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National Measurement Regulations 1999

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SR 1999 No. 110 Regulations as amended, taking into account amendments up to National Measurement Amendment Regulation 2012 (No. 1)
Principal Regulations. These Regulations repeal the former National Measurement Regulations and the National Measurement (Patterns of Measuring Instruments) Regulations.
Administered by: Industry, Innovation, Climate Change, Science, Research and Tertiary Education
Registered 02 Jul 2012
Start Date 01 Jul 2012
End Date 30 Jun 2013
Table of contents.

National Measurement Regulations 1999

Statutory Rules 1999 No. 110 as amended

made under the

This compilation was prepared on 1 July 2012
taking into account amendments up to SLI 2012 No. 84

Prepared by the Office of Legislative Drafting and Publishing,
Attorney‑General’s Department, Canberra


Contents

Part 1                          Preliminary                                                                 

                        1      Name of regulations [see Note 1]                                     9

                        2      Commencement [see Note 1]                                           9

                        3      Definitions                                                                      9

                        4      References to appointments, approvals and certificates  14

Part 2                          Units of measurement                                             

                        5      Australian legal units of measurement (Act, s 7A (1))       15

                        6      Additional legal units of measurement (Act, s 7A (2))       15

                        7      Prefixes specifying numerical values (Act, s 7A (3))        15

Part 3                          Standards of measurement                                   

Division 1                    General                                                                           

                        8      Definition for Part 3                                                       16

                        9      Verification of Australian primary and secondary standards of measurement 16

                       10      Verification of standards of measurement generally        16

Division 2                    Verification of standards of measurement                       

                       11      Application of Division 2                                               16

                       12      Application for verification of standards of measurement 17

                       13      Verification of standards of measurement                      17

                       14      Decision not to verify, or delay in verifying, standard of measurement          18

                       15      Marking of verified standards of measurement               18

Division 3                    Marks and certificates of verification                               

                       16      Marks on, or attached to, standards of measurement      19

                       17      Certificates of verification of Australian primary and secondary standards of measurement    19

                       18      Certificates of verification of State primary standards of measurement         20

                       19      Certificates of verification of reference standards of measurement   21

                       20      Notification of determinations                                        22

                       21      Recognition of foreign reference standards of measurement            22

Division 4                    When verifications cease to have effect and may be cancelled      

                       22      When verification ceases to have effect                         23

                       23      Grounds for cancellation of verification                          23

Division 5                    Accuracy, value and uncertainty of standards of measurement     

                       25      Accuracy of State secondary standards of measurement — maximum permissible uncertainty                                                                                    23

                       26      Accuracy of State tertiary standards of measurement — maximum permissible uncertainty    24

                       27      Accuracy of Inspectors’ Class 1 standards of measurement — maximum permissible uncertainty                                                                                    25

                       28      Accuracy of Inspectors’ Class 2 standards of measurement — maximum permissible uncertainty                                                                                    26

                       29      Accuracy of Inspectors’ Class 3 standards of measurement — maximum permissible uncertainty                                                                                    26

                       30      Equivalent values — maximum permissible variation       27

                       31      Equivalent values — maximum permissible uncertainty    27

                       32      Maximum permissible variation — Inspectors’ Class 1 standards      28

                       33      Maximum permissible variation — Inspectors’ Class 2 standards      28

                       34      Maximum permissible variation — Inspectors’ Class 3 standards      28

Part 3A                       Artefacts                                                                      

Division 1                    General                                                                           

                    34A      Verification relating to artefacts                                      30

Division 2                    Verification of artefacts                                                   

                    34B      Application for verification of physical quantity of an artefact           30

                    34C      Verification of physical quantity of artefacts                   31

                    34D      Decision not to verify, or delay in verifying, physical quantity of artefact       31

                    34E      Marking of artefacts                                                      32

Part 4                          Measuring instruments                                           

Division 1                    Preliminary                                                                     

                       35      Definitions for Part 4                                                     33

Division 2                    Certification of measuring instruments                           

                       36      Application for certification of measuring instruments     33

                       37      Certification of measuring instruments                            33

                       38      Decision not to certify, or delay in certifying, measuring instruments 34

                       39      Determinations — accuracy of measuring instruments     34

                       40      Recognition of foreign certification of measuring instruments           35

Division 3                    Marks and certificates                                                     

                       41      Marking of measuring instruments                                  36

                       42      Matters to be stated in certificates                                 36

Division 4                    When certification ceases to have effect and may be cancelled     

                       43      When certification ceases to have effect                        37

                       44      Grounds for cancellation of certification                         37

Part 5                          Reference materials                                                 

Division 1                    Preliminary                                                                     

                       45      Definition for Part 5                                                       38

Division 2                    Certification of reference materials                                 

                       46      Application for certification of reference materials           38

                       47      Application to vary certification of reference materials     38

                       48      Certification of reference materials                                 39

                       49      Variation of certification of reference materials               40

                       50      Decision not to certify, or delay in certifying, reference material        40

                       51      Notice of variation                                                         40

                       52      Determinations by Chief Metrologist                               41

                       53      Recognition of foreign reference materials                      42

Division 3                    Marks and certificates                                                     

                       54      Marking of reference materials                                       42

                       55      Matters to be stated in certificates                                 43

Division 4                    When certification ceases to have effect or may be cancelled or varied    

                       56      When certification ceases to have effect                        44

                       57      Grounds for cancellation or variation of certification        44

Part 6                          Patterns of measuring instruments                     

Division 1                    Examinations for pattern approval                                  

                       58      Application for approval of patterns of measuring instruments          45

                       59      Application to vary approval of approved patterns          45

                       60      Approval of patterns of measuring instruments               46

                       61      Variation of approval of patterns of measuring instruments 47

                       62      Decision not to approve, or delay in approving, patterns of measuring instrument     48

                       63      Certificates of approval                                                 48

Division 2                    Other examinations                                                        

                       64      Examination of instruments for compliance with approved patterns   48

                       65      Re‑examination of approved patterns                             49

Division 3                    Cancellation, variation and withdrawal of approvals       

                       66      Cancellation of approvals on application                        50

                       67      Grounds for cancelling and varying approvals other than on application        51

                       68      Effect of variation and cancellation of approvals            51

                       69      Effect of withdrawal of approvals                                  52

Part 7                          Authorities                                                                  

Division 1                    General                                                                           

                       70      Definition for Part 7                                                       53

                       71      Application for permission for person to sign certificates 53

Division 2                    Appointment of authorities                                             

                       72      Application for appointment of verifying or certifying authority         53

                       73      Verifying and certifying authorities                                 54

                       74      Verifying authorities                                                       54

                       75      Certifying authorities                                                      55

                       76      Approving authorities                                                    55

                       77      General conditions of appointment of authorities            56

                       78      Cancellation of appointments on application                   57

                       79      Grounds for cancelling and varying appointments other than on application  57

Part 8                          Dealing with verification, certification, approval and appointment other than on application                                                            

Division 1                    Preliminary                                                                     

                       80      Definitions for Part 8                                                     58

                       81      Application of Part 8                                                     59

Division 2                    Cancellation, variation and withdrawal of instruments    

                       82      Cancellation, variation and withdrawal of instruments       59

                       83      When variation, cancellation and withdrawal have effect  60

Part 9                          Reconsideration and review                                 

                       84      Definition for Part 9                                                       61

                       85      Certain decisions may be reconsidered                          61

                       86      Certain decisions may be reviewed                                 63

Part 10                       Miscellaneous                                                           

                       88      Conversion factors (Act, s 11)                                        64

                       90      Certificates as evidence                                                 64

                  90AA      Pattern approval certificates issued between 1 October 1999 and 1 July 2004            65

                  90AB      Preservation of verifications and reverifications made before 1 July 2009      66

                    90B      Fees                                                                             66

Part 11                       Repeals                                                                       

                       91      Repeal of previous National Measurement Regulations    67

                       92      Repeal of National Measurement (Patterns of Measuring Instruments) Regulations     67

Part 12                       Transitional provisions                                           

                       93      Transitional — 1 October 1999                                       68

                       94      Transitional — 1 July 2004                                             68

Schedule 1                  Australian legal units of measurement                         70

Part 1                             SI base units of measurement                                        70

Part 2                             SI derived units of measurement with special names       72

Part 3                             Non‑SI units of measurement used with SI units of measurement      75

Part 4                             Additional derived units of measurement                        77

Schedule 2                  Additional legal units of measurement                         80

Part 1                             Additional Australian legal units of measurement             80

Part 2                             Purposes for which additional legal units of measurement may be used        81

Schedule 3                  SI prefixes                                                                    83

Schedule 4                  Maximum permissible uncertainty — length (State primary and secondary standards)      84

Schedule 5                  Maximum permissible uncertainty — mass (State primary, secondary and tertiary standards)                                                                                    85

Schedule 6                  Maximum permissible uncertainty — volume (State secondary and tertiary standards)     87

Schedule 7                  Maximum permissible uncertainty and maximum permissible variation — length (Inspectors’ Class 1 and Class 2 standards)                                     89

Schedule 8                  Maximum permissible uncertainty and maximum permissible variation — area (Inspectors’ Class 1 standards)                                                        90

Schedule 9                  Maximum permissible uncertainty and maximum permissible variation — mass (Inspectors’ Class 1, Class 2 and Class 3 standards)                       91

Schedule 10                Maximum permissible uncertainty and maximum permissible variation — volume (Inspectors’ Class 1 standards)                                                        93

Schedule 11                Conversion factors                                                       95

Schedule 12                Maximum permissible error — legal measuring instruments         98

Schedule 13                Fees                                                                             99

Part 1A                          Fee levels                                                                     99

Part 1                             Examination and certification of volume measuring instruments        101

Part 2                             Examination and certification of weighing and dimensional measuring instruments     102

Part 3                             Examination and certification of patterns of measuring instruments (including under mutual recognition agreements)                                               103

Part 3A                          Examination and certification of point of sale systems  103

Part 4                             Examination and certification of evidential breath analysers  103

Part 5                             Examination and certification of grain protein measuring instruments            105

Part 6                             Examination and certification of utility meters               105

Part 7                             Verification of utility meters used for trade                    106

Part 8                             Additional fees for use of equipment in examination of instruments  106

Notes                                                                                                        107

 


Part 1                 Preliminary

  

1              Name of regulations [see Note 1]

                These regulations are the National Measurement Regulations 1999.

2              Commencement [see Note 1]

                These regulations commence on 1 October 1999, immediately after the commencement of Schedule 1 to the National Measurement Amendment (Utility Meters) Act 1999.

3              Definitions

                In these regulations, unless the contrary intention appears:

Act means the National Measurement Act 1960.

approval, of a pattern of a measuring instrument, means approval of the pattern under regulation 60.

approval holder means the person in whose name a certificate of approval is in force.

approved pattern, of a measuring instrument, means the pattern approved under regulation 60.

approving authority means:

                (a)    for patterns of measuring instruments generally — the Chief Metrologist; or

               (b)    for a particular pattern of a measuring instrument — a body or person appointed under subregulation 76 (1) in relation to patterns of measuring instruments of the same kind as the particular pattern of a measuring instrument.

artefact means a physical object that is not a standard of measurement.

Australian certified reference material means a reference material certified under regulation 48.

certificate means:

                (a)    a certificate of verification; or

               (b)    a certificate issued under regulation 37 or 48; or

                (c)    a certificate of approval.

certificate of approval means a certificate issued under regulation 60.

certificate of verification means:

                (a)    a certificate issued under regulation 13; or

               (b)    a certificate issued under regulation 34C; or

                (c)    a batch verification certificate issued under regulation 2.36B of the National Trade Measurement Regulations 2009.

certification means:

                (a)    for a measuring instrument — certification of the instrument under regulation 37; and

               (b)    for a reference material — certification of the material under regulation 48.

certified measuring instrument means a measuring instrument certified under regulation 37.

certifying authority means:

                (a)    for measuring instruments generally — the Chief Metrologist; or

               (b)    for reference materials generally — the Chief Metrologist; or

                (c)    for a particular measuring instrument or reference material — a body or person appointed under regulation 73 in relation to measuring instruments or reference materials of the same kind as the particular measuring instrument or reference material.

defence equipment means equipment used, or intended for use, by the Defence Force.

Inspectors’ Class 1 standard means a reference standard
of measurement that has been verified in accordance with regulation 13 and that complies with the requirements
of regulations 27 and 32 for the maximum permissible uncertainty and the maximum permissible variation of an Inspectors’ Class 1 standard.

Inspectors’ Class 2 standard means a reference standard of measurement that has been verified in accordance with regulation 13 and that complies with the requirements of regulations 28 and 33 for the maximum permissible uncertainty and the maximum permissible variation of an Inspectors’ Class 2 standard.

Inspectors’ Class 3 standard means a reference standard of measurement that has been verified in accordance with regulation 13 and that complies with the requirements of regulations 29 and 34 for the maximum permissible uncertainty and the maximum permissible variation of an Inspectors’ Class 3 standard.

legal measuring instrument means a measuring instrument used, or intended for use, in the determination of a physical quantity:

                (a)    for:

                          (i)    law enforcement; or

                         (ii)    demonstrating compliance, or lack of compliance, with a law of the Commonwealth or of a State or Territory; or

               (b)    that is, or may be, relevant to a proceeding in which the quantity is an issue.

linear interpolation, for a denomination, means a calculation of an amount that is in a linear sequence between the amounts stated for the denominations that are immediately smaller and larger than the denomination.

maximum permissible error, for a material measure or measuring instrument, means the maximum limit of error that:

                (a)    if a certificate is issued on or after 1 July 2007 for the material measure or measuring instrument — is mentioned in the certificate; or

               (b)    otherwise — is mentioned in Schedule 1 of the National Trade Measurement Regulations 2009 or Schedule 12 to these Regulations, for a material measure or measuring instrument of that kind.

Note   Paragraph (b) extends to certificates of approval that refer to Document 118, Schedule of Maximum Permissible Errors for Trade Measuring Instruments, published by the former National Standards Commission in 1986, as the source of maximum permissible errors.

maximum permissible uncertainty, for a standard of measurement, means the maximum uncertainty permitted in the verification of the standard under these Regulations.

maximum permissible variation, for a standard of measurement, means the maximum amount by which the standard may differ from the denomination indicated by the standard in these Regulations.

point of sale system means a component of a measuring instrument that is:

                (a)    approved for use for trade; and

               (b)    used for creating labels, receipts or documents; and

                (c)    able to convert the result of a measurement made by the measuring instrument; and

               (d)    not able to control the measuring instrument or to affect its metrological performance.

recertification, for a measuring instrument or reference material, means certification of the instrument or material after the initial certification of the instrument or material.

reverification, for a standard of measurement or a measuring instrument, means verification of the standard or instrument after the initial verification of the standard or instrument.

SI, for a unit of measurement, means the system of measurement known as the International System of Units.

State secondary standard means a reference standard of measurement that has been verified in accordance with regulation 13 and that complies with the requirements of regulation 25 for the maximum permissible uncertainty of a State secondary standard.

State tertiary standard means a reference standard of measurement that has been verified in accordance with regulation 13 and that complies with the requirements of regulation 26 for the maximum permissible uncertainty of a State tertiary standard.

time, for a standard of measurement, means time that is not derived from the calendar.

variant means a change made to the pattern of an instrument, subject to the arrangement of the components of the instrument and the measuring element being substantially of the same design as that of the approved pattern.

verification means:

                (a)    for a standard of measurement — verification of the standard under regulation 13; or

               (b)    for an artefact — verification of a physical quantity of an artefact under regulation 34C.

verifying authority means:

                (a)    for standards of measurement and artefacts — the Chief Metrologist; or

               (b)    for a particular reference standard of measurement — a body or person appointed under regulation 73 in relation to reference standards of measurement of the same kind as the particular reference standard of measurement; or

                (c)    for a particular artefact — a body or person appointed under regulation 73 in relation to an artefact of the same kind as the particular artefact.

