Measurement Matters!

Measurement is everywhere, but most of us have never heard of the National Measurement Act (1960) – or given it much thought even if we have.

Regardless, our daily lives depend on measurement. From the litres of petrol we put in our cars, to the measurements in the medicines we use, to opening the fridge and feeling comfortable our food is at the right temperature – measurement matters!

Measurement also plays a big part in innovation. Businesses in Australia need to know that they can measure quality, quantity and performance properly to develop new products and processes.

Similarly, the community needs to know that quality, quantity and performance have been measured properly when purchasing and using products.

Recently, a six-part review of Australia’s Measurement Law has been launched by the Department of Industry, Innovation and Science. This marks the first review of these laws since the Act was put in place in 1960.

For context, in 1960:

  • John F. Kennedy won the presidential election in the USA;
  • The Etch-A-Sketch was introduced, and sold for around $2.99;
  • Marilyn Monroe won a Golden Globe; and
  • Hotels and theatres opened for the first time on Anzac Day (and organised sport was allowed in the afternoon).

The world is dramatically different today than it was in 1960 – and therefore our Measurement Act must be updated to account for the kinds of exciting new technologies that could only be dreamed of back when Marilyn Monroe was winning awards and kids were only just discovering the novelty of the Etch-a-Sketch.

Ai Group believes getting measurement right is important, not only for business, but for the community as well. That’s why we have been consulting with our members, and taking part in the review.

You can access our first submission on the Scope of the Act here.

If you want more information about the Measurement Law Review, or to see the discussion papers, you can do so here.

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Rachael Wilkinson relocated from Western Australia to Victoria to join the policy team at Ai Group in 2017. Prior to Joining Ai Group she worked for the Fair Work Ombudsman, providing advice to the public on the Fair Work Act. She then spent time living in Vancouver (Canada) where she worked as an Appeal Coordinator, and volunteered with the homeless community.

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