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Standards Australia hosts ISO Technical Management Board

ASEAN-Australia-New Zealand Free Trade Area

New Australian Standard for E-Waste

Project Prioritisation and Selection Process and Workshops

Standards Awards: Call for Nominations

Wind Loads for Housing

 

Australian Standard for Garage Doors

Standards Australia welcomes Gabriela Ehrlich

Book: ‘Recollections of a Professional Engineer’ by George Fox AM

Sector Updates

Drafts Open for Comment

Review of Aged Standards

Standards Australia hosts ISO Technical Management Board

Standards Australia recently hosted the International Organization for Standardization’s (ISO) Technical Management Board.

Adrian O'Connell,
General Manager of Operations

“The Technical Management Board has a fundamental role in the operation, coordination, strategic planning, and programming of the technical work of the ISO,” said Adrian O’Connell, Australia’s Member of the Technical Management Board.

“It examines proposals for new fields of ISO technical activity and decides on all matters concerning the establishment and dissolution of technical committees. It has a critical agenda-setting role for international standardization,” Mr O’Connell said.

“Australian participation in international standardization is critical to our success as a modern and competitive economy in a globally connected marketplace,” Mr O’Connell said.

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Members of Technical Management Board

ASEAN-Australia-New Zealand Free Trade Area

Standards Australia hosted a two day workshop on international standardization as part of the agreement establishing the ASEAN-Australia-New Zealand Free Trade Area (AANZFTA).

The workshop took place with the support of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade and the International Organization for Standardization (ISO).

“This initiative is fundamental to sustaining economic competitiveness, productivity, and growth across the region,” said Colin Blair, Chief Executive Officer, Standards Australia.

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Participants in the AANZFTA workshop

New Australian Standard for E-Waste

Standards Australia has announced a new Australian/New Zealand Standard for electronic waste. The standard will help to divert e-waste from landfill by providing a rigorous process for its collection, storage, and recycling.

The Joint Australian and New Zealand Standard, ‘AS/NZS 5377:2013 Collection, storage, transport and treatment of end-of-life electrical and electronic equipment’, will outline minimum requirements for the safe and environmentally sound handling of e-waste more

Project Prioritisation and Selection Process and Workshops

The sixth round of project proposals is open for submissions until 20 March 2013 for consideration and selection by the Standards Development Committee (SDC) at its May meeting. For more information about the process visit here

Standards Australia National Sector Managers will be conducting workshops for stakeholders to assist in understanding the Project Prioritisation and Selection Process and forms. We have already convened workshops in Sydney, Melbourne, Canberra and Hobart. The following workshops are coming up shortly, so contact us to secure your place.

Adelaide, 6 March
Cliftons Adelaide, 10:00am – 12:00pm
Lvl 1, 80 King William Street, Adelaide SA 5000

Perth, 11 March
Cliftons Perth, 10:00am – 12:00pm
Parmelia House, Ground Floor,
191 St. George’s Terrace, Perth WA 6000

Brisbane, 13 March
Cliftons Brisbane, 10:00am – 12:00pm
288 Edward Street, Brisbane QLD 4000

Darwin, 15 March
Vibe Hotel - Darwin Waterfront, 10:00am – 12:00pm
7 Kitchener Drive, Waterfront, Darwin NT 0800

All RSVPs or enquiries regarding these workshops should be sent to events@standards.org.au. Please indicate which session you will be attending.

Standards Awards: Call for Nominations

The 2013 Standards Award nominations – recognising significant contributions and outstanding service to standardisation – are open until Thursday, 28 March 2013.

Standards Awards are presented to individuals, and one committee, who have made significant contributions to standardisation and who have demonstrated outstanding service in enabling Standards Australia to achieve the objectives for which it was founded.

Further information regarding the Standard Awards can be found at: http://www.standards.org.au/OurOrganisation/StandardsAwards

Wind Loads for Housing

Standards Australia has published ‘AS 4055 – 2012 Wind loads for housing’. The standard will be referenced in the National Construction Code 2013 edition.

“This standard will be a fundamental technical document for Australia’s building and construction industry,” said Adrian O’Connell, General Manager of Operations, Standards Australia.

“The standard specifies wind speed classes for determining wind loads of buildings. The wind speed classes are for use in the design and construction of housing, and for manufacturing of residential building products,” Mr O’Connell said.

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Australian Standard for Garage Doors

Standards Australia has published a revised Australian Standard for garage doors.

AS/NZS 4505: 2012 Garage doors and other large access doors specifies requirements for the design, construction, and installation of garage doors and other large access doors in external walls of buildings.

“It became clear garage doors were a point of weakness during Cyclone Yasi. As a result our technical committee has updated the Australian/New Zealand Standard to improve building resilience,” said Colin Blair, Chief Executive Officer, Standards Australia more

Standards Australia welcomes Gabriela Ehrlich

Standards Australia this month hosted Gabriela Ehrlich, Global Head of Communications of International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC). Ms Ehrlich shared with us her strategies to promote standards internationally.

Standards Australia and the IEC share a long and proud history. Australia joined the IEC in 1925 and has been an active member ever since. In 2011 Standards hosted the IEC’s 75th General Meeting in Melbourne. We also hosted the General Meeting in Sydney back in 1993.

Book: ‘Recollections of a Professional Engineer’ by George Fox AM

The late E. C. ‘George’ Fox AM contributed much to the engineering profession and was an active member of Standards Australia for many years, receiving the Standards Award in 1994 and serving as an honorary life councillor. Mr Fox died in June 2012 aged 98. His memorial service was held in Pymble on 14 June.

He had a long career with the English Electric company in Britain, India and Australia, rising to be Managing Director for Australasia. At age 55 he formed his own small business, which he ran for the next 43 years – a remarkable feat. He was made a Member of the Order of Australia for services to engineering in 2007 and also received the James N Kirby Award for outstanding contributions to electrical engineering.

Mr Fox had completed the text of his book at the time of his death: “Recollections of a Professional Engineer,” which is a personal account of family and professional life. The hardcover book is available for purchase for $65.00. Cheques are payable to ‘ECF Engineering Pty Ltd’ to PO Box 6004 Pymble NSW 2073, or remit funds to Westpac account number: 34-0180, BSB: 032-186, St Ives NSW branch, SWIFT WPACAU2S, with an identifier.

For more information contact his son Robert Fox, bob@fox-com.com

Sector Updates

Stay across the latest Standards Australia news for your industry sector by viewing the latest Sector Update. Information on approved standards development projects, draft standards that are currently out for public comment, recently published documents and publications that have been withdrawn is available 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.

Review of Aged Standards

Standards Australia is committed to maintaining a contemporary and relevant suite of Australian Standards. Our 7,000 Australian Standards are robust and rigorous documents. To maintain their currency we require the ongoing support of relevant technical committees.

Over the past six months Standards Australia has reviewed our suite of publications over 10 years old and identified Standards which need to be considered for revision, reconfirmation without changes, withdrawal or obsolescence.

Standards Australia’s Project Managers are contacting committees responsible for Standards which require a formal review, to determine if the publication should be reconfirmed, revised, withdrawn or made obsolescent more