Note   The following terms used in these regulations are defined in subsection 3 (1) of the Act:

•         Australian legal unit of measurement

•         Australian primary standard of measurement

•         Australian secondary standard of measurement

•         measuring instrument

•         measuring instrument with an approved pattern

•         metric system of measurement

•         pattern

•         reference material

•         reference standard of measurement

•         standard of measurement

•         State primary standard of measurement

•         the Chief Metrologist

•         unit of measurement

•         use for trade

•         utility meter.

4              References to appointments, approvals and certificates

         (1)   In these regulations:

                (a)    a reference to an appointment as a certifying, verifying
or approving authority, or approval of the pattern of
a measuring instrument, includes a reference to the appointment or approval as varied; and

               (b)    a reference to variation or cancellation of the appointment or approval includes a reference to variation or cancellation of the instrument of appointment or certificate of approval; and

                (c)    a reference to variation of the appointment or approval includes a reference to a variation of a condition of
the appointment or approval by addition, omission or substitution.

         (2)   In these regulations, a reference to a certificate issued by a certifying, verifying or approving authority is a reference to a certificate of that kind that is signed:

                (a)    if the authority is a body corporate — by an officer or employee of the body authorised in writing by the body to sign and issue certificates of the same kind as the certificate; or

               (b)    if the authority is not a body corporate:

                          (i)    by the authority; or

                         (ii)    by a person authorised in writing by the authority
in accordance with a permission given under regulation 71.


 

Part 2                 Units of measurement

  

5              Australian legal units of measurement (Act, s 7A (1))

                The Australian legal unit of measurement for a physical quantity mentioned in an item in Schedule 1 is the unit of measurement the name, symbol and definition of which are mentioned in the item.

Note   The Chief Metrologist may issue written guidelines governing the way in which Australian legal units of measurement may be combined to produce an Australian legal unit of measurement — see Act, paragraph 7B (1) (a).

6              Additional legal units of measurement (Act, s 7A (2))

         (1)   Each unit of measurement for a physical quantity mentioned in column 2 in an item in Part 1 of Schedule 2, the name, symbol and definition of which are mentioned in the item, is an additional legal unit of measurement.

         (2)   An additional legal unit of measurement may be used:

                (a)    for a purpose mentioned in Part 2 of Schedule 2; and

               (b)    if paragraph (a) applies — in an agreement, arrangement or other instrument.

7              Prefixes specifying numerical values (Act, s 7A (3))

                A prefix the name and symbol of which are set out in an item in Schedule 3 is prescribed as specifying the numerical value in column 2 in the item.

Note   The Chief Metrologist may issue written guidelines governing
the way in which Australian legal units of measurement or a combination
of Australian legal units of measurement may be combined with these prefixes to produce Australian legal units of measurement — see Act, paragraph 7B (1) (b).


 

Part 3                 Standards of measurement

Division 1              General

8              Definition for Part 3

                In this Part:

verify includes reverify.

9              Verification of Australian primary and secondary standards of measurement

                The Chief Metrologist may verify an Australian primary or secondary standard of measurement.

10            Verification of standards of measurement generally

         (1)   This regulation does not apply to verification of a State primary standard of measurement.

Note   For verification of State primary standards of measurement, see section 9 of the Act.

         (2)   Verification of a standard of measurement must be conducted in an appropriate way, having regard to the nature of the standard of measurement.

Division 2              Verification of standards of measurement

11            Application of Division 2

                This Division does not apply to:

                (a)    an Australian primary or secondary standard of measurement; or

               (b)    a State primary standard of measurement.

Note   For verification of State primary standards of measurement, see section 9 of the Act.

12            Application for verification of standards of measurement

         (1)   Application may be made for verification of a standard of measurement.

         (2)   An application must be:

                (a)    made in the form provided by the Chief Metrologist to verifying authorities for issue to applicants; and

               (b)    accompanied by the standard of measurement; and

                (c)    given to a relevant verifying authority.

         (3)   The verifying authority may, by written notice given to the applicant, require the applicant to lodge with the authority any additional information that the authority needs to consider the application properly.

         (4)   The verifying authority may refuse to proceed with the application until the applicant complies with the notice.

13            Verification of standards of measurement

         (1)   On application under regulation 12, the verifying authority:

                (a)    may verify a standard of measurement; and

               (b)    if the standard is verified — must issue a certificate of verification to the applicant; and

                (c)    may issue a copy of the certificate to anyone else the authority considers should be given a copy.

         (2)   The Chief Metrologist may verify a standard of measurement other than on application.

      (2A)   A verifying authority other than the Chief Metrologist:

                (a)    may, with the written consent of the Chief Metrologist, reverify a standard of measurement otherwise than on application; but

               (b)    is not otherwise authorised to verify or reverify a standard of measurement otherwise than on application.

Note   Regulation 90AB preserves rights and entitlements accrued
in relation to verifications and reverifications conducted before the commencement of paragraph (2A) (a).

         (3)   If the standard of measurement is verified under the supervision of a verifying authority, the authority may verify the standard.

         (4)   The verifying authority must not verify a standard of measurement mentioned in paragraph (a) of the definition of standard of measurement in subsection 3 (1) of the Act unless the standard bears a mark that identifies the standard.

14            Decision not to verify, or delay in verifying, standard of measurement

         (1)   If the verifying authority decides not to verify a standard of measurement, the authority must give written notice of the reasons for its decision to the applicant as soon as practicable.

         (2)   If the authority has not granted an application or given notice to the applicant under subregulation (1) within 3 months after receiving the application, the authority must, at the request of the applicant, give written notice to the applicant of the reasons for the delay.

15            Marking of verified standards of measurement

         (1)   On verification of a standard of measurement, the verifying authority must mark the standard with a statement of:

                (a)    the date of verification; and

               (b)    if, under regulation 30, the standard has a value equal to its denomination — that fact.

         (2)   However, if compliance with subregulation (1) is impracticable because of the nature, shape or size of a standard of measurement, the standard is taken to comply with subregulation (1) if it is enclosed in a sealed container that is marked in accordance with subregulation (1).

Division 3              Marks and certificates of verification

16            Marks on, or attached to, standards of measurement

         (1)   An Australian primary or secondary, or a State primary, standard of measurement must bear an identifying mark before it is verified.

         (2)   Immediately after verifying an Australian primary or secondary, or a State primary, standard of measurement, the Chief Metrologist must mark the standard with a statement of the date of verification of the standard.

         (3)   A mark mentioned in subregulation (1), (2) or 13 (4) or regulation 15 must be:

                (a)    legible; and

               (b)    on, or attached to, the standard:

                          (i)    permanently; or

                         (ii)    in such a way that the mark cannot be obliterated or removed without being destroyed.

         (4)   However, if compliance with subregulation (3) is impracticable because of the nature, shape or size of a standard of measurement, the standard is taken to comply with subregulation (3) if it is enclosed in a sealed container that is marked in accordance with subregulation (3).

17            Certificates of verification of Australian primary and secondary standards of measurement

         (1)   The certificate of verification of an Australian primary or secondary standard of measurement must state:

                (a)    the date of verification; and

               (b)    the value ascertained for the standard on that date in terms of an Australian legal unit of measurement; and

                (c)    the accuracy with which the standard is verified; and

               (d)    a description of any mark on, or attached to, the standard or a sealed container in which the standard is enclosed under these regulations; and

                (e)    the period, from the date of verification, for which the certificate is given.

         (2)   For paragraph (1) (c), the accuracy of a standard of measurement is ascertained and expressed in a manner determined in writing by the Chief Metrologist.

18            Certificates of verification of State primary standards of measurement

         (1)   When a State primary standard of measurement is verified, a certificate of verification must be issued to the appropriate State authority.

         (2)   The certificate of verification of a State primary standard of measurement must state:

                (a)    that it verifies the State primary standard of measurement in an appropriate manner, having regard to the nature of the standard of measurement; and

               (b)    the date of verification; and

                (c)    the value ascertained for the standard on that date in terms of an Australian legal unit of measurement; and

               (d)    the accuracy with which the standard is verified; and

                (e)    the value (stating the uncertainty) of any relevant environmental or other influence factors, like temperature and pressure, at the time of the verification; and

                (f)    a description of any mark on, or attached to, the standard under these regulations; and

               (g)    the period, from the date of verification, for which the certificate is given.

         (4)   For paragraph (2) (d), the accuracy of a State primary standard of measurement must be ascertained in a manner determined in writing by the Chief Metrologist.

         (5)   For paragraph (2) (d), the accuracy with which a State primary standard of measurement must be verified must be expressed as an uncertainty that does not exceed:

                (a)    for a standard for the measurement of length of a denomination stated in column 1 in Schedule 4 — the maximum permissible uncertainty stated for the denomination in column 2 in that Schedule; or

               (b)    for a standard for the measurement of mass of a denomination stated in column 1 in Schedule 5 — the maximum permissible uncertainty stated for the denomination in column 2 in that Schedule; or

                (c)    for a standard for the measurement of mass of a denomination not stated in column 1 in Schedule 5 — the maximum permissible uncertainty appropriate to that denomination when linear interpolation is applied to the maximum permissible uncertainty stated for the denominations in column 2 in that Schedule.

19            Certificates of verification of reference standards of measurement

         (1)   A certificate of verification of a reference standard of measurement must state:

                (a)    the name and address of the verifying authority; and

               (b)    that the standard is verified as a reference standard of measurement:

                          (i)    if a verifying authority verified the standard — by the verifying authority; or

                         (ii)    if a verifying authority supervised verification of the standard — under the supervision of the verifying authority; and

                (c)    the date of verification; and

               (d)    the value ascertained for the standard on that date in terms of an Australian legal unit of measurement; and

                (e)    the accuracy with which the standard is verified; and

                (f)    the value (stating the uncertainty) of any relevant environmental or other influence factors, like temperature and pressure, at the time of the verification; and

               (g)    a description of any mark on or attached to, the standard under these regulations; and

               (h)    the period, from the date of verification, for which the certificate is given.

         (2)   For paragraph (1) (e), the accuracy of a reference standard of measurement must be ascertained and expressed in a manner determined in writing by the Chief Metrologist.

Note   For further provisions relating to paragraph (1) (e), see regulations 25, 26, 27 and 28.

20            Notification of determinations

         (1)   The Chief Metrologist must send a copy of a determination made under subregulation 17 (2), 18 (4) or 19 (2) to each verifying authority appointed to verify standards of measurement to which the determination relates.

         (3)   A determination applies to a verifying authority when the authority is given a copy of the determination under subregulation (1).

21            Recognition of foreign reference standards of measurement

         (1)   The Chief Metrologist may issue a written notice recognising a reference standard of measurement that is verified (however described) in a foreign country as a reference standard of measurement if:

                (a)    the verified values of the standard of measurement are established by means of, by reference to, by comparison with or by derivation from the primary standards of measurement of the foreign country; and

               (b)    appropriate comparability is established between:

                          (i)    the relevant primary standards of measurement of the foreign country; and

                         (ii)    one or more Australian primary standards of measurement.

         (2)   A recognised reference standard of measurement is taken to be a verified reference standard of measurement.

         (3)   A written notice issued under subregulation (1) in relation to a reference standard of measurement is taken to be a certificate issued under regulation 19 for the reference standard of measurement.

Division 4              When verifications cease to have effect and may be cancelled

22            When verification ceases to have effect

                The verification of a standard of measurement ceases to have effect at the end of the period stated in the certificate of verification for the standard of measurement as the period for which the certificate is given.

23            Grounds for cancellation of verification

                The grounds for cancelling the verification of a standard of measurement are that the value ascertained for the standard of measurement is:

                (a)    incorrect; or

               (b)    exceeding the maximum permissible variation for the standard.

Division 5              Accuracy, value and uncertainty of standards of measurement

25            Accuracy of State secondary standards of measurement — maximum permissible uncertainty

                For paragraph 19 (1) (e), the accuracy with which a State secondary standard of measurement is verified must be expressed as an uncertainty that does not exceed:

                (a)    for a standard for the measurement of length of a denomination stated in column 1 in Schedule 4 — the maximum permissible uncertainty stated for the denomination in column 3 in that Schedule; or

               (b)    for a standard for the measurement of mass of a denomination stated in column 1 in Schedule 5 — the maximum permissible uncertainty stated for the denomination in column 3 in that Schedule; or

                (c)    for a standard for the measurement of volume of a denomination stated in column 1 in Schedule 6 — the maximum permissible uncertainty stated for the denomination in column 2 in that Schedule; or

               (d)    for a standard for the measurement of mass or volume of a denomination not stated in column 1 in Schedule 5 or 6 — the maximum permissible uncertainty appropriate to the denomination when linear interpolation is applied to the maximum permissible uncertainty stated:

                          (i)    for a standard for the measurement of mass — in column 3 in Schedule 5; or

                         (ii)    for a standard for the measurement of volume — in column 2 in Schedule 6.

26            Accuracy of State tertiary standards of measurement — maximum permissible uncertainty

                For paragraph 19 (1) (e), the accuracy with which a State tertiary standard of measurement is verified must be expressed as an uncertainty that does not exceed:

                (a)    for a standard for the measurement of mass of a denomination stated in column 1 in Schedule 5 the maximum permissible uncertainty stated for the denomination in column 4 in that Schedule; or

               (b)    for a standard for the measurement of volume of a denomination stated in column 1 in Schedule 6 the maximum permissible uncertainty stated for the denomination in column 3 in that Schedule; or

                (c)    for a standard for the measurement of mass or volume of a denomination not stated in column 1 in Schedule 5 or 6 — the maximum permissible uncertainty appropriate to the denomination when linear interpolation is applied to the maximum permissible uncertainty stated:

                          (i)    for a standard for the measurement of mass — in column 4 in Schedule 5; or

                         (ii)    for a standard for the measurement of volume — in column 3 in Schedule 6.

27            Accuracy of Inspectors’ Class 1 standards of measurement — maximum permissible uncertainty

                For paragraph 19 (1) (e), the accuracy with which an Inspectors’ Class 1 standard of measurement is verified must be expressed as an uncertainty that does not exceed:

                (a)    for a standard for the measurement of length of a denomination stated in column 1 in Schedule 7 — the maximum permissible uncertainty stated for the denomination in column 2 in that Schedule; or

               (b)    for a standard for the measurement of area of a denomination stated in column 1 in Schedule 8 the maximum permissible uncertainty stated for the denomination in column 2 in that Schedule; or

                (c)    for a standard for the measurement of mass of a denomination stated in column 1 in Schedule 9 — the maximum permissible uncertainty stated for the denomination in column 2 in that Schedule; or

               (d)    for a standard for the measurement of volume of a denomination stated in column 1 in Schedule 10 — the maximum permissible uncertainty stated for the denomination in column 2 in that Schedule; or

                (e)    for a standard for the measurement of area, mass or volume of a denomination not stated in column 1 in Schedule 8, 9 or 10 the maximum permissible uncertainty appropriate to the denomination when linear interpolation is applied to the maximum permissible uncertainty stated:

                          (i)    for a standard for the measurement of area — in column 2 in Schedule 8; or

                         (ii)    for a standard for the measurement of mass — in column 2 in Schedule 9; or

                        (iii)    for a standard for the measurement of volume — in column 2 in Schedule 10.

