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Senior Legal Metrology Policy Officer, APS Level 6, National Measurement Institute

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Employment type: Ongoing
Location: Canberra, Sydney, Brisbane, Adelaide, Melbourne, Perth
Categories: National Measurement Institute, APS Level 6

About the team

The National Measurement Institute (NMI) is the Australian Government’s national authority on measurement. We play an important role in the Australian economy by:

  • maintaining and regulating Australia’s measurement system,
  • developing and maintaining national measurement standards, and
  • delivering world-class measurement products and client services. 

Measurement is integral to a successful economy and to the progress of innovation and science. Our work adapts to, services and enhances the productivity and growth of Australian industries.  We aim to ensure a fair, safe, healthy and competitive Australia.

The Legal Metrology Branch plays an important role in ensuring Australian consumers and industry can rely on trusted measurements for fair trade in goods and services.  To ensure traders follow with the law and adopt correct measurement trading practices, we use inspectors who check that measuring instruments (weighing scales, fuel pumps and weighbridges) are accurate throughout Australia.  We also check that:

  • pre-packaged articles contain the correct amount of produce,  and
  • that fuel sold in service stations complies with quality standards.

The Policy and Regulatory Services Section provides timely, accurate and appropriate support for the Secretary and Chief Metrologist.  This includes advice and services relating to measurement policy, regulatory and technical matters. This enables the delivery of a strong and effective national measurement system that is trusted and accepted domestically and internationally and does not impose unnecessary barriers to trade through restrictive requirements

Our ideal candidate

Our ideal candidate will exercising initiative and judgment in the interpretation of policy and the application of practices and procedures.  They will:

  • undertake complex work and operate with reasonable autonomy and accountability
  • manage projects and develop policy
  • provide detailed technical, professional, and/or policy advice in relation to complex problems, and
  • have a considerable level of public contact in relation to difficult or sensitive issues.

The Senior Policy Officer supports the delivery of a diverse range of specialised technical services and regulatory activities.  They aim to strengthen Australia’s metrological framework for domestic and international trade. Our ideal candidate has the ability to:

  • Develop policy reforms relating to the implementation of risk and principles-based technical policy in new and existing areas.   
  • Work with stakeholders from industry, government and the international measurement community to help ensure Australia operates competitively in the global environment.
  • Contribute to complex, strategic projects that support the Chief Metrologist and CIML Member Australia’s International Committee of Legal Metrology (CIML) Member.
  • Contribute to the ongoing development, implementation and review of the branch’s operational policy, procedural and governance documents.

A diploma or higher qualification in a relevant engineering or science discipline is highly desirable.

What you will do

As the Senior Policy Officer, you will:

  • Contribute to the ongoing development, implementation and review of the branch’s operational policy and procedural documents.
  • Support delivery of outcomes in relation to the legal metrology policy areas.
  • Conduct research and analysis related to the development and support of new policy.
  • Negotiate and nurture productive working relationships with internal and external stakeholders.
  • Providing regular advice on areas of policy to influence the strategic direction of the Section and the Branch.
  • Provide support for various industry engagement activities such as public consultations, industry meetings and roadshows.
  • Assist with the coordination of responses to policy, regulatory and technical inquiries to PARS, including:
    • allocation of inquiries to relevant staff
    • review of draft responses
    • obtaining appropriate approvals and
    • sending of approved responses.
  • Conduct pattern approval evaluations and maintain, accurate and auditable records of assessments and client correspondence. Activities include:
    • evaluating test results from internal and external laboratories
    • assessing instrument suitability
    • providing recommendations to the delegate and
    • certificate preparation.
  • Contribute to innovation and business improvement strategies.
  • Show behaviour according to APS code of conduct and NMI’s standards and take part in all aspects of WH&S.


To be eligible for employment in the APS and the department, applicants must be Australian Citizens.

Security Clearance

This position require a Baseline security clearance. The successful applicant will be required to obtain and maintain a clearance at this level.


This role can be undertaken in Canberra ACT, Brisbane QLD, Melbourne VIC, Adelaide SA, Perth WA or Sydney NSW as NMI has a presence in these Capital cities.

How to apply

You are required to complete your application online. Provide a pitch explaining how your skills, knowledge and experience will be relevant to this role and why you are the best candidate for the position. Your pitch can contain no more than 5000 characters (approximately 750 words) and should align to the job description.

You are also required to provide your current CV with your application. (CVs must be in .doc, .docx, or .pdf format).

Accessible application documentation is available in other formats on request. Please contact or (02) 6276 1235 if you require assistance with your application.

Contact information

For more information regarding this opportunity, please contact Trevor Byrne via  or on (02) 8467 3818.

Learn more about the department

The department’s Enterprise Agreement and policies provide for a flexible working environment to assist staff balance their work and home life. Staff and managers work together to balance the operating needs of the work unit with the needs of the individual. Options may include full time/part time working arrangements, working from home or other arrangements as agreed by all parties.

The department is committed to a workplace culture that is respectful, inclusive, and diverse, where all employees have a sense of belonging and can bring their authentic whole selves to work every day. We encourage applications from Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people, mature age, people with disability, culturally and linguistically diverse people and people of the LGBTIQA+ community, including transgender, gender diverse, and intersex people. Please contact our Inclusion team at for a confidential discussion if you identify from any of these diverse backgrounds and would like to discuss this in more detail.

Please refer to our Applying for a position information for additional information on how to apply.

Select the links on the left-hand side of the page for more useful information about a career with the department.

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