Buying and Selling Goods and Services by Weights and Other Measures - Australian Government


If you use weights and other measures with your business, you must comply with trade measurement legislation. These laws apply to both wholesale and retail businesses.

Prepacked goods for sale must meet the legislative requirements for correct measurement and determination of price by measurement. These legislative requirements also encompass position, size and format of measurement labels.

Examples of trade measurement law includes:

  • approval and use of measuring instruments for trade
  • testing and verification of measuring instrument.
Please consult the Contact Officer for more information.

Service type

Regulatory Obligation

An obligation defined in law. A business must comply with relevant services.

Other resources

Act(s) name

National Measurement Act 1960 Australian Government

Regulation(s) name

National Trade Measurement Regulations 2009 Australian Government

Additional information

The seller is responsible for the accuracy of their measuring instruments. The instruments must:

  • be approved by the National Measurement Institute (NMI) and legal for trade use
  • be properly installed and appropriate for the intended use
  • be verified by a servicing licensee or inspector
  • be used correctly by staff who have had adequate training in their correct use
  • conduct regular cleaning of dispensers to reduce blockages which may affect the accuracy of the instrument.

Administering agency

Department of Industry, Innovation and Science

National Measurement Institute

Contact details

Contact Email, Phone and Address Details for this service in simple two column table format, header then data.

Please use these contact details for help or more information:

Enquiries, Measurement Certification

National Measurement Institute

Department of Industry, Innovation and Science

Mailing address: Bradfield Rd
West Lindfield
New South Wales 2070
Mailing address: GPO BOX 2013
Canberra, Australian Capital Territory 2601
Phone: 1300 686 664
Phone: 02 8467 3600
Fax: 02 8467 3610