Pattern Approval - Australian Government


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 of approval that details the type of uses that the device has been found suitable for. There are numerous types of approval, each relating to a separate instrument.

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)
  • test reports in an approved form from the approving authorities which have conducted the approval tests for measuring instruments that related to utilities.

Please note that first time applicants must also complete a credit application form.


Five years


Fees Details for this service in table format.

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Fees are listed on the attached document.


Act(s) name

National Measurement Act 1960 Australian Government

Regulation(s) name

National Measurement Regulations 1999 Australian Government

Administering agency

Department of Industry, Science and Resources

National Measurement Institute

Contact details

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