Standards Fundamental to Asian Century
The Federal Government’s Asian Century White Paper underscores the importance of regional and international engagement in standardization.
“Internationally-aligned Australian Standards are fundamental to our effective engagement with the Asia Pacific region,” said Colin Blair, Chief Executive Officer, Standards Australia.
“The increase in living standards across the region is supported by the adoption of common standards which promote best practice, consumer safety, and commercial exchange,” Mr Blair said.
Mr Blair said standards reduce barriers to trade, accelerate economic development, foster innovation and expand world trade more
Industry Leaders Forum with Senator Arthur Sinodinos
Senator Arthur Sinodinos, Shadow Parliamentary Secretary to the Leader of the Opposition, addressed the Standards Australia’s Industry Leaders Forum to discuss key federal policy and economic issues.
Senator Sinodinos gave a wide-ranging speech followed by an expansive question and answer session. 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. Learn more about the Industry Leaders Forum here
Above: Mr Colin Blair (CEO, Standards Australia), Senator Arthur Sinodinos (Shadow Parliamentary Secretary to the Leader of the Opposition), and Ms Libby Christie (Deputy Chairman, Standards Australia).
Standards Australia Celebrates 90th Birthday
On 12 October Standards Australia celebrated its 90th birthday at the Intercontinental Hotel Sydney. The event commemorated to the day the formation of the Main Committee of the Australian Commonwealth Engineering Standards Association.
The event was attended by Standards Australia members, committee chairs, and stakeholders - both past and present. Guests also heard tributes from Dr Alan Morrison (Chairman), Colin Blair (Chief Executive Officer) and former chairman Don Gray.
Special messages of congratulations were received from both Mr Frans Vreeswijk, General Secretary and CEO, International Electrotechnical Commission; and Mr Rob Steele, Secretary General, International Organization for Standardization. View their messages here:
Australia Leads Way on International Compliance Standard
Australia will hold the secretariat role of a newly formed International Organization for Standardization (ISO) committee for the development of an international compliance standard - Project Committee ISO/PC 271 - Compliance programs.
The committee will be tasked with the development of an international management system standard for compliance programs.
“In partnership with stakeholders such as the Australasian Compliance Institute (ACI), we’ll be working expeditiously to develop this vital international standard,” said Colin Blair, Chief Executive Officer, Standards Australia more
Ventilation Code Seminars
Standards Australia in partnership with the Australian Institute of Refrigeration, Air-conditioning and Heating is hosting a national seminar series on the revision to AS 1668 – The use of ventilation and air conditioning in buildings.
The seminars are ideal for regulatory authorities, mechanical services designers, equipment manufacturers and suppliers, maintenance contractors, filter manufacturers and suppliers, facilities managers, and building owners.
Seminars will be conducted throughout late November and early December in Adelaide, Brisbane, Canberra, Darwin, Hobart, Melbourne, Perth and Sydney. For more information download the PDF here.
Thought Leadership Paper: The Value in Governance of Information Technology
Standards Australia has released a paper on the value in governance of IT. The paper explores the importance of governance measures to deliver essential safeguards to organisations and businesses – as well as to ensure operational effectiveness, agility and competitive advantage.
“Australian and international standards are fundamental to the effectiveness of the governance of IT. This paper elevates governance of IT as a critical component and enabler of best practice management,” Colin Blair, CEO, Standards Australia.
Download the paper here
JTC 1 Plenary Session in South Korea
JTC 1 recently held their 25th Plenary Session in Jeju, South Korea. In his capacity as Chair of JTC 1 Strategic Advisory Committee, Mr John Sheridan, First Assistant Secretary, Agency Services, AGIMO, acted as the head of delegation.
A new Working Group was established at the meeting which consolidates all the work being undertaken in the field of Governance of IT. Australia will continue to provide the secretariat to this new International Working Group (JTC 1 WG 8) as it has previously done in the past.
Risk Minimisation in Forensics
Standards Australia will be holding the secretariat for the ISO project committee relating to risk minimisation in forensics. This follows Standards Australia’s publication in June 2012 of AS5483 Minimizing the risk of contamination in products used to collect and analyse biological material for forensic DNA Purposes.
The Standard – which could form the basis of an international standard – specifies provisions for the manufacture of products used in forensic DNA collection and analysis. Products covered by the scope of this Standard include consumables used for evidence collection (including those used in DNA kits), such as swabs, containers and packaging, and also products used in the analysis of DNA samples, such as tubes and other plastic ware, disposable laboratory coats, gloves, masks and other consumables.
Other standards published in forensics this year include: AS 5388.1-2012 Forensic analysis - Recognition, recording, recovery, transport and storage of material and AS 5388.2-2012 Forensic analysis - Analysis and examination of material.
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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