28            Accuracy of Inspectors’ Class 2 standards of measurement — maximum permissible uncertainty

                For paragraph 19 (1) (e), the accuracy with which an Inspectors’ Class 2 standard of measurement is verified must be expressed as an uncertainty that does not exceed:

                (a)    for a standard for the measurement of length of a denomination stated in column 1 in Schedule 7 — the maximum permissible uncertainty stated for the denomination in column 4 in that Schedule; or

               (b)    for a standard for the measurement of mass of a denomination stated in column 1 in Schedule 9 — the maximum permissible uncertainty stated for the denomination in column 4 in that Schedule; or

                (c)    for a standard for the measurement of mass of any other denomination — the maximum permissible uncertainty appropriate to the denomination when it is applied to the maximum permissible uncertainty stated in column 4 in Schedule 9.

29            Accuracy of Inspectors’ Class 3 standards of measurement — maximum permissible uncertainty

                For paragraph 19 (1) (e), the accuracy with which an Inspectors’ Class 3 standard of measurement is verified must be expressed as an uncertainty that does not exceed:

                (a)    for a standard for the measurement of mass of a denomination stated in column 1 in Schedule 9 — the maximum permissible uncertainty stated for the denomination in column 6 in that Schedule; or

               (b)    for a standard for the measurement of mass of any other denomination — the maximum permissible uncertainty appropriate to the denomination when linear interpolation is applied to the maximum permissible uncertainty stated in column 6 in Schedule 9.

30            Equivalent values — maximum permissible variation

         (1)   This regulation applies subject to regulation 31.

         (2)   For paragraph 19 (1) (d), each of the following standards of measurement has a value equal to the value of its denomination of length, area, mass or volume, unless the value ascertained for the standard varies by an amount exceeding the maximum permissible variation applicable to the denomination:

                (a)    an Inspectors’ Class 1 standard of measurement;

               (b)    an Inspectors’ Class 2 standard of measurement;

                (c)    an Inspectors’ Class 3 standard of measurement.

Note   The maximum permissible variation for the 3 classes of inspectors’ standards of measurement are stated in regulations 32, 33 and 34.

31            Equivalent values — maximum permissible uncertainty

         (1)   Each of the following standards of measurement has a value equal to the value of its denomination of length, area, mass or volume, unless the accuracy with which the standard is verified exceeds the maximum permissible uncertainty stated in subregulation (2):

                (a)    an Inspectors’ Class 1 standard of measurement;

               (b)    an Inspectors’ Class 2 standard of measurement;

                (c)    an Inspectors’ Class 3 standard of measurement.

         (2)   The maximum permissible uncertainty is:

                (a)    for a denomination mentioned in regulation 32 — stated in column 2 for the denomination in the relevant Schedule; and

               (b)    for a denomination mentioned in regulation 33 — stated in column 4 for the denomination in the relevant Schedule; and

                (c)    for a denomination mentioned in regulation 34 — stated in column 6 for the denomination in the relevant Schedule.

32            Maximum permissible variation — Inspectors’ Class 1 standards

                For regulation 30, the maximum permissible variation for an Inspectors’ Class 1 standard of measurement is:

                (a)    for the measurement of length, area, mass or volume of a denomination stated in column 1 in Schedule 7, 8, 9 or 10 — the maximum permissible variation stated in column 3 for the denomination in the relevant Schedule; and

               (b)    for the measurement of area, mass or volume of a denomination not stated in column 1 in Schedule 8, 9 or 10 — the maximum permissible variation appropriate to the denomination when linear interpolation is applied to the maximum permissible variation stated in column 3 for the denomination in the relevant Schedule.

33            Maximum permissible variation — Inspectors’ Class 2 standards

                For regulation 30, the permissible variation for an Inspectors’ Class 2 standard of measurement is:

                (a)    for the measurement of length or mass of a denomination stated in column 1 in Schedule 7 or 9 — the maximum permissible variation stated in column 5 for the denomination in the relevant Schedule; and

               (b)    for the measurement of mass of a denomination not stated in column 1 in Schedule 9 — the maximum permissible variation appropriate to the denomination when linear interpolation is applied to the maximum permissible variation stated in column 5 in that Schedule.

34            Maximum permissible variation — Inspectors’ Class 3 standards

                For regulation 30, the maximum permissible variation for an Inspectors’ Class 3 standard of measurement is:

                (a)    for the measurement of mass of a denomination stated in column 1 in Schedule 9 — the maximum permissible variation stated in column 7 for the denomination in that Schedule; and

               (b)    for the measurement of mass of a denomination not stated in column 1 in Schedule 9 — the maximum permissible variation appropriate to the denomination when linear interpolation is applied to the maximum permissible variation stated in column 7 in that Schedule.


 

Part 3A               Artefacts

Division 1              General

34A         Verification relating to artefacts

         (1)   A verifying authority may verify a physical quantity of an artefact by making a measurement of the physical quantity.

         (2)   Verification of the physical quantity of the artefact must be conducted in an appropriate way, having regard to the nature of the artefact.

Division 2              Verification of artefacts

34B         Application for verification of physical quantity of an artefact

         (1)   Application may be made for verification of a physical quantity of an artefact.

         (2)   The application must be:

                (a)    made in the form provided by the Chief Metrologist to verifying authorities for issue to applicants; and

               (b)    accompanied by the artefact; and

                (c)    given to a relevant verifying authority.

         (3)   The verifying authority may, by written notice, require the applicant to lodge with the authority any additional information the authority needs to consider the application properly.

         (4)   The verifying authority may refuse to proceed with the application until the applicant complies with the notice.

34C         Verification of physical quantity of artefacts

         (1)   On application under regulation 34B, the verifying authority:

                (a)    may verify a physical quantity of the artefact; and

               (b)    if the physical quantity of the artefact is verified:

                          (i)    must issue a certificate of verification to the applicant; and

                         (ii)    may issue a copy of the certificate to anyone else the authority considers should be given a copy.

         (2)   The certificate of verification of a physical quantity of an artefact must state:

                (a)    the name and address of the verifying authority; and

               (b)    the date of the verification; and

                (c)    the result of the verification ascertained on the day of verification; and

               (d)    the accuracy with which the physical quantity of the artefact is verified; and

                (e)    the value (stating the uncertainty) of any relevant environmental or other influence factors, such as temperature or pressure, at the time of the verification; and

                (f)    a description of:

                          (i)    any mark on, or attached to, the artefact; or

                         (ii)    a sealed container attached to the artefact.

         (3)   For paragraph (2) (d), the accuracy of a verification of a physical quantity of an artefact is to be ascertained and expressed in a manner determined in writing by the Chief Metrologist.

         (4)   The verifying authority must not verify a physical quantity of an artefact unless the artefact bears an identifying mark.

34D         Decision not to verify, or delay in verifying, physical quantity of artefact

         (1)   If the verifying authority decides not to verify a physical quantity of an artefact, the authority must give written notice of the reason to the applicant as soon as practicable.

         (2)   If the authority has not granted an application, or given notice to the applicant under subregulation (1), within 3 months after receiving the application, the authority must, at the request of the applicant, given written notice to the applicant of the reasons for the delay.

34E         Marking of artefacts

         (1)   Before verifying a physical quantity of an artefact, the verifying authority must satisfy itself as to whether the artefact bears an identifying mark.

         (2)   If the artefact does not bear an identifying mark, the verifying authority must mark the artefact with an identifying mark.

         (3)   If:

                (a)    the artefact does not bear an identifying mark; and

               (b)    it is impracticable to mark the artefact with an identifying mark because of the nature, shape or size of the artefact;

the verifying authority must enclose an identifying mark in a sealed container and attach the sealed container to the artefact.

Part 4                 Measuring instruments

Division 1              Preliminary

35            Definitions for Part 4

                In this Part:

certify includes recertify.

measuring instrument does not include a measuring instrument in use for trade.

Division 2              Certification of measuring instruments

36            Application for certification of measuring instruments

         (1)   Application may be made for certification of a measuring instrument.

         (2)   An application must be:

                (a)    made in the form provided by the Chief Metrologist to certifying authorities for issue to applicants; and

               (b)    accompanied by the measuring instrument; and

                (c)    given to a relevant certifying authority.

         (3)   The certifying authority may, by written notice given to the applicant, require the applicant to lodge with the authority any additional information that the authority needs to consider the application properly.

         (4)   The certifying authority may refuse to proceed with the application until the applicant complies with the notice.

37            Certification of measuring instruments

         (1)   On application under regulation 36, the certifying authority:

                (a)    may examine the measuring instrument; and

               (b)    may certify the measuring instrument; and

                (c)    if the instrument is certified — must issue a certificate for the instrument to the applicant; and

               (d)    may issue a copy of the certificate to anyone else whom the authority considers should be given a copy.

         (2)   The certifying authority may refuse to examine a measuring instrument if the examination would create a significant risk of personal injury or death, or damage to property.

         (3)   A certifying authority may certify a measuring instrument other than on application.

         (4)   If the measuring instrument is certified under the supervision of a certifying authority, the authority may certify the instrument.

         (5)   For a measuring instrument to be certified, it must:

                (a)    have an approved pattern; and

               (b)    bear a mark that identifies the particular instrument.

         (6)   The certifying authority must mark a certified measuring instrument with the date of certification.

38            Decision not to certify, or delay in certifying, measuring instruments

         (1)   If the certifying authority decides not to certify a measuring instrument, the authority must give written notice of the reasons for its decision to the applicant as soon as practicable.

         (2)   If the authority has not granted an application or given notice to the applicant under subregulation (1) within 3 months after receiving the application, the authority must, at the request of the applicant, give written notice to the applicant of the reasons for the delay.

39            Determinations — accuracy of measuring instruments

         (1)   The Chief Metrologist may determine the manner in which the accuracy of measuring instruments of a particular kind must be ascertained by a certifying authority for these regulations.

         (2)   The accuracy of a measuring instrument of a kind to which
a determination under subregulation (1) applies must be ascertained for these regulations in accordance with the determination.

         (3)   The Chief Metrologist must give a copy of a determination made under subregulation (1) to each certifying authority appointed in relation to a measuring instrument to which the determination applies.

         (4)   A determination applies to a certifying authority when the certifying authority is given a copy of the determination under subregulation (1).

40            Recognition of foreign certification of measuring instruments

         (1)   The Chief Metrologist may issue a written notice recognising a measuring instrument that has been certified (however described) in a foreign country as a certified measuring instrument if:

                (a)    the certified values of the measuring instrument are established by means of, by reference to, by comparison with or by derivation from, the primary standards of measurement of the foreign country; and

               (b)    appropriate comparability is established between:

                          (i)    the relevant primary standards of measurement of the foreign country; and

                         (ii)    one or more Australian primary standards of measurement.

         (2)   A recognised measuring instrument is taken to be a certified measuring instrument.

         (3)   A written notice issued under subregulation (1) in relation to a measuring instrument is taken to be a certificate issued under regulation 37 for the measuring instrument.

Division 3              Marks and certificates

41            Marking of measuring instruments

                For paragraph 37 (5) (b) and subregulation 37 (6), a mark on a measuring instrument must be:

                (a)    legible; and

               (b)    on, or attached to, the instrument:

                          (i)    permanently; or

                         (ii)    in such a way that the mark cannot be obliterated or removed without being destroyed.

42            Matters to be stated in certificates

                A certificate must state:

                (a)    the name and address of the certifying authority; and

               (b)    that the measuring instrument is certified:

                          (i)    if a certifying authority certified the instrument — by the certifying authority; or

                         (ii)    if a certifying authority supervised certification of the instrument — under the supervision of the certifying authority; and

                (c)    the identity of the certified measuring instrument by reference to the identifying mark on, or attached to, the instrument; and

               (d)    the number of the certificate; and

                (e)    the date of certification; and

                (f)    that the measuring instrument is found to operate within the maximum permissible errors for that type of measuring instrument; and

               (g)    the accuracy with which the instrument is certified; and

               (h)    the period, from the date of certification, for which the certificate is given.

Division 4              When certification ceases to have effect and may be cancelled

43            When certification ceases to have effect

                The certification of a measuring instrument ceases to have effect at the end of the period stated in the certificate for the measuring instrument as the period for which the certificate is given.

44            Grounds for cancellation of certification

                The grounds for cancelling the certification of a measuring instrument are:

                (a)    that the measuring instrument does not operate within the maximum permissible error for the instrument; or

               (b)    that the metrological performance of the measuring instrument has been significantly affected since the instrument was last certified.


 

Part 5                 Reference materials

Division 1              Preliminary

45            Definition for Part 5

                In this Part:

certify includes recertify.

Division 2              Certification of reference materials

46            Application for certification of reference materials

         (1)   Application may be made for certification of a reference material.

         (2)   An application must be:

                (a)    made in the form provided by the Chief Metrologist to certifying authorities for issue to applicants; and

               (b)    accompanied by the reference material, or a sample of the material; and

                (c)    given to a relevant certifying authority.

         (3)   The certifying authority may, by written notice given to the applicant, require the applicant to lodge with the authority any additional information that the authority needs to consider the application properly.

         (4)   The certifying authority may refuse to proceed with the application until the applicant complies with the notice.

47            Application to vary certification of reference materials

         (1)   The holder of a certificate issued by the certifying authority may apply for variation of the certificate by lodging with the authority:

                (a)    a written application; and

               (b)    the certificate, or a copy of the certificate; and

                (c)    the Australian certified reference material, or a sample of the material.

         (2)   The certifying authority may, by written notice given to the applicant, require the applicant to lodge with the authority any additional information that the authority needs to consider the application properly.

         (3)   The certifying authority may refuse to proceed with the application until the applicant complies with the notice.

48            Certification of reference materials

         (1)   On application under regulation 46, the certifying authority:

                (a)    may examine the reference material; and

               (b)    may certify the reference material; and

                (c)    if the material is certified — must issue a certificate for the material to the applicant; and

               (d)    may issue a copy of the certificate to anyone else whom the authority considers should be given the copy.

         (2)   A certifying authority may certify a reference material other than on application.

         (3)   If the reference material is certified under the supervision of a certifying authority, the authority may certify the material.

         (4)   Certification of the reference material is subject to a condition stated in the certificate.

         (5)   The certifying authority must not certify the reference material unless the material bears a mark that identifies the particular material.

         (6)   Certification of the reference material must be conducted in an appropriate manner, having regard to the nature of the material to be certified.

         (7)   The certifying authority must mark the Australian certified reference material with the date of certification.

49            Variation of certification of reference materials

         (1)   On application under regulation 47, a certifying authority:

                (a)    may examine the reference material; and

               (b)    may vary the certification of a reference material certified by the authority; and

                (c)    if the certification is varied — must give the certificate for the reference material, as varied by the authority, to the applicant; and

               (d)    may give a copy of the certificate to anyone else whom the authority considers should be given the copy.

         (2)   The certifying authority must not examine a reference material if the examination would create a significant risk of personal injury or death, or damage to property.

         (3)   Variation of the certification of a reference material is subject to a condition stated in the certificate in relation to the variation.

50            Decision not to certify, or delay in certifying, reference material

         (1)   If the certifying authority decides not to certify a reference material, or to vary the certificate in a way not sought by the applicant, the authority must give written notice of the reasons for its decision to the applicant as soon as practicable.

         (2)   If the authority has not granted an application or given notice to the applicant under subregulation (1) within 3 months after receiving the application, the authority must, at the request of the applicant, give written notice to the applicant of the reasons for the delay.

51            Notice of variation

         (1)   This regulation applies to variation of the certification of a reference material under regulation 49.

