Information about Trade Measurement Laws - Australian Government


Trade measurement laws regulate retail and wholesale transactions where you determine the price by measurement. You must comply with these laws if you:

  • buy or sell goods or services by measurement (e.g. selling meat, buying gold or transporting freight by weight)
  • manufacture, pack, import or sell pre-packaged goods
  • supply or maintain measuring instruments used for trade.

The laws apply to both wholesale and retail businesses. Manufacturers, packers, importers and retailers must ensure all batches of pre-packaged articles meet the legislative requirements for correct measurement. This includes requirements for the position, size and format of measurement labels.

Service type

Regulatory Obligation

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

Act(s) name

National Measurement Act 1960 Australian Government

Regulation(s) name

National Trade Measurement Regulations 2009 Australian Government

Administering agency

Department of Industry, Science, Energy and Resources

National Measurement Institute

Contact details

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National Measurement Institute

Department of Industry, Science, Energy and Resources

Operating address: 36 Bradfield Road
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