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Application Procedure and Fees

  1. Refer to the pattern approval requirements and the pattern approval guidelines and procedures relevant to the instrument to be submitted.
  2. If necessary contact us for advice on technical matters (fees may be charged for this service).
  3. Refer to NMI P 106 to determine what type of certificate you require and for additional information on the application process.
  4. Collate all relevant documentation such as details of the instrument, model numbers, capacities, operator manuals, technical manuals, circuit diagrams, board layout diagrams, parts lists and mechanical overview, e.g. exploded views.
  5. Complete the pattern approval checklist. Your application will still be able to be processed without this checklist, but filling it in may reduce the time (and hence fees) required to carry out the assessment.
  6. If the instrument has pattern approval in another country we can accept certain test results (please note that we do not accept manufacturer's test results) so we also require:
    • Certificate of approval (if applicable)
    • Documentation folder (if applicable)
    • Test certificate (if applicable)
    • Full detailed test report including test results
    • Details of the laboratory where the testing was carried out, if not part of a formal mutual acceptance agreement, including its ISO 17025 certificate of accreditation.

       

      We have signed specific mutual acceptance agreements with:

      • National Weights and Measures Laboratory in the United Kingdom on the mutual acceptance of test reports for load cells, non-automatic weighing instruments and fuel dispensers (excluding liquefied petroleum gas)
      • Netherlands Measurement Institute on the mutual acceptance of test reports for load cells, non-automatic weighing instruments and fuel dispensers (excluding liquefied petroleum gas)
      • New Zealand Ministry of Consumer Affairs on the mutual acceptance of test reports for non-automatic weighing instruments
  7. Complete and submit a pattern approval application form.
  8. New clients, please complete the credit application form.
  9. You will receive an acknowledgement once we receive your application and the application will be queued until ready to be assessed.
  10. An instrument will normally need to be submitted to NMI for assessment although site visits are possible for large instruments.
  11. If your assessment is successful you will receive a certificate of approval which contains a pattern approval number. Your production instruments must be constructed as described in the documentation lodged with NMI and with the relevant certificate of approval and technical schedule, and they must be marked with the pattern approval number and verified prior to use for trade.
  12. Every five years you need to apply for your certificate of approval to be reviewed to ensure compliance with current legislative and technical requirements.

Please contact patternapproval@measurement.gov.au with all your queries.

Fees

NMI's fees are set out in Schedule 13 of the National Measurement Regulations and, in accordance with a recent amendment to those regulations, these fees will now be indexed annually (usually in July) in accordance with CPI (to take into account the increased costs associated with the pattern approval of measuring instruments).  This process of automatic indexation of fees with CPI reduces the administrative burden of amending regulations annually, and provides greater certainty to our clients regarding future fees. 

The fees are prescribed in a modular form and are determined in line with government policy such that NMI recovers the costs associated with the approval process.

Typically each module corresponds to a particular part of the assessment process and the number of modules required and costs for each module are determined by the type and complexity of the instrument.

Simpler instruments are considered as level 1 and the most complex as level 3.

NMI will normally need to assess the information/documentation submitted with an application before determining the fee level, estimating the fees or estimating the time required for assessment.

View the Guide to our 2018–19 Pattern Approval fees

In addition, NMI appoints approving authorities to test certain instruments such as evidential breath analysers and utility meters. Please contact the relevant approving authority for costs associated with this testing. View a list of approving authorities.


Pattern approval fees 

NMI’s Pattern Approval fees are set out in Schedule 13 of the National Measurement Regulations (1999) and, in accordance with a recent amendment to those regulations, these fees will now be indexed annually in accordance with CPI (to take into account the increased costs associated with the pattern approval of measuring instruments).  This process of automatic indexation of fees with CPI reduces the administrative burden of amending regulations annually, and provides greater certainty to our clients regarding future fees.