         (2)   If the certificate is varied by a certifying authority other than the Chief Metrologist, the authority must notify the Chief Metrologist in writing of the variation.

         (3)   The certifying authority must, as soon as practicable and to the extent that is practicable, give written notice of the variation and the reasons for the variation:

                (a)    if the applicant is not the manufacturer of the Australian certified reference material:

                          (i)    for material manufactured in Australia — to the manufacturer; or

                         (ii)    for material manufactured outside Australia — to the agent of the manufacturer in Australia; and

               (b)    to purchasers and users of the Australian certified reference material who are known to the authority.

52            Determinations by Chief Metrologist

         (1)   The Chief Metrologist may determine:

                (a)    the manner, methods or characteristics of methods by which the property values of reference materials of a stated kind must be established for certification for these regulations; and

               (b)    a matter about a particular reference material, or reference materials of a particular kind, that is relevant to the proper use of the material or materials that must be stated in a certificate under paragraph 55 (j).

         (2)   The property values of a reference material of a kind to which a determination by the Chief Metrologist applies must be established in the manner set out in that determination.

         (3)   The Chief Metrologist must give a copy of a determination to a certifying authority who is appointed in relation to a reference material to which the determination relates.

         (4)   A determination applies to a certifying authority when the certifying authority is given a copy of the determination under subregulation (3).

53            Recognition of foreign reference materials

         (1)   The Chief Metrologist may issue a written notice recognising a reference material, or a reference material of a stated kind, that is certified (however described) in a foreign country as a Australian certified reference material if:

                (a)    the certified values of the reference material, or of reference materials of that kind, are established by means of, by reference to, by comparison with or by derivation from, the primary standards of measurement of the foreign country; and

               (b)    appropriate comparability is established between:

                          (i)    the relevant primary standards of measurement of the foreign country; and

                         (ii)    one or more Australian primary standards of measurement.

         (2)   A recognised reference material, or a recognised reference material of a stated kind, is taken to be a Australian certified reference material.

         (3)   A written notice issued under subregulation (1) in relation to a reference material, or a reference material of a stated kind, is taken to be a certificate issued under regulation 48 for the reference material or the reference material of that kind.

Division 3              Marks and certificates

54            Marking of reference materials

         (1)   For subregulations 48 (5) and (7), a mark on a reference material must be:

                (a)    legible; and

               (b)    on, or attached to, the material:

                          (i)    permanently; or

                         (ii)    in such a way that the mark cannot be obliterated or removed without being destroyed.

         (2)   However, if compliance with subregulation (1) is impracticable because of the nature, shape or size of the reference material, the reference material is taken to comply with subregulation (1) if it is enclosed in a sealed container that is marked in accordance with subregulation (1).

55            Matters to be stated in certificates

                A certificate must state:

                (a)    the name and address of the certifying authority; and

               (b)    that the reference material is certified:

                          (i)    if a certifying authority certified the material — by the certifying authority; or

                         (ii)    if a certifying authority supervised certification of the material — under the supervision of the certifying authority; and

                (c)    the date of certification; and

               (d)    the name or description of the reference material; and

                (e)    the certified property values of the reference material and their uncertainties and level of confidence; and

                (f)    the date on which the property values of the reference material were established for certification of the material; and

               (g)    a description of the reference material by reference to:

                          (i)    the identifying mark on, or attached to, the material under regulation 48; and

                         (ii)    the batch number (if that number is not the same as the number mentioned in that regulation); and

               (h)    information about the storage and transportation of the reference material including, if appropriate, their effect on the stability of the material and on the validity of:

                          (i)    the certification; and

                         (ii)    the certified property values and the uncertainties of those values; and

                (i)    the period, from the date of certification, for which the certificate is given; and

                (j)    any other matter about the reference material that the Chief Metrologist determines under paragraph 52 (1) (b) should be stated in certificates of the same kind as the certificate.

Division 4              When certification ceases to have effect or may be cancelled or varied

56            When certification ceases to have effect

                The certification of a reference material ceases to have effect at the end of the period stated:

                (a)    in the certificate for the reference material as the period for which the certificate is given; or

               (b)    by the manufacturer of the material as the period within which the material should be used to obtain the results specified by the manufacturer.

57            Grounds for cancellation or variation of certification

         (1)   The grounds for cancelling the certification of a reference material are that the reference material does not conform to the property values for the material, or their uncertainties and level of confidence, stated in the certificate.

         (2)   The grounds for varying the certification of a reference material, other than on application, are:

                (a)    the grounds stated in subregulation (1); and

               (b)    that it is not appropriate to cancel the certification.


 

Part 6                 Patterns of measuring instruments

Division 1              Examinations for pattern approval

58            Application for approval of patterns of measuring instruments

         (1)   Application may be made for approval of the pattern of a measuring instrument.

         (2)   An application must be:

                (a)    made in the form provided by the Chief Metrologist to approving authorities for issue to applicants; and

               (b)    accompanied by detailed drawings and specifications of the pattern of the measuring instrument; and

                (c)    given to a relevant approving authority.

         (3)   The approving authority may, by written notice given to the applicant, require the applicant to lodge with the authority:

                (a)    the whole or a part of the pattern of a measuring instrument that is the subject of the application; and

               (b)    the whole or a part of a measuring instrument constructed in accordance with the pattern; and

                (c)    any additional information that the authority needs to consider the application properly.

         (4)   The approving authority may refuse to proceed with the application until the applicant complies with the notice.

59            Application to vary approval of approved patterns

         (1)   An approval holder may apply for variation of the pattern approved by an approving authority by lodging:

                (a)    a written application with the authority; and

               (b)    the certificate of approval of the pattern or a copy of the certificate; and

                (c)    detailed drawings and specifications showing the variation.

         (2)   The approving authority may, by written notice given to the applicant, require the applicant to lodge with the authority:

                (a)    the whole or a part of the pattern of a measuring instrument as proposed to be varied; and

               (b)    the whole or a part of the measuring instrument constructed in accordance with the pattern as proposed to be varied; and

                (c)    any additional information that the authority needs to consider the application properly.

         (3)   The approving authority may refuse to proceed with the application until the applicant complies with the notice.

60            Approval of patterns of measuring instruments

         (1)   On application under regulation 58, the approving authority:

                (a)    may, on payment of any relevant fee, examine the pattern of a measuring instrument; and

               (b)    may approve the pattern of a measuring instrument by certifying that the instrument is suitable for use for trade or as a legal measuring instrument; and

                (c)    if the pattern of the measuring instrument is approved — must issue a certificate of approval to the applicant; and

               (d)    may issue a copy of the certificate to anyone else whom the authority considers should be given the copy.

         (2)   The approving authority must not examine a measuring instrument lodged with the application if the examination would create a significant risk of personal injury or death, or damage to property.

         (3)   Approval of the pattern of a measuring instrument lodged with the application may be given subject to retention by the Chief Metrologist of the whole or a part of the measuring instrument.

      (3A)   The Chief Metrologist may issue a certificate of approval other than on application.

         (4)   Approval of the pattern of a measuring instrument is subject to:

                (a)    a condition that a measuring instrument on which the number of the approved pattern is marked must comply with the pattern and any other condition to which the approval is subject; and

               (b)    any other condition stated in the certificate of approval.

Note   Regulation 90AA relates to certificates of approval of the patterns of measuring instruments issued before 1 July 2004.

61            Variation of approval of patterns of measuring instruments

         (1)   On application under regulation 59, the approving authority:

                (a)    may, on payment of any relevant fee, examine the approved pattern as proposed to be varied; and

               (b)    may vary the approval of the pattern of a measuring instrument approved by the authority; and

                (c)    if the approval is varied — must issue the certificate as varied by the authority to the applicant; and

               (d)    may issue a copy of the certificate to anyone else whom the authority considers should be given the copy.

         (2)   The approving authority must not examine a measuring instrument lodged with the application if the examination would create a significant risk of personal injury or death, or damage to property.

         (3)   If the approval is varied by an approving authority that is not the Chief Metrologist, the authority must notify the Chief Metrologist in writing of the variation.

         (4)   Variation of the approval of the pattern of a measuring instrument lodged with the application may be given subject to retention by the Chief Metrologist of the whole or a part of the measuring instrument.

         (5)   The Chief Metrologist may, other than on application, vary a certificate of approval issued by the Chief Metrologist.

62            Decision not to approve, or delay in approving, patterns of measuring instrument

         (1)   If the approving authority decides not to approve an application, or to vary an approval in a way not sought by the applicant, the authority must give written notice of the reasons for its decision to the applicant as soon as practicable.

         (2)   If the authority has not granted an application or given notice to the applicant under subregulation (1) within 3 months after receiving the application, the authority must, at the request of the applicant, give written notice to the applicant of the reasons for the delay.

63            Certificates of approval

                A certificate of approval must:

                (a)    state the name and address of the approving authority; and

               (b)    describe the pattern of the measuring instrument to which the certificate relates; and

                (c)    state the number of the approved pattern; and

               (d)    state the date of issue of the certificate; and

                (e)    state that the pattern of the measuring instrument is approved under these regulations as suitable for use for trade or as a legal measuring instrument; and

                (f)    state any condition to which approval of the pattern is subject.

Division 2              Other examinations

64            Examination of instruments for compliance with approved patterns

         (1)   This regulation applies if:

                (a)    the pattern of a measuring instrument is approved under regulation 60; and

               (b)    the Chief Metrologist has in its possession a measuring instrument that is, or purports to be, in accordance with the approved pattern.

         (2)   The Chief Metrologist may examine the measuring instrument to ascertain whether the instrument is in accordance with the approved pattern.

         (3)   In examining the measuring instrument, the Chief Metrologist must:

                (a)    if practicable, use substantially the same test procedures as were used by the Chief Metrologist in testing the pattern of the measuring instrument for approval; or

               (b)    if paragraph (a) does not apply — ensure that the result of the examination is not affected by the fact that those procedures are not used to examine the measuring instrument.

         (4)   If, after examining the measuring instrument, the Chief Metrologist considers that the instrument is not in accordance with the approved pattern, the Chief Metrologist may, in accordance with regulation 82, withdraw or decide to cancel approval of the pattern of the measuring instrument.

         (5)   If the non‑compliance of a measuring instrument with the approved pattern of the instrument is sufficiently serious to justify further action being taken, the Chief Metrologist may report the non‑compliance in writing to:

                (a)    the Director of Public Prosecutions; and

               (b)    the corresponding authority of a State or Territory.

65            Re‑examination of approved patterns

         (1)   This regulation applies if:

                (a)    the pattern of a measuring instrument is approved under regulation 60; and

               (b)    the Chief Metrologist is provided with a measuring instrument by an authorised person acting in the performance of his or her duty; and

                (c)    the Chief Metrologist is told by the authorised person that:

                          (i)    the measuring instrument is in accordance with the approved pattern; and

                         (ii)    the instrument is not suitable for trade or as a legal measuring instrument.

         (2)   The Chief Metrologist may re‑examine the pattern of the measuring instrument.

         (3)   If, after re‑examining the pattern of the measuring instrument, there are reasonable grounds for considering that the pattern is not suitable for use for trade or as a legal measuring instrument, the Chief Metrologist:

                (a)    may, in accordance with regulation 82, withdraw or decide to cancel approval of the pattern of the measuring instrument; and

               (b)    must give a written statement of the results of the tests conducted by the Chief Metrologist in its re‑examination of the pattern of the measuring instrument:

                          (i)    if the measuring instrument was manufactured in Australia — to the manufacturer; or

                         (ii)    if the measuring instrument was manufactured outside Australia — to the agent of the manufacturer in Australia.

         (4)   In this regulation:

authorised person means a person who is authorised (however described) under a Commonwealth, State or Territory law for trade measurement, or weights and measures, in relation to the administration of the law.

Division 3              Cancellation, variation and withdrawal of approvals

66            Cancellation of approvals on application

         (1)   An approval holder may apply to an approving authority for cancellation of the approval of the pattern of a measuring instrument approved by the authority.

         (2)   The application may be made by lodging with the approving authority:

                (a)    a written application; and

               (b)    the relevant certificate of approval.

         (3)   As soon as practicable, the approving authority must:

                (a)    cancel approval of the pattern of the measuring instrument; and

               (b)    give written notice of the cancellation to:

                          (i)    the applicant; and

                         (ii)    anyone else the authority considers should be given notice of the cancellation.

67            Grounds for cancelling and varying approvals other than on application

         (1)   The grounds for cancelling the approval of the pattern of a measuring instrument, other than on application, are:

                (a)    that a measuring instrument constructed in accordance with the approved pattern is not suitable:

                          (i)    for use for trade or as a legal measuring instrument; or

                         (ii)    for the particular use for trade or as a legal measuring instrument stated in the certificate of approval; or

               (b)    that an approving authority makes a decision under subregulation 64 (4) or paragraph 65 (3) (a).

         (2)   The grounds for varying the approval of the pattern of a measuring instrument, other than on application, are:

                (a)    the grounds stated in subregulation (1); and

               (b)    that it is not appropriate to cancel the approval.

68            Effect of variation and cancellation of approvals

                If an approved pattern is varied or cancelled under this Part or under Part 8, a measuring instrument manufactured in accordance with the pattern before the variation or cancellation has effect is taken to continue to be in accordance with a pattern approved under these Regulations.

69            Effect of withdrawal of approvals

                If approval of the pattern of a measuring instrument is withdrawn under paragraph 82 (3) (c), the instrument is not a measuring instrument with an approved pattern.


 

Part 7                 Authorities

Division 1              General

70            Definition for Part 7

                In this Part:

authority means a verifying, certifying or approving authority.

71            Application for permission for person to sign certificates

         (1)   An authority may apply in writing to the Chief Metrologist to permit a stated person to sign certificates of a stated kind for the authority.

         (2)   The Chief Metrologist may give written permission to the authority to permit the person to sign the certificates.

Division 2              Appointment of authorities

72            Application for appointment of verifying or certifying authority

         (1)   An application for appointment as a verifying or certifying authority must be:

                (a)    made in the form provided by the Chief Metrologist to applicants; and

               (b)    be given to the Chief Metrologist.

         (2)   The Chief Metrologist may vary the appointment on written application by the authority to which the appointment relates.

         (3)   If the Chief Metrologist decides not to approve an application, or to vary an approval in a way not sought by the applicant, the Chief Metrologist must give written notice of the reasons for its decision to the applicant as soon as practicable.

         (4)   If the Chief Metrologist has not granted an application or given notice to the applicant under subregulation (3) within 3 months after receiving the application, the Chief Metrologist must, at the request of the applicant, give written notice to the applicant of the reasons for the delay.

73            Verifying and certifying authorities

         (1)   On application under regulation 72, the Chief Metrologist may appoint as a verifying or certifying authority an applicant who:

                (a)    in the opinion of the Chief Metrologist, is capable, or has direct control of staff who are capable, of:

                          (i)    verifying a standard of measurement; or

                         (ii)    verifying a physical quantity of an artefact; or

                        (iii)    certifying a reference material; or

                        (iv)    certifying a measuring instrument;

        to which the application relates; or

               (b)    holds National Association of Testing Authorities accreditation that the Chief Metrologist considers appropriate to the functions mentioned in paragraph (a).

         (2)   The appointment:

                (a)    must be in writing; and

               (b)    may be made subject to a condition stated in the instrument of appointment.

         (3)   The appointment has effect when the Chief Metrologist gives the instrument of appointment to the appointee.

