NMI is responsible for Australia's units and standards of measurement, and for realising these units of measurement through the development and maintenance of standards of measurement, reference materials and reference techniques.
NMI also became responsible for trade measurement on 1st July, 2010, meaning it is now responsible for the full spectrum of measurement. This covers all aspects from peak primary standards of measurement to measurements made at the domestic trade level.
NMI defines its vision and purpose as to deliver capability for measurement in Australia that:
- is world class
- increases national economic efficiency
- enhances export trade prospects
- empowers sound environmental regulation; and
- enables effective social and health policies.
Key functions of NMI include meeting the measurement needs of government, industry and scientific organisations for calibration, measurement, analysis and training.
The goals of the NMI are to:
- maintain Australia's measurement standards
- provide national leadership in measurement science
- lead global collaboration
- improve and develop its services
- grow research and development capability; and
- implement the national trade measurement system.
Governments also require a broader range of measurements to fulfil their regulatory needs in matters such as food safety, the environment and trade.