National Measurement Institute
Industry, Innovation and Science (part of the Jobs and Innovation Portfolio)
The National Measurement Institute (NMI), is a division of the Department of Industry, Innovation and Science, and was established in that form through the National Measurement Act 1960. NMI is Australia's peak measurement body, providing Australia's core metrology (measurement science) infrastructure and expertise across biological, chemical, legal, physical and trade measurement. NMI maintains, develops and disseminates measurement standards including reference materials and methods; maintains the legislation and associated regulatory functions and processes that enable measurement to be used and accepted for legal purposes in Australia; and provides a range of measurement services, capabilities and expertise to assist in the good use of measurement throughout the economy and society. Since 2010, NMI's legal metrology work has been extended to include administration of the national trade measurement (NTM) system, which is aimed at assuring that transactions based on measurement are fair and accurate, whether they be business-to-business or business-to-consumer transactions.
Type of Body
E. Statutory Office Holder Offices and Committees
Established By / Under
Act / Regulation
Established By/Under More info
National Measurement Act 1960; section 51 (xv) of the Constitution explicitly makes weights and measures a Commonwealth responsibility
Annual Report Prepared and tabled?
1 July 2004