Consultation on Draft Cost Recovery Implementation Statement 2018-2019

Closed 8 Feb 2018

Opened 14 Dec 2017


The Australian Government Charging Framework, which includes the Cost Recovery Guidelines, set out the overarching framework under which government entities design, implement and review cost recovered activities. Cost recovery involves government entities charging individuals or non‐government organisations some or all of the efficient costs of a specific government activity. This may include goods, services or regulation, or a combination of these.

This draft Cost Recovery Implementation Statement (CRIS) provides information on how the National Measurement Institute (NMI) implements cost recovery activities associated with the administration of Pattern Approval (PA), Trade Measurement Licensing (Licensing) and Legal Metrology Authority Appointments (Appointments).

This consultation seeks feedback from interested stakeholders to inform the government’s decision to refresh authority to recover costs for services associated with the delivery of regulatory functions by the NMI under the National Measurement Act 1960 (the Act).

Why We Are Consulting

A national measurement policy statement was released in November 2017 to clearly state the Government’s intentions for Australia’s national measurement system and set out principles underpinning Government decision making in relation to measurement. The primary objective of the Australian Government’s role in measurement is to provide a strong and effective national measurement system that is trusted and accepted both domestically and internationally.

NMI is seeking to engage and understand from stakeholders:

  • how to ensure Australia’s measurement system is financially sustainable, while at the same time facilitating innovation and reducing regulatory burden,
  • how the cost recovery model for regulatory services delivered by the NMI may affect stakeholder decisions to take up these services and participate in the measurement system

As this consultation impacts a variety of industries, businesses and consumers, NMI is seeking input from such stakeholders to help ensure that the consultation accounts for the widest possible range of needs and interests.

NMI is aware full cost recovery of legal metrology regulatory activities may have a significant impact on some parts of the market and is taking this opportunity to consider the views of market participants. Stakeholder feedback will be used to inform any possible adjustments to the proposed schedule of fees and charges outlined for 2018-19.

Draft for consultation

Stakeholder meetings

The information presented at the face to face stakeholder meetings held at various NMI locations across Australia on 30 January 2018 is now available.

Related Information

Making your submission

Submissions may be made by:


For more information on the Consultation on Draft Cost Recovery implementation Statement 2018-2019 please contact or call (02) 8467 3419.

What Happens Next

  • The feedback from this consultation will inform any possible adjustments to the proposed schedule of fees and charges.
  • A summary of the feedback received and an explanation of the changes will be included in the final Cost Recovery Implementation Statement.
  • Approval on the final fees and charges will be sought from the Minister for Industry, Innovation and Science.
  • The approved fees and charges and final Cost Recovery Implementation Statement will be published on the NMI website.
  • The new fees and charges will apply from the approved date.

Consultation output

The Cost Recovery Implementation Statement has now been published.


  • Consumers
  • Users of measuring instruments for trade
  • Manufacturers, Importers and Suppliers of measuring instruments used for trade


  • Red tape reduction
  • Cost to business
  • Measurement