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    Do I need "Trade Approved" scales?

    Do I need "Trade Approved" scales?

    At Arrow we sell stock scales that are labelled as ‘Trade Approved’.  Customers often ask us what this means and if they need ‘Trade Approved’ scales for their business.

    If you are packaging or selling goods by weight, measure or number, in the domestic market, according to the Weights and Measures Act 1987 your scales must be ‘Trade Approved’.

    ‘Trade Approved’ scales have been examined by Trading Standards (a government agency) to be suitable for trade and they believe that they will not facilitate fraud.

    Because of the rigorous testing and quality standards undergone to meet the government requirements, Trade Approved scales are usually more expensive than others.

    Some examples of business situations requiring Trade Approved Scales are below:


    Arrow Product Solution

    Weighing and pricing items by unit of weight (usually kg or g).  i.e. Apples at $5 per kg.

    Retail Pricing Scales 15kg

    Retail Pricing Scales 30kg

    Sale of pre-packaged goods with a minimum stated weight of a larger weight i.e. Selling 10kg of salmon steaks for $100.

    150kg Platform Scales

    Sale of pre-packaged goods with a minimum stated weight that is very fine.  i.e. selling 100g of food stabilizer powder

    6kg Precision Scales

    3kg Precision Scales

    A specified number of items for a specified price.  10 metal washers for $2.

    Weighing & Counting Scales – 15kg

    Weighing & Counting Scales – 30kg


    It is a legal requirement for all weighing and measuring equipment for Trade Approved scales to be stamped with a ‘Mark of Verification’.  This works in a similar way to your car’s Warrant of Fitness.

    A ‘Mark of Verification’ can be given by an Approved Person (see a list of AP’s here) after they confirm the scales are true and accurate by a simple test.  After purchasing Trade Approved scales, you need to have this test conducted.

    A ‘Mark of Verification’ must be renewed annually and usually costs between $50 to $100 per check.  At Arrow, we have negotiated a fixed $50 fee with our registered AP.  Please contact us should you need this service.

    Only ‘Trade Approved’ scales can be stamped with a mark of verification.

    At Arrow, all our scales are tested to the highest standards before being sold.  That means every scale is accurate and correct.  We can always provide a Calibration Certificate that backs this should you require it.

    Information sourced from Consumer Protection.

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