Assistant Trade Measurement Officer, APS Level 4, National Measurement Institute

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Employment type: Ongoing
Location: Canberra, Sydney, Brisbane, Adelaide, Hobart, Melbourne, Perth, Any location in Australia
Categories: APS Level 4, Administration, Regulation

About the team

The National Measurement Institute, NMI, is the measurement science and regulatory delivery division of the Department of Industry, Science and Resources (DISR).  It is the Australian Government’s measurement authority and the vehicle through which the Constitutional responsibility for weights and measures is discharged.

The Legal Metrology Branch administers Australia’s measurement legislation to ensure a level playing field for consumers, businesses, government entities and international trade. The branch has significant interactions with industry, consumers, traders and trade measurement licensees.

A total of 9 positions are available, distributed nationally in the following locations - Adelaide, Bendigo, Melbourne, Perth, Queensland (Brisbane, Sunshine Coast or Townsville), greater Sydney area (3 positions) and Tasmania (Hobart or Launceston).

Our ideal candidate

We are looking for self-motivated people with technical aptitude and good communication skills to join our national team.  Our ideal candidates will have a strong desire to work in a federal government organisation with a strong compliance and enforcement focus that supports trust in the effective functioning of the Australian economy.

Employees of NMI are expected to demonstrate behaviours consistent with the values of being adaptable, innovative, accountable, strategic, inclusive, and influential.

Our department has a commitment to inclusion and diversity, with an ambition of being the best possible place to work. This reflects the importance we place on our people and on creating a workplace culture where each and every one of us is valued and respected for our contribution. Our ideal candidate adds to this culture and our workplace in their own way.

What you will do

The successful applicants will develop skills and knowledge (through on the job and classroom based learning) relevant to trade measurement inspections, compliance and enforcement duties and responsibilities in a range of trading environments, by:

  • conducting tests and audits of measuring instruments
  • conducting quality audits and assessments
  • monitoring trading practices
  • assessing pre-packaged products for compliance
  • providing information and education to licensees businesses and consumers
  • conducting regulatory activities on behalf of other Commonwealth government entities, as required.

The successful applicants will also develop skills and knowledge in investigation techniques by:

  • identifying and investigating apparent breaches of trade measurement legislation (including conducting formal interviews when required)
  • compiling formal reports which may be considered for court based action
  • providing administrative and technical support as required.

Successful applicants will also be required to complete work health and safety training, and to perform hazardous tasks at some worksites, such as testing fuel pumps at service stations and weighbridges at quarries.

For more information about the Trade Measurement Inspector role, please see

Selection criteria

The successful applicants will have, or demonstrate the capability to acquire the following skill set:

  • interpersonal and communication - sound interpersonal, written and oral communication skills, with an ability to adapt to the needs of different audiences
  • data and technical - sound mathematical and data skills, and the ability to acquire further technical skills through structured learning activities and on-the-job experience
  • negotiation and conflict resolution - experience dealing with difficult situations and strong liaison, negotiation and conflict resolution skills
  • investigations - an ability to develop investigation and case management skills for court based actions
  • problem solving and time management - excellent judgement and problem solving skills, and the ability to work to achieve objectives within given timeframes and respond constructively to feedback
  • team work and independently motivated - an ability to work effectively in a team environment, and contribute to team objectives while also being self-motivated and able to plan and work independently


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

Positions require a Baseline security clearance and successful candidates will be required to obtain and maintain a clearance at this level.

Flexible working arrangements to accommodate the needs of successful applicants may be negotiated on an individual basis, which may also include a job sharing arrangement.

Successful applicants will be required to drive a vehicle, and so possession and maintenance of a driver’s licence is mandatory. They also need to be physically able to handle the equipment used in inspection activities out in the field.


Successful applicants are required to complete the:

  • Certificate IV in Trade Measurement (PSP40516)
  • Certificate IV in Government Investigations (PSP40416) and
  • ‘Use and maintain reference standards’ unit of competency (MSMTMREF301).

These courses will be organised and funded by NMI at no cost to the employee, and will be undertaken in work time. NMI delivers some of the training and assessment required for this role via its Registered Training Organisation (RTO No. 91419).

Vaccination against Q-fever, hepatitis A and B, tetanus and other viral pathogens may be required.

The successful applicant will be required to undertake inter- and intra-state travel of approximately 8 weeks [32 nights] annually, with overnight absences away from home for periods of up to a week at a time. Some out of hours work may also be required.

Approximately 10 additional weeks (50 nights) of travel will be required during the training period for some locations – particularly for successful applicants in Sydney and Tasmania.

The successful applicants will commence in the role at APS Level 4.1 and, on successful completion of the qualifications will be appointed as a Trade Measurement Inspector. Further career progression is dependent on satisfactory job performance.

The Trade Measurement Officer position opens up a number of career paths within the Legal Metrology Branch, and potentially across the whole of the Australian Public Service.

A merit pool may be established to fill future Assistant Trade Measurement Officer vacancies, should they become available within 18 months from the date advertised.

How to apply

Your application must not contain any classified or sensitive information. This includes in your application responses, CV and any other documents. The selection panel may not consider applications containing classified information.

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.

Please complete your application online and 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.

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

Contact information

For more information regarding these opportunities, please contact:

Adelaide – Tony Blefari via or on 0457 548 986

Bendigo – David Gittins via or on 0457 547 929

Greater Sydney area – Mark Treacy via or on 0457 547 966

Melbourne – David Gittins via or on 0457 547 929

Perth – Tony Blefari via or on 0457 548 986

Queensland (Brisbane / Sunshine Coast / Townsville) – Brad Larter via or on 0457 549 031

Tasmania (Hobart / Launceston) – David Gittins via or on
0457 547 929

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