide quality measurement testing services in:
If a customer is present during the measuring process, you should place the measuring instrument in a position where they can see the process.