74            Verifying authorities

         (1)   An appointment as a verifying authority must state:

                (a)    the kind or kinds of reference standards of measurement and physical quantities of artefacts (if any) to which the appointment applies; and

               (b)    the range of denominations of standards of measurement and physical quantities of artefacts (if any) that may be verified by the appointee; and

                (c)    the least uncertainty with which standards of measurement and physical quantities of artefacts (if any) may be verified by the appointee.

         (2)   A verifying authority may arrange for the testing needed for verification of a standard of measurement or physical quantity of an artefact to be conducted by another body or person under the supervision of the authority.

75            Certifying authorities

         (1)   An appointment as a certifying authority must state whether the appointment is made in relation to measuring instruments or reference materials generally or to measuring instruments or reference materials of a particular kind or of particular kinds.

         (2)   A certifying authority may arrange for the testing needed for certification of a measuring instrument or reference material to be conducted by another body or person under the supervision of the authority.

76            Approving authorities

         (1)   The Chief Metrologist may appoint a competent body or person to perform, on behalf of the Chief Metrologist, any or all of the following functions of the Chief Metrologist under these regulations:

                (a)    to examine measuring instruments and patterns of measuring instruments;

               (b)    to approve patterns of measuring instruments;

                (c)    to issue certificates of approval;

               (d)    to vary or cancel approvals of patterns of measuring instruments;

                (e)    to reconsider its decisions not to vary or cancel approvals of patterns of measuring instruments.

         (2)   The Chief Metrologist may vary the appointment by giving notice of the variation to the approving authority to which the appointment relates.

         (3)   The appointment:

                (a)    must be in writing; and

               (b)    must state whether the appointment is made for patterns of measuring instruments generally or for patterns of measuring instruments of a particular kind or of particular kinds; and

                (c)    may be made subject to a condition stated in the instrument of appointment.

         (4)   The appointment has effect when the Chief Metrologist gives the instrument of appointment to the appointee.

         (5)   For subregulation (1):

competent body or person means a body or person who is competent to carry out the functions mentioned in subregulation (1).

77            General conditions of appointment of authorities

         (1)   An appointment as an authority is subject to the following conditions:

               (b)    that the authority participate in training, related to the performance of the duties of an authority, required by the Chief Metrologist;

                (c)    that the authority report, as required by the Chief Metrologist, about its performance of those duties;

               (d)    that the authority, and any responsible agent or employee of the authority, comply with the Act and these regulations and any condition stated in the instrument of appointment.

         (2)   An appointment as a verifying authority is subject to the condition that the verifying authority comply with a determination applying to the authority under regulation 20.

         (3)   An appointment as a certifying authority is subject to the condition that the certifying authority comply with a determination applying to the authority under regulation 39
or 52.

78            Cancellation of appointments on application

         (1)   An authority may apply for cancellation of an appointment as an authority by lodging with the Chief Metrologist:

                (a)    a written application; and

               (b)    the instrument of appointment.

         (2)   As soon as practicable, the Chief Metrologist must:

                (a)    cancel the appointment; and

               (b)    give written notice of the cancellation to the applicant.

79            Grounds for cancelling and varying appointments other than on application

         (1)   The grounds for cancelling the appointment of an authority, other than on application, are as follows:

                (a)    that the authority has not complied with a condition to which the appointment is subject;

               (b)    that, in the opinion of the Chief Metrologist, the authority does not have the necessary or appropriate facilities or standards to perform the functions or duties to which the appointment relates;

                (c)    that, in the opinion of the Chief Metrologist, the authority does not have the necessary competent staff to perform the functions or duties to which the appointment relates.

         (2)   The grounds for varying the appointment of an authority, other than on application, are the grounds stated in subregulation (1), but in circumstances that do not require cancellation of the appointment.


 

Part 8                 Dealing with verification, certification, approval and appointment other than on application

Division 1              Preliminary

80            Definitions for Part 8

                In this Part:

appointment means an appointment as an authority.

authority means a verifying, certifying or approving authority.

certificate does not include a certificate of verification of:

                (a)    an Australian primary or secondary standard of measurement; or

               (b)    a State primary standard of measurement.

Chief Metrologist includes:

                (a)    for cancellation of a certificate of verification or certificate issued under regulation 37 — the verifying or certifying authority that issued the certificate; and

               (b)    for variation or cancellation of a certificate issued under regulation 48 — the certifying authority that issued the certificate; and

                (c)    for variation, cancellation or withdrawal of a certificate of approval — the approving authority that issued the certificate.

instrument means:

                (a)    a certificate; or

               (b)    a permission under regulation 71; or

                (c)    an instrument of appointment.

instrument holder means:

                (a)    an authority; or

               (b)    the holder of a certificate.

81            Application of Part 8

                This Part applies if a reasonable ground exists:

                (a)    to cancel the verification of a standard of measurement; or

               (b)    to cancel the certification of a measuring instrument or reference material; or

                (c)    to vary the certification of a reference material, other than on application; or

               (d)    to vary or cancel the approval of the pattern of a measuring instrument, other than on application; or

                (e)    to withdraw the approval of the pattern of a measuring instrument; or

                (f)    to cancel a permission given under regulation 71; or

               (g)    to vary or cancel an appointment, other than on application.

Division 2              Cancellation, variation and withdrawal of instruments

82            Cancellation, variation and withdrawal of instruments

         (1)   The Chief Metrologist must give the instrument holder written notice that:

                (a)    if the Chief Metrologist proposes to vary the instrument — tells the instrument holder of the proposed variation; and

               (b)    if the Chief Metrologist proposes to cancel or withdraw the instrument — tells the instrument holder of the proposed cancellation or withdrawal; and

                (c)    states the ground for the proposed variation, cancellation or withdrawal; and

               (d)    outlines the facts and other circumstances forming the basis for the view that the ground exists; and

                (e)    invites the instrument holder to state in writing to the Chief Metrologist, within a stated period of at least 28 days after the notice is given to the instrument holder, why the instrument should not be varied, cancelled or withdrawn as proposed by the Chief Metrologist (the proposed action).

         (2)   The Chief Metrologist may take the proposed action before giving the invitation mentioned in paragraph (1) (e) if the Chief Metrologist considers that it is necessary to do so.

         (3)   If, after considering any written statement made to the Chief Metrologist by the instrument holder within the stated period, there are reasonable grounds for considering that a ground exists to take the proposed action, the Chief Metrologist may:

                (a)    if the proposed action is to vary the instrument in a stated way — vary the instrument in that way; or

               (b)    if the proposed action is to cancel the instrument — cancel the instrument or vary it in any way; or

                (c)    if the proposed action is to withdraw the approval — withdraw the approval.

         (4)   If the Chief Metrologist varies, cancels or withdraws the instrument, the Chief Metrologist:

                (a)    must tell the instrument holder in writing of the decision, give the holder written reasons for the decision, and tell the holder that the holder may apply to have the decision reconsidered; and

               (b)    may give written notice of the variation, cancellation or withdrawal to anyone else whom the Chief Metrologist considers should be given notice of the variation, cancellation or withdrawal.

83            When variation, cancellation and withdrawal have effect

                The variation, cancellation or withdrawal of an instrument has effect:

                (a)    when the instrument holder is told in writing of the decision by the Chief Metrologist and given written reasons for the decision; or

               (b)    if the Chief Metrologist tells the instrument holder that the decision takes effect on a later day — on the later day.


 

Part 9                 Reconsideration and review

  

84            Definition for Part 9

                In this Part:

decision maker means:

                (a)    a verifying, certifying or approving authority; and

               (b)    for a permission under regulation 71 or an application for appointment, or an appointment, as an authority — the Chief Metrologist.

85            Certain decisions may be reconsidered

         (1)   The following decisions are decisions to which this regulation applies:

Item

Provision under which decision made

Brief description of decision

1

subregulation 12 (4)

not to examine a standard of measurement until the applicant complies with a notice

2

subregulation 13 (1)

not to verify a standard of measurement

2A

subregulation 34B (4)

not to verify an artefact until the applicant complies with a notice

2B

subregulation 34C (1)

not to verify an artefact

3

subregulation 36 (4)

not to examine a  measuring instrument until the applicant complies with a notice

4

subregulation 37 (1)

not to certify a measuring instrument on application or to give a certificate in a way not sought by the applicant

5

subregulation 46 (4) or 47 (3)

not to examine a  reference material until the applicant complies with a notice

6

subregulation 48 (1)

not to certify a reference material on application or to give a certificate in a way not sought by the applicant

7

subregulation 49 (1)

not to vary a certificate on application or to vary a certificate on application in a way not sought by the applicant

8

subregulation 58 (4) or 59 (3)

not to examine the pattern of a measuring instrument until the applicant complies with a notice

9

subregulation 60 (1)

not to approve the pattern of a measuring instrument on application or to give a certificate in a way not sought by the applicant

10

subregulation 61 (1)

not to vary a certificate on application or to vary a certificate on application in a way not sought by the applicant

11

regulation 71

not to give a permission or to cancel a permission

12

subregulation 72 (3)

not to vary an appointment on application

13

subregulation 72 (3)

to vary an appointment in a way not sought by the applicant

14

subregulation 73 (1)

not to make an appointment

15

subregulation 82 (3)

to vary, cancel or withdraw an instrument or certificate other than on application

         (2)   A person affected by a decision to which this regulation applies (the initial decision) may ask the decision maker in writing to reconsider the decision.

         (3)   The request must be made within:

                (a)    28 days after the person or anyone else was told in writing of the initial decision, and given reasons for the decision, by the decision maker; or

               (b)    any longer period allowed by the decision maker.

         (4)   The request for reconsideration must state the decision that the person wants the decision maker to make and outline why the decision maker should make that decision.

         (5)   Within 28 days after receiving the request, the decision maker must reconsider the initial decision and:

                (a)    confirm the decision; or

               (b)    vary the decision; or

                (c)    set the decision aside and substitute a new decision.

         (6)   The decision maker must tell the person in writing of the result of the reconsideration and, if the decision maker does not make the decision that the person wants the decision maker to make:

                (a)    give the person written reasons for the reconsidered decision; and

               (b)    tell the person that the person may apply to the Administrative Appeals Tribunal to have the decision reviewed by the Tribunal.

86            Certain decisions may be reviewed

                Application may be made to the Administrative Appeals Tribunal under the Administrative Appeals Tribunal Act 1975 for review of a decision that has been reconsidered under regulation 85.


 

Part 10               Miscellaneous

  

88            Conversion factors (Act, s 11)

                The conversion factors stated in column 4 in an item in Schedule 11 are prescribed for the conversion of units of measurement stated in column 2 in that item to units of measurement stated in column 3 in the item.

Examples

1   To convert yards to metres use the conversion factor in Column 4 of item 3 of Schedule 11 which is 0.9144, so that:

2 yards ´ 0.9144 = 1.8288 metres.

2   To convert roods to square metres use the conversion factor in
Column 4 of item 11 of Schedule 11 which is 1210 (0.9144)2, so that:

16 roods ´ 1210 ´ (0.9144)2 = 16 187.425 69 square metres.

3   To convert slugs to kilograms use the conversion factor in Column 4 of item 22 of Schedule 11 which is 32.174 ´ 0.453 592 37, so that:

7 slugs ´ 32.174 ´ 0.453 592 37 = 102.157 166 39 kilograms.

4   To convert cubic yards to cubic metres use the conversion factor in Column 4 of item 25 of Schedule 11 which is (0.9144)3, so that:

88 cubic yards ´ (0.9144)3 = 67.280 827 503 cubic metres.

5   To convert miles per hour to kilometres per hour use the conversion factor in Column 4 of item 36 of Schedule 11 which is 1.609 344, so that:

100 miles per hour ´ 1.609 344 = 160.9344 kilometres per hour.

6   To convert calories to joules use the conversion factor in Column 4 of item 39 of Schedule 11 which is 4.186 8, so that:

107 calories ´ 4.186 8 = 447.9876 joules.

7   To convert horsepower to watts use the conversion factor in Column 4 of item 41 of Schedule 11 which is 745.7, so that:

88 horsepower ´ 745.7 = 65 621.6 watts.

90            Certificates as evidence

         (1)   In this regulation:

instrument means:

                (a)    an authorisation mentioned in paragraph 12 (2) (a); or

               (b)    a certificate; or

                (c)    a permission under regulation 71; or

               (d)    the instrument of appointment of a verifying, certifying or approving authority.

         (2)   An instrument is evidence of a matter stated in the instrument.

         (3)   The instrument may be received in evidence:

                (a)    in any court, whether or not the court is exercising federal jurisdiction; and

               (b)    in any proceeding before a person who is authorised by a law of the Commonwealth or of a State or Territory, or by consent of the parties to the proceeding, to receive and examine evidence.

         (4)   Unless the contrary is established:

                (a)    the instrument is taken to be issued by the person by whom the instrument purports to be issued; and

               (b)    the instrument is taken to be signed by the person by whom the instrument purports to be signed; and

                (c)    the person by whom the instrument purports to be signed is taken to be a person authorised under these regulations to sign the instrument.

90AA      Pattern approval certificates issued between 1 October 1999 and 1 July 2004

                A certificate of approval of the pattern of a measuring instrument that was purported to have been issued by an approving authority in the period starting on 1 October 1999 and ending at the end of 30 June 2004 is taken, for the purposes of these Regulations:

                (a)    to have been issued in accordance with the requirements of these Regulations as in force when the certificate was purported to have been issued; and

               (b)    to be a valid certificate.

90AB      Preservation of verifications and reverifications made before 1 July 2009

                The reverification of a standard of measurement under paragraph 13 (2A) (a) does not affect a right or an entitlement resulting from a verification or a reverification conducted in accordance with these Regulations as in force before 1 July 2009.

90B         Fees

                For paragraph 20 (1) (l) of the Act, the fees for activities undertaken by the Commonwealth are set out in Schedule 13.


 

Part 11               Repeals

  

91            Repeal of previous National Measurement Regulations

                Statutory Rules 1961 No. 142, 1963 No. 126, 1964 No. 146, 1965 No. 13, 1968 No. 150, 1970 No. 40, 1972 Nos. 62, 133 and 160, 1973 Nos. 68 and 253, 1977 No. 150, 1979 No. 65, 1981 No. 195, 1983 No. 64, 1984 Nos. 195 and 231, 1985 No. 315, 1986 Nos. 172 and 399, 1988 Nos. 258 and 259, 1991 No. 146 and 1994 Nos. 54 and 319 are repealed.

92            Repeal of National Measurement (Patterns of Measuring Instruments) Regulations

                Statutory Rules 1965 No. 147, 1966 No. 66, 1984 No. 232, 1986 No. 370, 1989 No. 325 and 1993 No. 104 are repealed.


 

Part 12               Transitional provisions

  

93            Transitional — 1 October 1999

         (3)   A certificate issued under the Patterns of Measuring Instruments Regulations in relation to a measuring instrument is taken to be a certificate issued under these regulations in relation to the instrument.

         (4)   Subject to subregulation (4A), an appointment under regulation 77 of the previous regulations is taken to be an appointment under these regulations.

      (4A)   An appointment mentioned in subregulation (4) expires:

                (a)    if an expiry date is not specified in the instrument of appointment — on 1 July 2005; and

               (b)    if an expiry date is specified in the instrument of appointment — on that date.

         (5)   A certificate issued under regulation 78A, 79 or 80 of the previous regulations is taken to be a certificate issued under these regulations.

         (6)   In this regulation:

Patterns of Measuring Instruments Regulations means the National Measurement (Patterns of Measuring Instruments) Regulations as in force immediately before the commencement of these regulations.

previous regulations means the National Measurement Regulations as in force immediately before the commencement of these regulations.

94            Transitional — 1 July 2004

         (1)   In this regulation:

certificate of approval includes a varied certificate of approval.

