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National Measurement Institute
Agency overview
Formed 2004
Headquarters West Lindfield, New South Wales
Minister responsible
  • Greg Hunt, Minister for Industry, Innovation and Science (Australia)
Parent agency Department of Industry, Innovation and Science

The National Measurement Institute (NMI) is Australia's peak measurement body responsible for biological, chemical, legal and physical measurement and is currently administered within the Australian Government's Department of Industry.


NMI was created in 2004 from an amalgamation between the National Measurement Laboratory, the National Standards Commission and the Australian Government Analytical Laboratories. On 1 July 2010, NMI assumed responsibility for trade measurement under a national system.


NMI is Australia's peak measurement organisation, responsible for the national measurement infrastructure, and for maintaining Australia's primary standards of measurement.

NMI carries out in-depth research programs and provides the legal and technical framework for disseminating measurement standards for the Australian economy. Working with industry and government, it provides measurement expertise, calibration services, chemical and biological analyses and pattern approval testing. NMI works to support Australia's standards and conformance infrastructure.

The Chief Executive Officer and Chief Metrologist is Dr. Peter Fisk

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