Proposal to adopt OIML R 50 as Australia’s pattern approval standard for belt weighers

Closed 8 Nov 2019

Opened 10 Oct 2019


The National Measurement Institute (NMI) is seeking submissions from stakeholders in response to the proposal to adopt the latest version of OIML R 50:2014, 'Continuous totalising automatic weighing instruments (belt weighers)' as Australia’s pattern approval standard for belt weighers.

Continuous totalising automatic weighing instruments of the belt conveyor type are also known as belt weighers. They continuously weigh bulk product on a conveyor belt, without interrupting the movement of the conveyor belt. Belt weighers in use for trade are common in the mining, agricultural and transport industries where they are used to weigh bulk quantities of products such as coal and wheat.

The OIML Recommendation for belt weighers, OIML R 50, was last revised and updated in 2014. NMI’s proposed regulatory approach will modernise Australia’s requirements for belt weighers in use for trade by aligning them to the latest international standard.

Consultation documents

Adoption of OIML R 50 as Australia’s pattern approval standard for belt weighers documents:

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Please use the response submission form below to record your comments on these documents and then email the completed form to

Privacy Collection Statement

The Department of Industry, Innovation and Science (the Department) is conducting a consultation process to inform an update to the Australian pattern approval standard for belt weighers.

The Department is bound by the Australian Privacy Principles (APPs) outlined in Schedule 1 of the Privacy Act 1988 (Cth) which regulates how entities may collect, use, disclose and store personal information.

The Department will collect from this consultation your personal information, (including your name, contact details, organisation name, organisation size, feedback, comments and opinions) to understand more about you and allow NMI to better support the industries you operate in. Information is also collected so that we are able to contact you, if needed, to seek clarification regarding any feedback and comments you provide on the proposed regulatory approach for the adoption of the latest version of OIML R 50 as Australia’s pattern approval standard for belt weighers. If you choose to, you may wish to provide your contact information so that NMI can provide updates to you in relation to your areas of interest.

Your personal information will be accessed by departmental staff who are involved with the drafting of the pattern approval standard for belt weighers. Your personal information will not be used or disclosed without your consent, except as set out in the consultation paper or where authorised or required by law.

Personal information will be stored and held in accordance with the Department’s obligations under the Archives Act 1983 (Cth). For further information, please refer to the Department’s Privacy Policy.


  • Pattern Approval Applicants
  • Servicing licensees
  • Weighing industry association


  • Trade measurement
  • Weights and measures
  • Measurement
  • Measuring instruments
  • Instrument manufacturers
  • Instrument suppliers
  • Instrument importers
  • Trade measurement
  • OIML
  • International Organisation of Legal Metrology