Commission means the National Standards Commission.

Organisation means the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation established under the Science and Industry Research Act 1949.

         (2)   An instrument issued by the Commission under regulation 21, 40 or 53 before 1 July 2004 is taken to be a written notice issued by the Chief Metrologist under that regulation.

         (3)   A determination that was made by the Commission or the Organisation under these Regulations and that was in force immediately before 1 July 2004 continues to have effect on and after that day as if it had been made by the Chief Metrologist under these Regulations.

         (4)   A certificate of approval issued by the Commission under these Regulations before 1 July 2004 is taken to be issued by the Chief Metrologist under these Regulations.

         (5)   A certificate issued under these Regulations before 1 July 2004 by the Commission or the Organisation acting in the capacity of a certifying authority is taken to be issued by the Chief Metrologist under these Regulations, subject to any condition stated in the certificate.

         (6)   A certificate of verification issued under these Regulations before 1 July 2004 by the Commission or the Organisation acting in the capacity of a verifying authority is taken to be issued by the Chief Metrologist under these Regulations, for the period, if any, for which the certificate is given.

         (7)   Subject to regulations 68 and 69, the cancellation, variation or withdrawal of an instrument by the Commission under Part 6 or 8 before 1 July 2004 is taken to be a cancellation, variation or withdrawal of the instrument by the Chief Metrologist under that Part.

         (8)   An appointment made by the Commission under these Regulations before 1 July 2004 is taken to be an appointment by the Chief Metrologist under these Regulations.


Schedule 1        Australian legal units of measurement

(regulation 5)

Part 1          SI base units of measurement

Item

Quantity

Name

Symbol

Definition

1.1

mass

kilogram

kg

The mass of the cylinder:

(a)    deposited in the International Bureau of Weights and Measures; and

(b)    declared to be the International Prototype Kilogram by the First General Conference on Weights and Measures held in Paris in 1889.

Note   Because the name for the legal unit of measurement for mass contains a prefix, the names for other units of measurement for mass are formed by combining prefixes with gram as described in Part 4 in the way mentioned in guidelines issued by the Chief Metrologist under subsection 7B (1) of the Act.

1.2

amount of substance

mole

mol

The amount of substance of a system that contains as many elementary entities as there are atoms in 0.012 kg of carbon 12.  When the mole is used, the elementary entities must be specified and may be atoms, molecules, ions, electrons, other particles or specified groups of such particles.

1.3

length

metre

m

The length of the path travelled by light in a vacuum during a time interval of 1/299 792 458 of a second.

1.4

time

second

s

The duration of 9 192 631 770 periods of the radiation corresponding to the transition between the 2 hyperfine levels of the ground state of the caesium 133 atom.

1.5

luminous intensity

candela

cd

The luminous intensity, in a given direction, of a source that emits monochromatic radiation of the frequency 540 x 1012 hertz and has a radiant intensity in that direction of 1/683 watt per steradian.

1.6

thermo‑dynamic temperature

kelvin

K

The fraction 1/273.16 of the thermodynamic temperature of the triple point of water.

1.7

electric current

ampere

A

The unvarying electric current that, when flowing in each of 2 parallel straight conductors of infinite length of negligible cross‑section and separated by a distance of 1 metre from each other in free space, produces between those conductors a force equal to 0.2 ´ 10–6 newton per metre length of conductor.

Part 2          SI derived units of measurement with special names

Item

Quantity

Name

Symbol

Definition

2.1

frequency

hertz

Hz

The frequency of a regularly recurrent phenomenon that repeats itself once each second.

2.2

force

newton

N

The force that, when applied to a body having a mass of 1 kilogram, causes an acceleration of 1 metre per second squared in the direction of the application of the force.

2.3

pressure

pascal

Pa

The pressure resulting from a force of 1 newton applied uniformly over an area of 1 square metre.

2.4

energy, work

joule

J

The work done or the energy expended when a force of 1 newton moves the point of application 1 metre in the direction of that force.

2.5

power, including sound power

watt

W

The power used when work is done or energy is expended at the rate of 1 joule per second.

2.6

electric charge

coulomb

C

The quantity of electric charge that is transferred each second by an electric current of 1 ampere.

2.7

potential difference, electro‑motive force

volt

V

The potential difference that exists between 2 points on a conductor carrying an unvarying electric current of 1 ampere when the power dissipated between those points is equal to 1 watt.

2.8

electric capacitance

farad

F

The electric capacitance that exists between 2 conductors when the transfer of an electric charge of 1 coulomb from one to the other changes the potential difference between them by 1 volt.

2.9

electric conductance

siemens

S

The electric conductance of a conductor that has an electric resistance of 1 ohm.

2.10

electric inductance

henry

H

The electric inductance of a closed circuit in which an electromotive force of 1 volt is produced when the electric current that traverses the circuit varies uniformly at the rate of 1 ampere per second.

2.11

electric resistance

ohm

W

The electric resistance between 2 points on a conductor that does not contain any source of electromotive force when a constant potential difference of 1 volt maintained between those points results in a current of 1 ampere in the conductor.

2.12

magnetic flux

weber

Wb

The magnetic flux that, linking a circuit of 1 turn, produces in that circuit an electromotive force of 1 volt if the magnetic flux is reduced to zero at a uniform rate in 1 second.

2.13

magnetic flux density

tesla

T

The magnetic flux density that results if a magnetic flux of 1 weber is uniformly distributed over a plane 1 square metre in area, the direction of the magnetic flux density being perpendicular to that plane.

2.14

luminous flux

lumen

lm

The luminous flux emitted into a solid angle of 1 steradian by an isotropic point source having a luminous intensity of 1 candela.

2.15

illuminance

lux

lx

The illuminance produced at the surface of a sphere having a radius of 1 metre by a point source that:

(a)  is situated at its centre; and

(b)  has a luminous intensity of 1 candela in all directions.

2.16

activity of a radionuclide

becquerel

Bq

The activity of a radionuclide that is undergoing 1 transformation per second on average.

2.17

absorbed dose, absorbed dose index, kerma, specific energy imparted

gray

Gy

The absorbed dose, absorbed dose index, kerma or specific energy imparted when 1 joule is imparted to 1 kilogram of irradiated matter

2.18

dose equivalent

sievert

Sv

The sievert is the dose equivalent or dose equivalent index where:

(a)  an absorbed dose of ionising radiation equal to 1 gray is delivered to a biological material; and

(b)  the conditions under which the dose is delivered satisfy the formula:

Q ´ N = 1

where:

Q is a factor that is the quality factor representing the effect on the detriment of the microscopic distribution of absorbed energy; and

N is a factor that is the product of all other modifying factors specified by the International Commission on Radiological Protection as at the commencement of these regulations.

2.19

plane angle

radian

rad

The radian is the plane angle between 2 radii of a circle that cut off on the circumference an arc equal in length to the radius.

2.20

solid angle

steradian

sr

The steradian is the solid angle that has its vertex in the centre of a sphere and cuts off an area of the surface of the sphere equal to that of a square with sides of length equal to the radius of the sphere.

2.21

catalytic activity

katal

kat

The katal is a unit of catalytic activity equal to 1 mole per second.

Part 3          Non‑SI units of measurement used with SI units of measurement

Item

Quantity

Name

Symbol

Definition

3.1

sound power level

decibel

dB

In measuring sound power level in decibels, the number of decibels is the number equal to 10 times the logarithm to the base 10 of the ratio of the sound power in the particular case expressed in watts to a reference sound power of
10
–12 watts.

3.2

sound pressure level

decibel

dB

In measuring sound pressure level in decibels, the number of decibels is the number equal to 20 times the logarithm to the base 10 of the ratio of the root‑mean‑square sound pressure in the particular case expressed in pascals to a reference sound pressure of
2
´ 10–5 pascals.

3.3

sound intensity level

decibel

dB

In measuring sound intensity level in decibels, the number of decibels is the number equal to 10 times the logarithm to the base 10 of the ratio of the sound intensity in the particular case expressed in watts per square metre to a reference sound intensity of 10–12 watts per square metre.

3.4

area

hectare

ha

104 m2

3.5

energy

electron‑volt

eV

The kinetic energy acquired by an electron in passing through a potential difference of 1 volt in vacuum.

1 eV = 1.602 177 33 ´ 10–19 J

3.6

kinematic viscosity

stokes

St

10–4 m2/s

3.7

length

nautical mile

n mile

1852 m

3.8

mass

tonne

t

103 kg

3.9

mass

metric carat

CM or ct

0.2 ´ 10–3 kg

3.10

plane angle

degree

°

p /180 rad

3.11

plane angle

minute

¢

1/60 ´ p /180 rad

3.12

plane angle

second

²

1/3 600 ´ p /180 rad

3.13

time

day

d

86 400 s

3.14

time

hour

h

3 600 s

3.15

time

minute

min

60 s

3.16

temperature

degree Celsius

°C

A degree Celsius is equal in magnitude to a kelvin.

t(°C) = T(K) – 273.15

where:

t(°C) is the numerical value of temperature in degrees Celsius.

T(K) is the numerical value of temperature in kelvins.

3.17

velocity

knot

kn

1852/3600 m/s

3.18

viscosity

poise

P

10–1 Pa.s

3.19

volume

litre

L or l

10–3 m3

Part 4          Additional derived units of measurement

 

Item

Quantity

Name

Symbol

Definition

4.1

mass

gram

g

10‑3 kg

4.2

length

micron

µm

10‑6 m

4.3

area

square metre

m2

base unit

4.4

area

square kilometre

km2

106 m2

4.5

 

square decimetre

dm2

10‑2 m2

4.6

 

square centimetre

cm2

10‑4 m2

4.7

 

square millimetre

mm2

10‑6 m2

4.8

 

square micrometre

µm2

10‑12 m2

4.9

volume

cubic kilometre

km3

109 m3

4.10

 

cubic metre

m3

base unit

4.11

 

cubic decimetre

dm3

10‑3 m3

4.12

 

cubic centimetre

cm3

10‑6 m3

4.13

 

cubic millimetre

mm3

10‑9 m3

4.14

 

hectolitre

hL or hl

10‑1 m3

4.15

 

millilitre

mL or ml

10‑6 m3

4.16

density

kilogram per cubic metre

kg/m3

base unit

4.17

velocity and speed

metre per second

m/s

base unit

4.18

acceleration

metre per second squared

m/s2

base unit

4.19

luminance

candela per square metre

cd/m2

base unit

4.20

absorbed dose, absorbed dose index, kerma, specific energy imparted

rad

rad

10‑2 Gy

4.21

activity of a radionuclide

curie

Ci

3.7 ´ 1010 Bq

4.22

dose equivalent

rem

rem

10‑2 Sv

4.23

exposure

roentgen

R

0.258 ´ 10‑3 C/kg

4.24

frequency

revolutions per minute

r/min

60 Hz

4.25

 

revolutions per second

r/s

1 Hz

4.26

apparent power

volt ampere

VA

VrmsArms

4.27

reactive power

volt ampere reactive

var

VrmsArmssinf where f radians is the phase angle between the electro‑motive force (emf) and the current

4.28

apparent energy

volt ampere hour

Vah

VrmsArms h

4.29

reactive energy

volt ampere hour reactive

varh

VrmsArms hsinf where f radians is the phase angle between the electro‑motive force (emf) and the current

 

Schedule 2        Additional legal units of measurement

(regulation 6)

Part 1          Additional Australian legal units of measurement

Item

Quantity

Name

Symbol

Definition

1.1

length

inch

in

0.9144/36 m

1.2

length

foot

ft

0.9144/3 m

1.3

mass

troy ounce

oz tr

480 ´ 0.453 592 37/7000 kg

1.4

power

horsepower

hp

745.7 W

1.5

pressure

millibar

mb or mbar

100 Pa

1.6

pressure

millimetre of mercury

mmHg

133.322 19 Pa

1.7

velocity

foot per minute

ft/min

0.3048/60 m/s

1.8

work and energy

kilocalorie

kcal

4.1868 ´ 103 J

1.9

concentration

Degrees Brix

°Bx

concentration in grams of solute per 100g of an aqueous solution of pure sucrose, having the same density as a sugar solution at the same temperature

1.10

concentration

Degrees Z

°Z

concentration equivalent to 0.26g of sucrose per 100g of an aqueous solution of pure sucrose

1.11

concentration

Pol

Pol

concentration in grams of solute per 100g of an aqueous solution of pure sucrose having the same optical rotation as a sugar solution at the same temperature

1.12

mass concentration

 

 

grams of alcohol per 210 litres of exhaled breath

Part 2          Purposes for which additional legal units of measurement may be used

Item

Name

Purpose

2.1

inch

(a)   automotive tyres or rims; or

(b)   equipment used, or intended for use, in the manufacture or repair of automotive tyres or rims; or

(c)   precision pipes, precision tubes, precision fittings or precision screw threads; or

(d)   spare parts for equipment constructed using measurements other than metric measurements; or

(e)   equipment used, or intended for use, in the manufacture of equipment referred to in paragraph (c) or (d); or

(f)   defence equipment; or

(g)   equipment used, or intended for use, in aviation; or

(h)   equipment used, or intended for use, in the computer industry; or

(i)    equipment used, or intended for use, in the electronics industry; or

(j)    components of equipment referred to in subparagraphs (a) to (i) inclusive

2.2

foot

(a)   altitude in aviation; or

(b)   vertical separation in aviation; or

(c)   submarine depth

2.3

troy ounce

the mass of precious metals

2.4

horsepower

engine ratings:

(a)   in the aviation industry; or

(b)   in defence equipment

2.5

millibar

air pressure in the aviation industry

2.6

millimetre of mercury

blood pressure

2.7

foot per minute

vehicular vertical speed

2.8

kilocalorie

food energy values

2.9

Degrees Brix

measurements of sugar concentration

2.10

Degrees Z

measurements of sugar concentration

2.11

Pol

measurements of sugar concentration

2.12

 

measurement of the mass concentration of alcohol in exhaled breath

 

Schedule 3        SI prefixes

  

(regulation 7)

Item

Numerical Value

Name

Symbol

1

1024

yotta

Y

2

1021

zetta

Z

3

1018

exa

E

4

1015

peta

P

5

1012

tera

T

6

109

giga

G

7

106

mega

M

8

103

kilo

k

9

102

hecto

h

10

101

deka

da

11

10–1

deci

d

12

10–2

centi

c

13

10–3

milli

m

14

10–6

micro

µ

15

10–9

nano

n

16

10–12

pico

p

17

10–15

femto

f

18

10–18

atto

a

19

10–21

zepto

z

20

10–24

yocto

y

 

Schedule 4        Maximum permissible uncertainty — length (State primary and secondary standards)

(paragraphs 18 (5) (a) and 25 (a))

 

Column 1

Column 2

Column 3

 

Denomination

Maximum permissible uncertainty (at 95% level of confidence): State primary standard

Maximum permissible uncertainty (at 95% level of confidence): State secondary standard

Part 1     Flexible standards

£ 10 m

0.08 mm

0.15 mm

> 10 m

0.001%

0.002%

Part 2     Rigid standards

£ 1 m

0.008 mm

0.015 mm

Schedule 5            Maximum permissible uncertainty — mass (State primary, secondary and tertiary standards)

(paragraphs 18 (5) (b) and (c), 25 (b) and 26 (a) and subparagraphs 25 (d) (i) and 26 (c) (i))

 

Column 1

Denomination

Column 2

Maximum permissible uncertainty (at 95% level of confidence): State primary standard (in mg)

Column 3

Maximum permissible uncertainty (at 95% level of confidence): State secondary standard (in mg)

Column 4

Maximum permissible uncertainty (at 95% level of confidence): State tertiary standard (in mg)

50 kg

 

84.000

267.00

25 kg

 

42.000

127.00

20 kg

10.000

33.000

100.00

10 kg

5.000

17.000

53.00

5 kg

3.000

8.000

27.00

2 kg

1.000

3.000

10.00

1 kg

0.500

2.000

6.00

500 g

0.300

0.800

2.70

200 g

0.100

0.300

1.00

100 g

0.050

0.200

0.60

50 g

0.030

0.100

0.40

20 g

0.030

0.080

0.30

10 g

0.020

0.070

0.20

5 g

0.020

0.050

0.17

2 g

0.010

0.040

0.14

1 g

0.010

0.030

0.10

500 mg

0.008

0.030

0.09

200 mg

0.007

0.020

0.07

100 mg

0.005

0.020

0.06

50 mg

0.004

0.010

0.04

20 mg

0.003

0.010

0.04

10 mg

0.003

0.008

0.03

5 mg

0.002

0.007

0.02

2 mg

0.002

0.007

0.02

1 mg

0.002

0.007

0.02

Note   The maximum permissible uncertainties in this table are based on OIML R 111.

