The National Measurement Institute (NMI) has announced it is carrying out a one-week blitz on the accuracy of alcohol measurements in licensed premises across Australia, starting today.

The NMI’s said its intensive, week-long, national audit program will run from 19 to 24 August and include audits of 650 licensed premises across Australia. General Manager for Legal Metrology at NMI Bill Loizides said Australia’s trade measurement laws ensure consumers get what they pay for when they buy products by weight, volume or number.

“We have put hotels, bars and clubs on notice, and they can expect a rigorous but fair approach during the inspections conducted by the National Measurement Institute,” Loizides said.

In terms of non-compliance the latest report from NMI showed spirit dispensers used in licensed premises are among the measuring instruments most likely to be inaccurate and disadvantaging customers.

The NMI also said that it has licensed premises using non-standard glassware, such as mason jars, to serve beer may not be complying with requirements to use and advertise accurate volume measurements.

“Australians should be able to feel confident that they are getting what they pay for when buying drinks during a night out or Sunday lunch at the club. As a result NMI has included a focused national audit of licensed premises as part of its 2019-20 compliance activities.”

“While we recognise that most businesses want to do the right thing, there are penalties for businesses that breach the law,” Loizides said.

NMI can issue infringement notices with fines of $1050 per offence. If the case is serious enough for a prosecution, the maximum fines are $210,000 per offence as a company or $42,000 per offence as an individual.

Andy Young

Andy joined Intermedia as Editor of The Shout in 2015, writing news on a daily basis and also writing features for National Liquor News. Now Managing Editor of both The Shout and Bars and Clubs.

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