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Standards in Action: Chinchilla to Gladstone Pipeline

Open for Public Comment: Child restraint systems for use in motor vehicles

New Forensics Standards Released

IEC 1906 Award

Last chance to register for Smart Grids Roadmap Launch

New Australian Standard for SPF 50+ Sunscreen

Industry Leaders Forum

 

Webinar: Project Prioritisation and Selection Process

New Management System for Records Standards

Celebrating 90 Years: The Metric Conversion

Sector Updates

Drafts Open for Comment

Proposed Withdrawals and Reconfirmations

Standards in Action: Chinchilla to Gladstone Pipeline

Australian Standards are playing a fundamental role in the resources sector across the nation. One example is the enormous 540 kilometre 1,067mm (42-inch) gas pipeline from Chinchilla to Gladstone as part of QGC’s Queensland Curtis LNG Project.

Employing around 1,250 people, the pipeline is being constructed to AS 2885 which relates to design, construction, testing, operations and maintenance of gas and petroleum pipelines.

“Australian Standards are providing the resources sector with the guidance documents they need to roll-out major construction and civil engineering projects nationwide,” said Colin Blair, CEO, Standards Australia.

AS 2885 – developed by industry, government and stakeholders – is just another example of how Australian Standards support employment, innovation, and economic development.

Open for Public Comment: Child restraint systems for use in motor vehicles

A draft Australian Standard – which includes new requirements allowing ISOFIX-style child restraint systems in vehicles – is now open for public comment.

The standard draws on ISOFIX, and the similar North American LATCH system, to provide consumers with more options and improved safety.

“Our rigorous public comment process will provide an opportunity for consumers, industry and stakeholders to provide input into the standard,” said Colin Blair, Chief Executive Officer, Standards Australia more

New Forensics Standards Released

Standards Australia has announced nationally consistent practices and procedures to preserve the integrity of material collected from crime scenes.

It is critical that recognised best practice in obtaining evidence from crime scenes is established.

The Standards provide practitioners with a reference for establishing the required proficiency in forensic practice and can also guide education and training more

IEC 1906 Award

Standards Australia would like to congratulate our employee Brian Lester on receiving the prestigious International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) 1906 Award.

The citation noted the award was in recognition of his valuable leadership role as Convenor of TC 36/MT 14, and for his contributions, based on profound technical knowledge, to the revision of IEC 60050-471, and the development of IEC 62223.

IEC TC 36 is the Insulators Committee; IEC Standard 60050-471 is International Electrotechnical Vocabulary – Part 471: Insulators; and IEC Standard 62223 is the Insulators – Glossary of terms and definitions.

The IEC 1906 Award was created in 2004 by the IEC Executive Committee. The 1906 Award commemorates the IEC's year of foundation and honours IEC experts around the world whose work is fundamental to the IEC.

Last chance to register for Smart Grids Roadmap Launch

Time is running out to register for the Smart Grids Roadmap Launch. To view the invitation click here

New Australian Standard for SPF 50+ Sunscreen

A new Australian Standard requires SPF 50-plus sunscreen, in a win for consumers and public health.

“Consumers will expect and demand SPF 50-plus sunscreen as a result of the revised standard. In a country where sun radiation risks are high, this added level of protection is critical in addressing the prevalence of skin cancers and melanoma,” said Colin Blair, Chief Executive Officer, Standards Australia more

Industry Leaders Forum

Following on from recent ministerial guest speakers, John Robertson MP, NSW Leader of the Opposition, addressed the Standards Australia’s Industry Leaders Forum.

The forum is part of our ongoing commitment to link members and industry stakeholders with key political decision-makers, and to provide a forum to discuss the economic value of standards. Mr Robertson gave a wide-ranging presentation and an assessment of the policy environment in NSW.

 
Above: Dr Alan Morrison (Chairman), Mr John Robertson (Opposition Leader), Ms Libby Christie (Deputy Chairman), and Mr Colin Blair (CEO).

Webinar: Project Prioritisation and Selection Process

Standards Australia has opened a new round of the Project Prioritisation and Selection Process. The submission period for project proposals opened on Wednesday, 1 August 2012 and closes on Friday, 14 September 2012. For further information and proposal application forms visit here.

To view the webinar on how to put forward a standards development project proposal, visit here

As has been the case for previous intakes, project selection will be based on the documented criteria of Net Benefit; stakeholder consultation and support; and the availability of Standards Australia resources.

If you require further information regarding participation in the Project Prioritisation and Selection Process please contact a National Sector Manager on 1800 035 822 or email nsm@standards.org.au

Proponents are encouraged to submit their proposals at least a week prior to the close date, which will allow National Sector Managers to review and provide initial feedback.

New Management System for Records Standards

Standards Australia has published two significant ISO Management Systems for Records (MSR) standards. The standards are among the most utilised ISO standards globally due to their broad application for companies and organisations.

AS/NZS ISO 30300-2012 Management systems for recordkeeping – Fundamentals and vocabulary and AS/NZS 30301-2012 Management systems for recordkeeping – Requirements are fundamental international standards applicable to organisations of all types and sizes.

The AS/NZS ISO 30300 defines terms and definitions applicable to the standards on MSR. The AS/NZS ISO 30301 Standard specifies requirements to be met by a MSR in order to support an organization in the achievement of its mandate, mission, strategy and goals. It addresses the development and implementation of a records policy and objectives and gives information on measuring and monitoring performance.

Celebrating 90 Years: The Metric Conversion

This feature is part of a series celebrating 90 years of Standards Australia to be published in the lead-up to the official anniversary on 12 October 2012.

Looking to popularise metrication and educate consumers, the Standards Association of Australia – as it was then called – launched an alluring logo. In keeping with the times, a mini-skirted young woman called Metric Kate was chosen to symbolise the move towards a metric future. The organisation retained her services for six years, during its metric conversion process.

See more of our history here

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 here

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. 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