Schedule 6        Maximum permissible uncertainty — volume (State secondary and tertiary standards)

(paragraph 25 (c), subparagraph 25 (d) (ii),
paragraph 26 (b) and subparagraph 26 (c) (ii))

Column 1

Denomination

Column 2

Maximum permissible uncertainty (at 95% level of confidence): State secondary standard (in mL)

Column 3

Maximum permissible uncertainty (at 95% level of confidence): State tertiary standard (in mL)

10 000 L

750.000

1 500.000

5 000 L

400.000

750.000

2 000 L

150.000

300.000

1 000 L

75.000

150.000

500 L

40.000

75.000

200 L

15.000

30.000

100 L

8.000

15.000

50 L

4.000

7.000

20 L

1.500

4.000

15 L

1.100

3.000

10 L

0.800

2.000

5 L

0.400

2.000

2 L

0.200

1.000

1 L

0.100

0.500

500 mL

0.040

0.300

250 mL

0.020

0.200

200 mL

0.020

0.170

100 mL

0.010

0.110

50 mL

0.004

0.070

25 mL

0.004

0.050

20 mL

0.004

0.040

10 mL

0.004

0.020

5 mL

0.004

0.020

2 mL

0.004

0.010

1 mL

0.002

0.003

0.5 mL

0.001

0.002

0.2 mL

0.001

0.002

0.1 mL

0.001

0.002

Schedule 7            Maximum permissible uncertainty and maximum permissible variation — length (Inspectors’ Class 1 and Class 2 standards)

(paragraphs 27 (a), 28 (a), 32 (a) and 33 (a))

Column 1

Denomination

Column 2

Maximum permissible uncertainty (at 95% level of confidence): Inspectors’ Class 1 standard

Column 3

Maximum permissible variation: Inspectors’ Class 1 standard

Column 4

Maximum permissible uncertainty (at 95% level of confidence): Inspectors’ Class 2 standard

Column 5

Maximum permissible variation: Inspectors’ Class 2
standard

Part 1     Flexible standards

£ 10 m

0.4 mm

1.5 mm

1.1 mm

5.0 mm

> 10 m

0.004%

0.015%

0.011%

0.05%

Part 2     Rigid standards

£ 500 mm

0.04 mm

0.15 mm

 

 

> 500 mm but £ 1 m

0.04 mm

0.20 mm

 

 

> 1 m but £ 2 m

0.05 mm

0.20 mm

 

 

Schedule 8            Maximum permissible uncertainty and maximum permissible variation — area (Inspectors’ Class 1 standards)

(paragraph 27 (b), subparagraph 27 (e) (i) and
regulation 32)

Column 1

Denomination not exceeding (in dm2)

Column 2

Maximum permissible uncertainty (at 95% level of confidence)
(in dm2)

Column 3

Maximum permissible variation
(in dm2)

£35

0.05

0.18

40

0.05

0.20

50

0.06

0.25

60

0.08

0.30

70

0.09

0.35

80

0.10

0.40

90

0.11

0.45

100

0.13

0.50

150

0.15

0.75

Schedule 9            Maximum permissible uncertainty and maximum permissible variation — mass (Inspectors’ Class 1, Class 2 and Class 3 standards)

(paragraph 27 (c), subparagraph 27 (e) (ii),
paragraphs 28 (b) and (c) and regulations 29, 32, 33
and 34)

 

Column 1

Denomina-
tion

Column 2

Maximum permissible uncertainty (at 95% level of confidence): Inspectors’ Class 1 standard (in mg)

Column 3

Maximum permissible variation: Inspectors’ Class 1 standard (in mg)

Column 4

Maximum permissible uncertainty (at 95% level of confidence): Inspectors’ Class 2 standard (in mg)

Column 5

Maximum permissible variation: Inspectors’ Class 2 standard (in mg)

Column 6

Maximum permissible uncertainty (at 95% level of confidence): Inspectors’ Class 3 standard (in mg)

Column 7

Maximum permissible variation: Inspectors’ Class 3 standard (in mg)

10 000 kg

 

 

 

 

533 333

1 066 667

5 000 kg

 

 

 

 

266 667

533 333

2 000 kg

 

 

 

 

100 000

200 000

1 000 kg

 

 

 

 

53 333

106 667

500 kg

 

 

 

 

26 667

53 333

200 kg

 

 

 

 

10 000

20 000

100 kg

 

 

 

 

5 333

10 667

50 kg

267.000

533.000

833.000

1 667.00

2 667

5 333

25 kg

127.000

253.000

417.000

833.00

1 267

2 533

20 kg

100.000

200.000

333.000

667.00

1 000

2 000

10 kg

53.000

107.000

167.000

333.00

533

1 067

5 kg

27.000

53.000

83.000

167.00

267

533

2 kg

10.000

20.000

33.000

67.00

100

200

1 kg

6.000

11.000

17.000

33.00

53

107

500 g

2.700

5.300

8.500

16.70

27

53

200 g

1.000

2.000

3.500

6.70

10

20

100 g

0.600

1.070

1.700

3.30

5

11

50 g

0.400

0.670

1.000

2.00

 

 

20 g

0.300

0.530

0.800

1.70

 

 

10 g

0.200

0.400

0.700

1.30

 

 

5 g

0.170

0.330

0.550

1.10

 

 

2 g

0.140

0.270

0.400

0.80

 

 

1 g

0.100

0.200

0.350

0.67

 

 

500 mg

0.085

0.170

0.270

0.53

 

 

200 mg

0.070

0.130

0.200

0.40

 

 

100 mg

0.055

0.110

0.170

0.33

 

 

50 mg

0.040

0.080

0.130

0.27

 

 

20 mg

0.035

0.070

0.100

0.20

 

 

10 mg

0.030

0.050

0.080

0.17

 

 

5 mg

0.020

0.040

0.070

0.13

 

 

2 mg

0.020

0.040

0.070

0.13

 

 

1 mg

0.020

0.040

0.070

0.13

 

 

Note   The maximum permissible uncertainties in this table are based on OIML R 111.

Schedule 10      Maximum permissible uncertainty and maximum permissible variation — volume (Inspectors’ Class 1 standards)

(paragraph 27 (d), subparagraph 27 (e) (iii) and
regulation 32)

Column 1

Denomination

Column 2

Maximum permissible uncertainty (at 95% level of confidence) (in mL)

Column 3

Maximum permissible variation (in mL)

10 000 L

1 500.000

6 000.00

5 000 L

750.000

3 000.00

2 000 L

300.000

1 200.00

1 000 L

150.000

600.00

500 L

75.000

300.00

200 L

30.000

120.00

100 L

15.000

60.00

50 L

7.000

27.00

20 L

4.000

15.00

15 L

3.000

12.00

10 L

2.000

9.00

5 L

2.000

6.00

2 L

1.000

3.00

1 L

0.500

2.00

500 mL

0.300

1.20

250 mL

0.200

0.80

200 mL

0.170

0.70

100 mL

0.110

0.40

50 mL

0.070

0.27

25 mL

0.050

0.17

20 mL

0.040

0.15

10 mL

0.020

0.09

5 mL

0.020

0.06

2 mL

0.010

0.03

1 mL

0.003

0.02

0.5 mL

0.002

0.01

0.2 mL

0.002

0.01

0.1 mL

0.002

0.01

Schedule 11      Conversion factors

(regulation 88)

  

Column 1

Item

Column 2

Unit of measurement

Column 3

Unit of measurement

Column 4

Conversion Factor

Length

1

mile

metre

1 609.344

2

chain

metre

22 ´ 0.914 4

3

yard

metre

0.914 4

4

link

metre

22 ´ 0.914 4/100

5

foot

metre

0.914 4/3

6

inch

metre

0.914 4/36

Area

7

square yard

square metre

(0.914 4)2

8

square foot

square metre

(0.914 4)2/9

9

square inch

square metre

(0.914 4)2/(9 ´ 144)

10

acre

square metre

4 840 ´ (0.914 4)2

11

rood

square metre

1 210 ´ (0.914 4)2

12

perch

square metre

30.25 ´ (0.914 4)2

Mass

13

ton

kilogram

2 240 ´ 0.453 592 37

14

short ton (sh tn)

kilogram

2 000 ´ 0.453 592 37

15

hundredweight (cwt)

kilogram

112 ´ 0.453 592 37

16

quarter (qr)

kilogram

28 ´ 0.453 592 37

17

stone

kilogram

14 ´ 0.453 592 37

18

pound (lb)

kilogram

0.453 592 37

19

ounce (oz)

kilogram

0.453 592 37/16

20

dram (dr)

kilogram

0.453 592 37/256

21

grain (gr)

kilogram

0.453 592 37/7 000

22

slug

kilogram

32.174 ´ 0.453 592 37

23

troy ounce (oz tr)

kilogram

480 ´
0.453 592 37/7 000

24

pennyweight (dwt)

kilogram

24 ´ 0.453 592 37/7 000

Volume

25

cubic yard
(cu yd or yd
3)

cubic metre

(0.914 4)3

26

cubic foot
(cu ft or ft
3)

cubic metre

(0.914 4)3/27

27

cubic inch
(cu in or in
3)

cubic metre

(0.914 4)3/466 56

28

gallon (gal)

cubic metre

4.546 09 ´ 10–3

29

quart (qt)

cubic metre

4.546 09 ´ 10–3/4

30

pint (pt)

cubic metre

4.546 09 ´ 10–3/8

31

gill

cubic metre

4.546 09 ´ 10–3/32

32

fluid ounce (fl oz)

cubic metre

4.546 09 ´ 10–3/160

33

fluid drachm (fl dr)

cubic metre

4.546 09 ´ 10–3/1 280

34

minim (min)

cubic metre

4.546 09 ´ 10–3/76 800

Velocity and speed

35

mile per hour (mile/h or mph)

metre per second

1 609.344/3 600

36

mile per hour (mile/h or mph)

kilometre per hour

1.609 344

37

foot per minute (ft/min)

metre per second

0.304 8/60

Work and energy

38

kilocalorie (kcal)

joule

4.186 8 ´ 103

39

calorie (cal)

joule

4.186 8

40

British thermal unit (Btu)

joule

1 055. 056

Power

41

horsepower (hp)

watt

745.7

Pressure

42

millimetre of mercury (mm Hg)

pascal

133.322 19

43

millibar
(mb or mbar)

pascal

100

 

Schedule 12      Maximum permissible error — legal measuring instruments

(regulation 3, definition of maximum permissible error)

  

                When comparing the error of an evidential breath analyser with the corresponding maximum permissible error, the maximum permissible error must be rounded to the value of the verification scale interval. The error of a reading indicated by an evidential breath analyser may be greater than the maximum permissible error by one least significant digit.

Table 1     Evidential breath analysers

Item

Mass concentration

Maximum permissible error for certification

Maximum permissible error for recertification

1

Not more than 0.08 g/210 litres

±0.004 g/210 litres

±0.006 g/210 litres

2

More than 0.08 g/210 litres but not more than 0.4 g/210 litres inclusive

±5% of measured concentration

±8% of measured concentration

3

More than 0.4 g/210 litres

±20% of measured concentration

±30% of measured concentration

 

Schedule 13      Fees

(regulation 90B)

Part 1A       Fee levels

1A.1        Level 1, 2 and 3 fees

                The following table sets out the kinds of instruments and activities in relation to which level 1, 2 and 3 fees are prescribed in Parts 1 to 3.

Item

Instrument or activity

Level 1 fees

1

Volume measuring instruments of the following kinds:

   (a)  simple mechanical liquor measures or dispensers;

  (b)  simple mechanical indicators or counters for flow;

   (c)  fuel dispenser consoles (excluding computer‑based systems);

  (d)  pulse counters and pulse generators

2

Weighing and dimensional measuring instruments of the following kinds:

   (a)  class 3 and 4 weighing instruments with a capacity of up to 100 kg;

  (b)  simple instruments for weighing or dimensional measurement

3

Examination and certification, under mutual recognition agreements, of patterns of measuring instruments of the following kinds:

   (a)  simple instruments with one or 2 variants;

  (b)  load cells with one or 2 variants

Level 2 fees

4

Volume measuring instruments of the following kinds:

   (a)  simple electronic and multi-liquor measuring systems;

  (b)  single product fuel dispensers (except for use with gaseous products);

   (c)  tank level gauges (excluding volume conversion and correction devices);

 

  (d)  electronic flowmeter indicators or calculators;

   (e)  computer‑operated consoles for fuel dispensers;

   (f)  mass flowmetering systems (excluding liquefied petroleum gas)

5

Weighing and dimensional measuring instruments of the following kinds:

   (a)  class 2 non-automatic weighing instruments;

  (b)  class 3 and 4 non-automatic weighing instruments with a capacity of more than 100 kg and less than 600 kg;

   (c)  baseworks for non-automatic weighing instruments with a capacity of 600 kg and above;

  (d)  loadcells;

 

   (e)  simple indicators with no linearisation;

   (f)  overhead-track weighing instruments;

   (g)  semi-automatic multi-dimensional measuring instruments;

  (h)  static wheel weighers;

   (i)  length measuring instruments;

   (j)  area measuring instruments

6

Examination and certification, under mutual recognition agreements, of patterns of measuring instruments of the following kinds:

   (a)  simple instruments with 3 or 4 variants;

  (b)  load cells with 3 or 4 variants;

   (c)  instruments with integral printers;

  (d)  fuel dispensers

Level 3 fees

7

Volume measuring instruments of the following kinds:

   (a)  milk metering systems;

  (b)  other flowmetering systems;

   (c)  controllers and calculator-indicators with conversion, linearisation or correction functions for flow;

  (d)  multi-product dispensers;

   (e)  single product dispensers for use with gaseous products

8

Weighing and dimensional measuring instruments of the following kinds:

   (a)  belt weighers;

  (b)  weighing-in-motion systems for trains and road vehicles;

   (c)  catchweighers;

 

  (d)  totalising hopper weighers;

   (e)  class one weighing instruments;

   (f)  controllers and indicators with conversion or linearisation functions for weighing;

   (g)  automatic multi-dimensional measuring instruments

9

Examination and certification, under mutual recognition agreements, of patterns of measuring instruments of the following kinds:

   (a)  simple instruments with 5 variants or more;

  (b)  automatic instruments

10

Examination and certification of patterns of measuring instruments other than those covered in items 7 to 9

