Measurement Law Review

The Australian Government is conducting a thematic review of the legislative framework underpinning Australia’s measurement system.

The Measurement Law Review aims to identify any aspects of Australia's measurement framework that can be modernised, streamlined or simplified to better meet the needs of a modern economy.

Options for reform are expected to be presented to the Australian Government in 2020.

Objectives of the review

The following four objectives will be used to reshape Australia’s measurement framework:

  1. Developing and advancing measurement activities that support Australia and its economy.
  2. Strengthening strategic measurement capabilities.
  3. Supporting confidence in measurement – domestically and internationally.
  4. Promoting innovation through a modern approach to measurement infrastructure.

Public Consultation

The review has scheduled a targeted public consultation phase to gather input and insights from stakeholders regarding Australia’s measurement legislation. Six discussion papers will be released over the course of 2018, each examining a specific aspect of Australia’s measurement framework. Subsequently, views will be sought on reform options relating to the topic areas throughout 2019.

Details of the six discussion papers with indicative timeframes are below:

1. Scope of Australia’s Measurement Laws (May to June 2018)

What should Australia’s measurement laws cover in a modern economy?

2. Traceability (July to August 2018)

What are the legally acceptable ways of ascertaining if a measurement is consistent with a unit of measurement allowed for legal use in Australia?

3. Measuring Instruments (July to August 2018)

What is the best way to ensure measuring instruments are suitably accurate and appropriate for use in both trade and non-trade contexts?

4. Transactions Based on Measurement (July to August 2018)

How can measurement laws ensure a level playing field for trade and ensure consumer confidence in a modern economy?

5. Third-party Arrangements (October to November 2018)

What arrangements for third parties would best support Australia’s measurement framework and technical measurement infrastructure?

6. Compliance Arrangements (October to November 2018)

What mechanisms can be used to effectively encourage compliant behaviour?

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