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2015-16 trade measurement compliance report released

NMI's trade measurement inspectors found that 66 per cent of businesses inspected were fully compliant in initial audits in 2015-16, up from 60 per cent in 2014-15 and 59 per cent in 2013-14.

Article date:
9/03/2017 12:00 PM

NMI today released its annual report on trade measurement compliance statistics, covering the 2015-16 financial year.

NMI’s trade measurement inspectors found that 66 per cent of businesses inspected were fully compliant in initial audits in 2015–16, up from 60 per cent in 2014–15 and 59 per cent in 2013–14.

Most cases of non-compliance do not affect the integrity of measurement-based transactions, and most businesses promptly rectify trade measurement infringements once they are made aware of them. In 2015-16, only 15 per cent of businesses were still non-compliant in follow up audits.

Most breaches are minor, but persistent or severe breaches may incur fines and NMI may refer cases to the Commonwealth Director of Public Prosecutions.

In 2015–16, NMI’s trade measurement inspectors:

  • audited just over 10,000 business premises
  • tested over 15,000 measuring instruments
  • inspected almost 1000 weighbridges
  • inspected over 80,000 lines of packaged goods (almost 320,000 individual packages) for correct measure and measurement labelling.

As a result of non-compliance identified during trade measurement inspections, in 2015–16 NMI:

  • issued 2938 non-compliance notices
  • sent 186 warning letters, up 33 per cent from 2014–15
  • issued 87 infringement notices with fines totalling $85,100

NMI also referred seven matters to the Commonwealth Director of Public Prosecutions to consider for prosecution.