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Regulatory requirements

Public weighbridge licensee's obligations to their operators

Public weighbridge licensees have obligations to their employees and contractors who conduct public weighings as part of their duties (weighbridge operators).

A public weighbridge licensee is obligated to:

  • ensure their operators are competent to conduct public weighings (section 18PH of the National Measurement Act 1960); and
  • inform the National Measurement Institute (NMI) of operator and contractor details when they start and cease employment (regulation 3.37 of the National Trade Measurement Regulations 2009).

Training and competency of operators

NMI has developed a nationally recognised training framework for operators aimed at demonstrating competence.

Operators are expected to complete a weighbridge operators recognition kit to demonstrate their competence. NMI is registered by the Australian Skills Quality Authority under the Australian Quality Training Framework so candidates who meet all the requirements of the assessment are awarded a nationally recognised statement of attainment.

Inform NMI of changes to the status of operators

Licensees must send NMI a completedForm C Public Weighbridge Application Form Operator Registration & Deregistration within 14 days of:

  • an employee (new or current) becoming an operator (provide their name and residential address)
  • an operator ceasing to be employed (provide the last day the operator was employed to operate the public weighbridge)
  • a person being contracted as an operator (provide their name and residential address)
  • a person ceasing to be contracted as an operator (provide the last day the person was contracted as an operator).

For more information please contact tmlicensees@measurement.gov.auor 1300 686 664 (option 2).

Public weighbridge statements of attainment and training

It is the responsibility of a public weighbridge licensee to ensure that all of their operators are competent to conduct public weighings under section 18PH of the National Measurement Act 1960.

A licensee with more than one public weighbridge operator may choose not to have all operators hold a Statement of Attainment, however, it is required that a minimum of one operator must hold a Statement of Attainment. This means the licensee must provide in-house competency training and assessment for any operators who do not hold a Statement of Attainment.

Regulation 3.25(1) of the National Trade Measurement Regulations 2009 (the ‘Regulations’) provides that when a public weighbridge licensee chooses to employ a person to operate a public weighbridge, the licensee must take all reasonable steps to ensure the operator receives sufficient training to enable the operator to:

  • take the appropriate degree of care in determining a measurement using the weighbridge; and
  • competently determine a measurement using the weighbridge.

If a licensee decides that an operator under a licence does not need to hold a Statement of Attainment, the licensee takes responsibility for ensuring the in-house training and assessment program complies with the requirements of the Regulations.

What is sufficient training?

To comply with Regulation 3.25(1), training must be sufficient for the operator to be able to:

  • comply with all legislative requirements relating to public weighbridge operation;
  • undertake an accurate measurement of the vehicles or goods being weighed; and
  • issue measurement tickets correctly.

The licensee also needs to be able to provide an NMI Inspector with evidence that the operator’s competency has been assessed.

What documentation is required to demonstrate 'sufficient training'?

When an NMI Inspector audits a public weighbridge, the Inspector may request access to documents that demonstrate ‘reasonable steps’ have been taken to ensure each operator has been given ‘sufficient training’. Documentary evidence is required for training provided ‘in-house’ or by NMI (in which case the NMI certificate of attendance will be sufficient).

If a public weighbridge licensee provides in-house competency training and assessment for an operator, the following documentation shall be available to the Inspector:

  • A copy of the training program in which the operator participated.
  • Information relevant to the training including the date and location of the training.
  • A copy of the competency assessment undertaken to determine whether or not the operator, after having completed the training, is able to:
    1. take the appropriate degree of care in determining a measurement using the weighbridge; and
    2. to competently determine a measurement using the weighbridge.
  • The competency assessment shall include copies of the written materials produced by the operator during the assessment such as examples of measurement tickets.
  • A copy of the notification to the operator of the outcome of the assessment.

The training program must be consistent with the performance criteria outlined in the unit of competencyPSPTRAN405A Operate Weighbridges.

TheWeighbridge Operators Manual provides guidance on how to operate weighbridges for trade (including public weighbridges) in compliance with the National Measurement Act 1960 and the Regulations. The manual can be used as a training resource but is not an actual training course.

NMI Training and assessment

The competency training and assessment requirements of the Regulations are satisfied for an individual operator when that operator holds a Statement of Attainment to operate a weighbridge.

More information about weighbridge operator competency training and assessment, including e-learning, is available on the NMI website.

NMI Training and Technology Transfer can assist licensees in the development of internal training programs. If you require this assistance please contact their team on (02) 9413 7000 or email training@measurement.gov.au.

Does the operator holding a statement of attainment need to be on site?

NMI requires for only one operator to hold a Statement of Attainment in order to give businesses some flexibility in accommodating their own needs. However, the Regulations set out clear requirements for public weighings including the competency of all operators.

Provided these requirements are met, an operator holding a Statement of Attainment does not need to be present on site for all weighings. However, NMI’s expectation is that an operator associated with a specific public weighbridge licence, and as the sole operator holding a Statement of Attainment under a public weighbridge licence, needs to have regular involvement and oversight in the operation of the weighbridge. Responsibility for demonstrating a person has regular involvement and oversight in the operation of the weighbridge rests with the public weighbridge licensee.

An operator holding a Statement of Attainment can be associated with more than one public weighbridge licence; for example, in circumstances where there is more than one public weighbridge licence at a particular site or for a business or local government agency with a number of public weighbridges. Training and competency assessment, weighing accuracy and all other regulatory requirements must be complied with for all these operations.