Retailers facing major blitz to make sure customers aren’t getting ripped off

A major blitz of supermarkets, petrol stations, pubs and even butchers is about to get underway to make sure Aussies are getting what they’re paying for.

10,000 businesses will be targeted as part of the National Measurement Institute (NMI) 2019-20 National Compliance Plan.

There’ll be a major focus on four retails sectors – supermarkets, fuel retailers, licensed premises and meat, fish and poultry retailers.


Minister for Industry, Science and Technology Karen Andrews said the aim is to instil confidence in consumers.

“The Morrison government appreciates that every dollar counts for Aussie families and we want to make sure you’re getting what you pay for,” Ms Andrews said.

“The Government wants to make sure when you got to the pub you’re getting a full beer, when you buy a kilo of mince you’re getting a kilo and when you’re putting fuel in your car you’re getting every drop that you should.

“When we’re short changed it’s usually only for small amounts but if happens enough times it really adds up.”

The blitz will take place right across the country over the next 12 months.

Inspectors will test 10,000 measuring instruments, inspect 70,000 lines of packaged goods while mystery shoppers will make around a thousand purchases.

Fines start at $1050 but for serious cases that can soar to $42,000 for an individual or $210,000 if the matter is taken to court.