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National trade measurement reforms to reduce red tape.



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16 April, 2007

NATIONAL TRADE MEASUREMENT REFORMS TO REDUCE RED TAPE

The latest reform to reduce red tape for business and industry will see Australia's system of trade measurement administered by the Australian government through the National Measurement Institute (NMI).

From 1 July, 2010, the Australian Government will assume responsibility from the states and territories for all trade measurement. It follows Friday’s Council of Australian Government (COAG) decision to create a national system.

"An effective trade measurement system ensures the accurate measurement of around $400 billion of traded goods in Australia every year," Australian Minister for Industry, Tourism and Resources, Ian Macfarlane said.

"Replacing eight state and territory systems with a national system is a logical step which will remove regulation inconsistencies and unnecessary costs on business.

"A national system will facilitate the adoption of newer and more efficient technologies; respond more quickly to new infrastructure demands by industry; and maintain a viable skills base in the trade measurement workforce."

NMI, which is part of the Department of Industry, Tourism and Resources, is responsible for Australia’s national infrastructure in physical, chemical, biological and legal measurements.

"During the three year transition period, the states and territories will be responsible for ensuring continuity of service and the maintenance of existing service standards for trade measurement.

"NMI officials will work closely with the states and territories to ensure a smooth transition," Mr Macfarlane said.

More details on the NMI’s roles and responsibilities can be found on its website at www.measurement.gov.au.

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