Near Infrared instruments in the sugar industry: proposed regulatory approach

Closed 24 May 2019

Opened 21 Mar 2019


The National Measurement Institute (NMI) is seeking input on a proposed regulatory approach for Near Infrared (NIR) instruments used for trade purposes. NIR instruments are an innovative alternative to the traditional trade measuring instruments, and are used by the sugar industry for quality measurements.

Currently, NMI does not specify any trade measurement requirements for use of these instruments by the sugar industry. NMI has been working with the industry over many years to ensure measuring instruments used for trade comply with the National Measurement Act 1960.

Consultation paper

Our consultation paper outlines the proposed regulatory approach:

Feedback will help us develop a regulatory framework that will cover the use of NIR instruments in the sugar industry for trade purposes. We will also develop a Regulation Impact Statement (RIS) as part of the Government’s firm commitment to regulation that delivers net benefits for businesses and the community.

Supporting the sugar industry through better regulation is expected to promote innovation and industry growth.

We encourage input from a variety of industry, government and community stakeholders to ensure we consider the widest possible range of needs and interests.


Please provide comments via our online submission area below.

Alternatively, you can use the Offline submission Form [85KB DOCX] to send them via:

  • Email to, with the subject heading ‘NIR Consultation’ and your company or individual name
  • Post to Legal Metrology Branch, National Measurement Institute, GPO Box 2013, Canberra ACT 2601, marked Attention: ‘NIR Consultation’

You can choose to make your submission confidential.


  • Industry association/peak body
  • State, territory or local government
  • Users of measuring instruments for trade
  • Manufacturers, Importers and Suppliers of measuring instruments used for trade


  • Trade measurement
  • Pattern approval
  • Verification
  • Trade
  • Measurement