Average Quantity System - Australian Government

Service summary

You may be required to comply with the average quantity system if you intend to operate a business that sell goods by measurement or that manufacture, pack, import or sell pre-packaged goods that have a constant nominal content.

The average quantity system is an internationally accepted method of determining the measurement of prepacked articles that are intended to have a constant nominal content. It is intended to be used to help large-scale packaging businesses comply with trade measurement legislation.

Manufacturers, packers and importers can choose:

  • Ro continue with their current system of shortfall calculation based on the uniform trade measurement legislation; or
  • Adopt the average quantity system.

Please consult the Contact Officer for more information and to ascertain the level of compliance (if any) that may be required.

Service type

Code of Practice

A code of practice can be either a legal requirement or non-legal requirement. Legal codes of practice are defined as a result of legislation. Non-legal codes of practice are defined by industry regulators and bodies.

Other resources

Administering agency

Department of Industry, Innovation and Science
National Measurement Institute

Act(s) name

National Measurement Act 1960 (Australian Government)

Regulation(s) name

National Trade Measurement Regulations 2009 (Australian Government)

Contact details

Enquiries, Measurement Certification
Department of Industry, Innovation and Science
National Measurement Institute

Operating address:
Bradfield Rd
New South Wales 2070
Mailing address:
PO BOX 264
Lindfield, New South Wales 2070




02 84673600


02 84673610

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