Requirements for the Sale of Alcohol - Australian Government


Under trade measurement laws, the sale of alcohol must be in reference to the volume in millilitres (mL) or litres  (L) of the beverage. As measures such as 'shots', 'schooners' and 'middys' do not have a set value of measure, you must display these items with a corresponding volume (eg, 'shot - 30mL', 'schooner - 200mL').

The cost of wine and beer is determined by the volume in millilitres and litres. As such, non-approved vessels such as mason jars, growlers and squealers are required to have an accurate measurement displayed with the appropriate cost to ensure all customers are able to access a standard amount.

Some beers are sold on tap into non-standardised vessels such as mason jars and takeaway containers. There must be an accurate means of measuring these beverages for sale.

Failure to provide an accurate measurement of liquid may result in a fine of up to $34 000 per offence for individuals or up to $170 000 for organisations.

Please consult the Contact Officer for more information.

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Some exemptions may exist, please contact the Contact Officer for more information on exemptions.

Act(s) name

National Measurement Act 1960 AG

Regulation(s) name

National Trade Measurement Regulations 2009 AG

Additional information

Alcoholic spirits must be sold in 15mL, 30mL and 60mL quantities. All dispensers must be approved by the NMI. Alcoholic spirits delivered by simple measures must be accurate.

A batch-tested glass or jug may be made of any approved material with a marked measure. All glasses or jugs must be made of rigid or semi-rigid materials.

Please consult the Contact Officer for more information.

Administering agency

Department of Industry, Innovation and Science

National Measurement Institute

Contact details

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Enquiries, Measurement Certification

National Measurement Institute

Department of Industry, Innovation and Science

Operating address: Bradfield Rd
New South Wales 2070
Mailing address: PO BOX 264
Lindfield, New South Wales 2070
Phone: 1300 686 664
Phone: 02 8467 3600
Fax: 02 8467 3610

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