Pattern Approval and Certification of a Measuring Instrument - Australian Government

Service summary

You will require this approval if you intend to register a trade measuring instrument. To register a trade measuring instrument you must undergo a pattern approval process to ensure the design of the measuring instrument is suitable for trade or legal purposes. If your application is approved you will be issued with a certificate that details the type of uses the device has been found suitable for. There are numerous types of approval, each relating to a separate instrument.

Please consult the Contact Officer for more information.

Service type


A licence defines the need to obtain recognition / certification and registration to undertake a certain business activity.

Eligibility requirements

Each application should be accompanied by:

  • Technical information such as working drawings, electrical diagrams, functional diagrams, piping diagrams, operating and service manuals;
  • A declaration of safety in line with compliance standards set out by Standards Australia;
  • Specifications, photographs and descriptions that give an understanding of the construction and method of operation of the instrument and any variants;
  • A completed test report (where available); and
  • For measuring instruments that related to utilities, test reports in an approved form from the approving authorities which have conducted the approval tests.

Please consult the Contact Officer for more information regarding eligibility requirements.


Five years.



Fees are listed on the attached document.

Administering agency

Department of Industry, Innovation and Science
National Measurement Institute

Act(s) name

National Measurement Act 1960 (Australian Government)

Regulation(s) name

National Measurement Regulations 1999 (Australian Government)

Contact details

Enquiries, Pattern Approval
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 8467 3834


1300 686 664


02 8467 3610

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