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Standards Australia E-News May 2012

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Draft Energy Networks Safety Standard

Industry Leaders Forum with NSW Resources & Energy Minister

Standards Mean Business

New Electric Vehicle Standard

Standard for General Conditions of Contract for Consultants

 

Sector Updates

Standards Australia Celebrates 90th Anniversary

Retirement of Laurie Besley

Drafts Open for Comment

Proposed Withdrawals and Reconfirmations

Chris Hartcher MP

Draft Energy Networks Safety Standard

A draft Standard on electricity network safety management systems is open for public comment Standards Australia has announced.

“The draft Standard is a continuation of the efforts by State, Territory and Federal jurisdictions to achieve harmonisation of safety measures across energy networks and across regions,” said Colin Blair, Chief Executive Officer, Standards Australia.

"Because energy networks don’t end at state borders, this Standard addresses the significant need for harmonisation, which puts downward pressure on energy costs and assists in across border movement of the workforce."

The objective of the Standard is to provide nationally consistent requirements for safety management systems for electricity transmission and distribution networks more

Chris Hartcher MP

Industry Leaders Forum with NSW Resources & Energy Minister

As part of the Industry Leaders Forum, Standards Australia looks forward to hosting The Honourable Chris Hartcher MP, NSW Minister for Resources and Energy, next week.

The forum is part of our ongoing commitment to link members and industry stakeholders with key government decision-makers. Discussion will focus on the key mining and resources portfolios – representing some of Australia’s biggest export earners.

Chris Hartcher MP

Standards Mean Business

Most people know Australian Standards protect public safety and consumers, but what about their use as business development tools? From international trade to enhanced competitiveness in domestic markets, Australian Standards support business and economic growth. View our latest brochure on the business and commercial opportunities which Australian Standards can provide more

Chris Hartcher MP

New Electric Vehicle Standard

The committee charged with developing electric vehicle standards has agreed on key definitions – the essential first step for an over-arching set of electric vehicle standards.

The standards development process – funded by the Victorian Government – has brought direction to an industry constituting vehicle suppliers, energy networks, government agencies, local government, consumer organisations and road users more

Standard for General Conditions of Contract for Consultants

Standards Australia released a revised Standard for General Conditions of Contract for Consultants (AS 4122-2010). The revised document has become a must-have for clients and consultants in construction, architecture, procurement and beyond.

AS 4122-2010 has been developed based on industry feedback and a wide range of relevant stakeholders were consulted in its drafting. It takes into account contracting requirements for all parties working on projects ranging from mid-tier to multi-million dollar projects.

The revision tightened up wording relating to duty of care, payments, risk allocation, clients, invoicing, confidentiality and other various clauses more

Chris Hartcher MP

Sector Updates

Stay across the latest Standards Australia news for your industry sector by viewing the latest Sector Update. Here you will find information on approved Standards development projects, draft Standards that are currently out for public comment, recently published documents and publications that have been withdrawn. more

Standards Australia Celebrates 90th Anniversary

It was the interwar era and King George V reigned over the vast British Commonwealth, represented in Australia by the Governor-General, 1st Baron Forster of Lepe, Henry Forster. Billy Hughes served as the Prime Minister of Australia, a nation of 5.6 million people.

In Tasmania women were allowed to stand for Parliament, while in Queensland they abolished the death penalty, the first Australian state to do so. There was also a total solar eclipse over Australia, allowing scientists to test Albert Einstein's general theory of relativity.

These were times of change. And change was on the mind when on Thursday, 12 October 1922, the Commonwealth of Australia Gazette modestly announced the formation of the Commonwealth Engineering Standards Association.

It was from these beginnings the organisation, which was set to become Standards Australia, was born. Charged with the responsibility to ‘work in cooperation with the Commonwealth Institute of Science and Industry under the Science and Industry Act 1920,’ the new organisation set about its work to develop the first Australian Standards.

This is the first of a series of articles celebrating 90 years of Standards Australia.

Retirement of Laurie Besley

Standards Australia would like to congratulate Laurie Besley – pictured here with Standards Australia CEO Colin Blair – on his retirement as the Chief Executive Officer and Chief Metrologist of the National Measurement Institute. Standards Australia has enjoyed a strong relationship with Mr Besley throughout his time with the NMI.

Drafts Open for Comment

An important stage in the development of an Australian Standard is the public comment period in which drafts are made publicly available in order for members of the general public to contribute their views on the content. The public comment period is usually open for two to three months. A list of drafts currently open for comment is provided here

Proposed Withdrawals and Reconfirmations

Standards Australia is committed to maintaining a contemporary and relevant suite of Australian Standards. Australian Standards that have been reviewed and are intended to be either withdrawn or reconfirmed without technical changes, will be listed on this website for public feedback before the proposed actions become effective. View the list of proposed Withdrawals and Reconfirmations here