Part 1          Examination and certification of volume measuring instruments

Item

Activity code

Activity

Level 1 fee

Level 2 fee

Level 3 fee

1

AP

Application processing

$310

$310

$310

2

AA

Application assessment

$211/hour

$211/hour

$211/hour

3

IP

Instrument performance

$211/hour

$211/hour

$211/hour

4

TT

Temperature test

$1 260

$2 010

$2 190

5

HU

Humidity test

$1 450

$1 600

$1 700

6

VT

Voltage test

$630

$860

$950

7

LB

Line‑borne interference test

$1 550

$1 560

$1 570

8

SD

Static discharge test

$1 000

$1 840

$2 030

9

EMS

Electromagnetic susceptibility test

$3 400

$3 710

$4 020

10

ESS

Endurance

$600

$1 220

$1 500

11

EXT

Extra or miscellaneous test

$195

$580

$820

12

CHK

Checklist

$211/hour

$211/hour

$211/hour

13

SR

Summary report

$211/hour

$211/hour

$211/hour

14

CP

Certificate preparation

$211/hour

$211/hour

$211/hour

15

HRS

Consultations, performance and other tests

$211/hour

$211/hour

$211/hour

Part 2          Examination and certification of weighing and dimensional measuring instruments

Item

Activity code

Activity

Level 1 fee

Level 2 fee

Level 3 fee

1

AP

Application processing

$310

$310

$310

2

AA

Application assessment

$211/hour

$211/hour

$211/hour

3

IP

Instrument performance

$211/hour

$211/hour

$211/hour

4

TT

Temperature test

$1 860

$2 420

$2 520

5

HU

Humidity test

$1 010

$1 260

$1 610

6

VT

Voltage test

$770

$880

$950

7

LB

Line‑borne interference test

$710

$830

$1 020

8

SD

Static discharge test

$750

$830

$910

9

EMS

Electromagnetic susceptibility test

$3 420

$3 980

$4 480

10

EMHF

Electromagnetic Susceptibility Test High Frequency

$1 690

$2 100

$2 530

11

ESS

Endurance

$800

$1 010

$1 250

12

EXT

Extra or miscellaneous test

$280

$600

$740

13

CHK

Checklist

$211/hour

$211/hour

$211/hour

14

SR

Summary report

$211/hour

$211/hour

$211/hour

15

CP

Certificate preparation

$211/hour

$211/hour

$211/hour

16

HRS

Consultations, performance and other tests

$211/hour

$211/hour

$211/hour

Part 3          Examination and certification of patterns of measuring instruments (including under mutual recognition agreements)

Item

Activity code

Activity

Level 1 fee

Level 2 fee

Level 3 fee

1

AP

Application processing

$310

$310

$310

2

AA

Application assessment

$211/hour

$211/hour

$211/hour

3

SR

Summary report

$211/hour

$211/hour

$211/hour

4

EXT

Extra or miscellaneous test

$465

$564

$740

5

CP

Certificate preparation

$211/hour

$211/hour

$211/hour

6

HRS

Consultations, performance and other tests

$211/hour

$211/hour

$211/hour

Part 3A       Examination and certification of point of sale systems

Item

Activity code

Activity

Fee

1

AP

Application processing

$310

2

AA

Application assessment

$211/hour

Part 4          Examination and certification of evidential breath analysers

Item

Activity code

Activity

Fee

1

AP

Application processing

$310

2

AA

Application assessment

$211/hour

3

IP

Instrument performance

$211/hour

4

TT

Temperature test

$505

5

HU

Humidity test

$505

6

VT

Voltage test

$1 050

7

LB

Line‑borne interference test

$2 410

8

SD

Static discharge test

$2 080

9

EMS

Electromagnetic susceptibility test

$22 500

10

MS

Mechanical shock

3rd party provider cost + $211/hour

11

ME

Magnetic effect

3rd party provider cost + $211/hour

12

HC

Hydrocarbons

3rd party provider cost + $211/hour

13

SF

Supply frequency

3rd party provider cost + $211/hour

14

HTS

High temperature storage

$310

15

DHC

Damp heat cyclic

$310

16

DCP

DC power supply

3rd party provider cost + $211/hour

17

DCR

Ripple on DC

3rd party provider cost + $211/ hour

18

VIB

Vibration

3rd party provider cost + $211/hour

19

DB

Durability

3rd party provider cost + $211/hour

20

EXT

Extra or miscellaneous test

$740

21

CHK

Checklist

$211/hour

22

SR

Summary report

$211/hour

23

CP

Certificate preparation

$211/hour

24

HRS

Consultations, performance and other tests

$211/hour

Part 5          Examination and certification of grain protein measuring instruments

Item

Activity code

Activity

Fee

1

AP

Application processing

$310

2

AA

Application assessment

$211/hour

3

IP

Instrument performance

$211/hour

4

TT

Temperature test

$4 340

5

HU

Humidity test

$1 470

6

VT

Voltage test

$800

7

LB

Line‑borne interference test

$750

8

SD

Static discharge test

$760

9

EMS

Electromagnetic susceptibility test

$3 550

10

EXT

Extra or miscellaneous test

$740

11

CHK

Checklist

$211/hour

12

SR

Summary report

$211/hour

13

CP

Certificate preparation

$211/hour

14

HRS

Consultations, performance and other tests

$211/hour

Part 6          Examination and certification of utility meters

Item

Activity code

Activity

Fee

1

AP

Application processing

$310

2

AA

Application assessment

$211/hour

3

SR

Summary report

$211/hour

4

CP

Certificate preparation

$211/hour

5

HRS

Consultations, performance and other tests

$211/hour

Part 7          Verification of utility meters used for trade

Item

Activity code

Activity

Fee

1

VUM

Verification of utility meters

$1 000

Part 8          Additional fees for use of equipment in examination of instruments

Item

Activity code

Equipment used

Fee

1

LARLOA

Large load cell facility (capacity 600 kg to 50 000 kg)

$110/hour

2

SMALOA

Small load cell facility (capacity 50 kg to 500 kg)

$85/hour

3

LIQHYD

Liquid hydrocarbons test facility

$195/hour

4

LPG

Liquified petroleum gas test facility

$195/hour

5

CNG

Compressed natural gas test facility

$195/hour

6

TEMP

Temperature controlled chamber

$90/hour

7

HUM

Humidity test chamber

$105/hour

8

REL

Reliability testing equipment

$85/hour

9

LINBOR

Line‑borne interference test equipment

$90/hour

10

EMS

Electromagnetic susceptibility testing chamber

$250/hour

11

ESD

Electrostatic discharge test equipment

$90/hour

12

HRS

Labour for operation of test facilities

$211/hour

 


Notes to the National Measurement Regulations 1999

Note 1

The National Measurement Regulations 1999 (in force under the National Measurement Act 1960) as shown in this compilation comprise Statutory Rules 1999 No. 110 amended as indicated in the Tables below.

The National Measurement Regulations 1999 were amended by the National Measurement Amendment Act 2004 (Act No. 27, 2004).  The amendment has been incorporated in this compilation.

For all relevant information pertaining to application, saving or transitional provisions see Table A.

Table of Instruments

Year and
number

Date of notification
in Gazette or FRLI registration

Date of
commencement

Application, saving or
transitional provisions

1999 No. 110

17 June 1999

1 Oct 1999

 

1999 No. 185

1 Sept 1999

1 Sept 1999

2004 No. 132

18 June 2004

Rr. 1–3 and Schedule 1: 1 July 2004
Remainder: 1 July 2005

2007 No. 147

14 June 2007 (see F2007L01672)

1 July 2007

2008 No. 121

23 June 2008 (see F2008L02135)

1 July 2008

2009 No. 151

25 June 2009 (see F2009L02528)

1 July 2009

2010 No. 179

30 June 2010 (see F2010L01787)

Rr. 1–3, 5 and Schedule 1: 1 July 2010
R. 4 and Schedule 2:
16 Dec 2010 (see r. 2 (b))

R. 5

2011 No. 125

30 June 2011 (see F2011L01377)

1 July 2011

2012 No. 84

29 May 2012 (see F2012L01104)

1 July 2012

Table of Amendments

ad. = added or inserted      am. = amended      rep. = repealed      rs. = repealed and substituted

Provision affected

How affected

Part 1

 

R. 2.........................................

rs. Act No. 27, 2004

R. 3.........................................

am. 2004 No. 132; 2007 No. 147; 2009 No. 151; 2010
No. 179; 2011 No. 125

Note to r. 3.............................

am. 2004 No. 132

Part 2

 

Note to r. 5.............................

rs. 2004 No. 132

Note to r. 7.............................

rs. 2004 No. 132

Part 3

 

Division 1

 

R. 9.........................................

am. 2004 No. 132

Division 2

 

R. 12.......................................

am. 2004 No. 132

R. 13.......................................

am. 2009 No. 151; 2010 No. 179

Heading to r. 14...................

rs. 2010 No. 179

Division 3

 

R. 16.......................................

am. 2004 No. 132; 2009 No. 151

R. 17.......................................

am. 2004 No. 132

R. 18.......................................

am. 2004 No. 132

R. 19.......................................

am. 2004 No. 132

Note to r. 19..........................

am. 2007 No. 147

R. 20.......................................

am. 2004 No. 132

R. 21.......................................

rs. 2004 No. 132

Division 4

 

R. 23.......................................

am. 2004 No. 132

Division 5

 

R. 24.......................................

rep. 2004 No. 132

Heading to r. 25...................

rs. 2004 No. 132

R. 25.......................................

am. 2004 No. 132

Heading to r. 26...................

rs. 2004 No. 132

R. 26.......................................

am. 2004 No. 132

Heading to r. 27...................

rs. 2004 No. 132

R. 27.......................................

am. 2004 No. 132

Heading to r. 28...................

rs. 2004 No. 132

R. 28.......................................

am. 2004 No. 132

Heading to r. 29...................

rs. 2004 No. 132

R. 29.......................................

am. 2004 No. 132

Heading to r. 30...................

am. 2004 No. 132

R. 30.......................................

am. 2004 No. 132

Note to r. 30..........................

am. 2004 No. 132

Heading to r. 31...................

am. 2004 No. 132

R. 31.......................................

am. 2004 No. 132

Heading to r. 32...................

am. 2004 No. 132

R. 32.......................................

am. 2004 No. 132

Heading to r. 33...................

am. 2004 No. 132

R. 33.......................................

am. 2004 No. 132

Heading to r. 34...................

am. 2004 No. 132

R 34........................................

am. 2004 No. 132

Part 3A

 

Part 3A...................................

ad. 2010 No. 179

Division 1

 

R. 34A....................................

ad. 2010 No. 179

Division 2

 

R. 34B....................................

ad. 2010 No. 179

R. 34C....................................

ad. 2010 No. 179

R. 34D....................................

ad. 2010 No. 179

R. 34E....................................

ad. 2010 No. 179

Part 4

 

Division 2

 

R. 36.......................................

am. 2004 No. 132

Heading to r. 38...................

rs. 2010 No. 179

R. 39.......................................

am. 2004 No. 132

R. 40.......................................

rs. 2004 No. 132

Division 3

 

R. 42.......................................

am. 2009 No. 151

Part 5

 

Division 2

 

R. 46.......................................

am. 2004 No. 132

R. 47.......................................

am. 2010 No. 179

R. 48.......................................

am. 2010 No. 179

Heading to r. 50...................

rs. 2010 No. 179

R. 51.......................................

am. 2004 No. 132; 2010 No. 179

Heading to r. 52...................

am. 2004 No. 132

R. 52.......................................

am. 2004 No. 132

R. 53.......................................

rs. 2004 No. 132

 

am. 2010 No. 179

Division 3

 

R. 55.......................................

am. 2004 No. 132; 2007 No. 147; 2009 No. 151

R. 57.......................................

am. 2007 No. 147; 2009 No. 151

R. 58.......................................

am. 2004 No. 132

Part 6

 

Division 1

 

R. 60.......................................

am. 2004 No. 132

Note to r. 60..........................

ad. 2009 No. 151

R. 61.......................................

am. 2004 No. 132

Division 2

 

Heading to r. 62...................

rs. 2010 No. 179

R. 64.......................................

am. 2004 No. 132

R. 65.......................................

am. 2004 No. 132

Division 3

 

R. 68.......................................

rs. 2004 No. 132

Part 7

 

Division 1

 

R. 71.......................................

am. 2004 No. 132

Division 2

 

R. 72.......................................

am. 2004 No. 132

R. 73.......................................

am. 2004 No. 132; 2010 No. 179

R. 74.......................................

am. 2010 No. 179

R. 76.......................................

am. 2004 No. 132

R. 77.......................................

am. 2004 No. 132; 2007 No. 147; 2009 No. 151

R. 78.......................................

am. 2004 No. 132

R. 79.......................................

am. 2004 No. 132

Part 8

 

Division 1

 

R. 80.......................................

am. 2004 No. 132

Division 2

 

R. 82.......................................

am. 2004 No. 132

R. 83.......................................

am. 2004 No. 132

Part 9

 

R. 84.......................................

am. 2004 No. 132

R. 85.......................................

am. 2010 No. 179

Part 10

 

R. 87.......................................

rs. 2004 No. 132

 

am. 2007 No. 147; 2009 No. 151; 2010 No. 179

 

rep. 2011 No. 125

R. 88A....................................

ad. 1999 No. 185

 

rep. 2004 No. 132

R. 89.......................................

rep. 2010 No. 179

R. 90A....................................

ad. 2004 No. 132

 

rep. 2010 No. 179

R. 90AA..................................

ad. 2009 No. 151

R. 90AB..................................

ad. 2009 No. 151

R. 90B....................................

ad. 2004 No. 132

 

rs. 2007 No. 147

 

am. 2011 No. 125

 

rs. 2012 No. 84

Part 12

 

Heading to r. 93...................

rs. 2004 No. 132

R. 93.......................................

am. 2004 No. 132

R. 94.......................................

ad. 2004 No. 132

Schedule 1

 

Schedule 1............................

am. 1999 No. 185; 2004 No. 132

Schedule 2

 

Schedule 2............................

am. 2007 No. 147; 2009 No. 151

Schedule 4

 

Schedule 4............................

rs. 2004 No. 132

 

am. 2007 No. 147

Schedule 5

 

Schedule 5............................

rs. 2004 No. 132

 

am. 2007 No. 147

Schedule 6

 

Schedule 6............................

rs. 2004 No. 132

 

am. 2007 No. 174

Schedule 7

 

Schedule 7............................

rs. 2004 No. 132

 

am. 2007 No. 147

Schedule 8

 

Schedule 8............................

rs. 2004 No. 132

 

am. 2007 No. 147

Schedule 9

 

Schedule 9............................

rs. 2004 No. 132

 

am. 2007 No. 147

Schedule 10

 

Schedule 10.........................

rs. 2004 No. 132

 

am. 2007 No. 147

Schedule 12

 

Schedule 12.........................

am. 2004 No. 132

 

rs. 2007 No. 147

 

am. 2009 No. 151

 

rs. 2010 No. 179

Schedule 13

 

Schedule 13.........................

ad. 2004 No. 132

 

rs. 2007 No. 147; 2008 No. 121

 

am. 2009 No. 151

 

rs. 2010 No. 179

 

am. 2011 No. 125

 

rs. 2012 No. 84

Table A                  Application, saving or transitional provisions

Selective Legislative Instrument 2010 No. 179

5              Transitional

                Despite the repeal by these Regulations of paragraph (b) of the definition of certification in regulation 3 of the National Measurement Regulations 1999, that paragraph continues to have effect in relation to an application for certification of a measuring instrument in use for trade made before the commencement of these Regulations.