Australian Government Department of the Environment, Water, Heritage and the Arts, December 2009
- The National Framework for Non-urban Water Metering Policy Paper - Final Draft (PDF - 596 KB) | (RTF - 794KB)
The National Water Initiative (NWI) Agreement provides a strategy for improving water resource management across Australia. In relation to water meters, paragraphs 87 and 88 of the Agreement specify requirements for national metering standards and a nationally consistent framework for water metering and measurement. In addition, paragraph 89 specifies open reporting requirements relating to metered water use and associated compliance and enforcement actions. As Council of Australian Governments (COAG) signatories, all State and Territory ('jurisdictional') governments are committed to these objectives.
Recognising that requirements for urban and non-urban water meters differ due to highly variable installation configurations and operating conditions in non-urban environments, a national framework (the 'Metrological Assurance Framework') has been developed to enable implementation of new standards for non-urban water meters and to accommodate future trade measurement requirements.
This policy sets out the framework and arrangements agreed by jurisdictional government and industry representatives as members of the Metering Expert Group appointed by the Commonwealth Government.
The policy delivers the primary objective agreed by jurisdictional governments that the national metering standards should seek to provide an acceptable level of confidence that measurement performance under in situ conditions is within maximum permissible limits of error of ±5%.