Reform of Australia's measurement laws: have your say

National Measurement Institute

Friday, 16 April, 2021

Reform of Australia's measurement laws: have your say

The National Measurement Institute (NMI) is seeking input on the future direction of Australia’s measurement laws.

Bruce Warrington, NMI CEO and Australia’s Chief Metrologist, has invited Australians to provide feedback on options proposed for modernising Australia’s regulatory framework for measurement.

“We all rely on measurement every day — whether it’s getting what you pay for at the shops, protecting our health and safety, or supporting business in domestic and international trade,” he said. “New measurement technologies are developing all the time. Businesses adopt new technologies to boost productivity and support economic growth. Our measurement legislation needs to support innovative solutions and meet the evolving needs of industry.

“This is a once-in-a-generation opportunity to help shape the laws that provide confidence in measurement across our economy and society.”

The proposed reforms to Australia’s measurement laws include changes designed to:

  • accommodate advances in measurement and instrument technologies;
  • support Australia’s uptake of best-practice international technical standards;
  • lower burdens for business, for example by taking a more flexible and principles-based approach to regulation.
     

Interested parties can access the paper outlining the proposed reforms and provide their feedback via the Department of Industry, Science, Energy and Resources consultation hub. Submissions are open for four weeks, closing on 14 May 2021.

The Department will also hold virtual ‘town hall’ discussions for key stakeholder groups, including consumers, industry and regulators. You can find out more about these meetings here.

Readers can visit www.industry.gov.au/measurement-law-review to find out more about the measurement law review.

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