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I want to be a public weighbridge licensee

If you are interested in operating a public weighbridge and conducting public weighings you are required to apply for a public weighbridge licence.

Automated public weighbridges

Automated public weighbridge licence applications must comply with the 'Guidelines for Weighbridge Control Systems'.
 
When making an automated public weighbridge application, the applicant must provide a declaration stating that the automated public weighbridge complies with the 'Guidelines for Weighbridge Control Systems'.
 
If an existing public weighbridge is modified to incorporate an automated system, a declaration stating that the automated public weighbridge complies with the 'Guidelines for Weighbridge Control Systems' is required.
 
Declarations can be emailed to the Licensing team at tmlicensees@measurement.gov.au
 

Definition of public weighing

A ‘weighbridge’ is defined in the National Measurement Act 1960 as a ‘measuring instrument of one or more platforms that determines the mass of vehicles or livestock and has a measuring capacity of 3 tonnes or more’.

A weighbridge can be used to determine the mass of a vehicle, including prime mover and connected trailer/s, in a single operation or by the application of end-and-end when allowed under the National Trade Measurement Regulations 2009. A weighbridge may also be used to separately record the weight of axles (or groups of axles) to ensure compliance with local transport regulations.

The operator of a weighbridge is the person using a weighbridge to conduct a measurement. The operator does not have to be the owner of the weighbridge.

A public weighbridge is defined in the National Measurement Act 1960 as a weighbridge that:

  • is open for use by or on behalf of the public; or
  • is available for use for a charge.

A public weighing occurs when a weighbridge is made available for trade use and in either of the two circumstances stated above, without a prior contractual arrangement between the operator of the weighbridge and the person for whom the weighing is being performed.

The operator of the weighbridge will be required to hold a public weighbridge licence to conduct public weighings. Public weighings are required to be recorded on a measurement ticket. Examples of the measurement tickets used for public weighings are available.

A weighing is not considered to be a ‘public weighing’ when the use of the weighbridge:

  • is subject to a prior contractual arrangement between the controller of the weighbridge and person for whom the weighing is being performed, which does not include a fee per use charge; or
  • for the operation of the operator’s business. i.e. to weigh goods in which the operator trades; or
  • to determine the tare mass of a vehicle or trailer for registration purposes.

These types of weighings are not considered to be public weighings, therefore are not required to be carried out under a public weighbridge licence.