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Video: Australian Standards in Action

Ground-Breaking Standard for Smart Grids

Open for Public Comment: Playground Standards

Project Prioritisation and Selection Process

Australian Standard for Grapevine Propagation

Does it Comply?

IEC Paper: Anti-Counterfeiting Best Practice and Strategies

Open for Public Comment: Domestic Fuel Burning Appliances

 

International Acclaim for Committee CS-003

IT-036 Scoops Surveying and Spatial Information Award

Protection of Children with Disabilities and Medical Conditions

Energy Consumption of Solar Heating and Cooling

Standards Australia to host ISO/TC 215 Meeting

Position Available: Standards Development Training Coordinator

PLUS  Sector Updates  |  Drafts Open for Comment  |  Review of Aged Standards

Video: Australian Standards in Action

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Ground-Breaking Standard for Smart Grids

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Standards Australia has published a much anticipated and world-first standard for Smart Grids.

“Smart Grids have the capacity to make energy networks operate more efficiently by integrating users more effectively. This allows for greater reliability of power, reduced costs to produce, deliver and consume electricity,” said Colin Blair, Chief Executive Officer, Standards Australia.

“This important foundational standard will provide the bedrock for future standards development in this emerging field,” more

Open for Public Comment: Playground Standards

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Standards Australia has announced the release of the draft Playground Standard AS 4685 Parts 1 to 6 for public comment.

The public comment process enables stakeholders to participate in the revision of this critical suite of standards for child safety.

The standard is an adoption of the European Standard for Playground Equipment EN 1176:2008 Parts 1 to 6 with some minor deviations that take account of specific Australian safety and design requirements such as higher UV exposure more

Project Prioritisation and Selection Process

In September, Standards Australia received 100 proposals for new projects for consideration under the latest round of the Project Prioritisation and Selection Process. Together these proposals include over 166 Australian Standards projects and three international programs of work.

All proposals will be extensively reviewed and assessed against criteria for eligibility and net benefit. Factors such as referencing in legislation, international alignment, and public priorities will be considered.

The Standards Development Committee (SDC) will meet on 1 November 2013 to consider the results of the evaluation process and approve a portfolio of projects. Project proponents will be notified progressively from this date.

Australian Standard for Grapevine Propagation

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Standards Australia has announced the publication of AS 5588—2013 Grapevine propagation material.

The objective of the standard is to provide the purchaser of grapevine propagation material with assurance as to the origin, varietal identity, physical specifications and health status of grapevine propagation material. The standard was prepared by members of Standards Australia Committee FT-036, Grapevine Quality Assurance more

Does it Comply?

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Australian electrical industry body, the National Electrical and Communications Association (NECA), is raising awareness of the dangers of using electrical products which are not compliant to Australian Standards.

The campaign was developed to complement the new registration scheme for electrical equipment, the Electrical Equipment Safety System (EESS).

Standards Australia is pleased to register its support for the campaign. You can learn more about the Does it Comply? campaign here: www.doesitcomply.com.au

IEC Paper: Anti-Counterfeiting Best Practice and Strategies

Geneva: Counterfeiting and piracy have grown into a global business estimated to exceed US$650 billion per annum.

Counterfeit electrical and electronic products now occupy second place after pharmaceuticals. From components such as fuses, cables and circuit breakers to household equipment, professional work tools and automotive and aviation spare parts, nothing is safe from counterfeiting more

Open for Public Comment: Domestic Fuel Burning Appliances

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Standards Australia has opened two Australian Standards for public comment. The standards relate to the efficiency and emissions of domestic fuel burning appliances.

“These standards are fundamental to improving efficiency and it’s important they are updated to reflect contemporary needs,” Colin Blair, Chief Executive Officer, Standards Australia.

The standards will assist regulatory bodies when setting allowable emission limits for domestic solid fuel burning appliances more

International Acclaim for Committee CS-003

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Washington DC: The Joint Australian/New Zealand Committee CS-003 Safety Requirements for Children's Furniture, has received the prestigious United States Consumer Product Safety Commission Chairman's Commendation Award.

An awards ceremony was held at the headquarters of the Consumer Product Safety Commission in Maryland, United States.

Colin Blair, Chief Executive Officer of Standards Australia, congratulated the chair of the committee, Mr Dave Strachan, and its committee members more

IT-036 Scoops Surveying and Spatial Information Award

The Standards Australia Committee, IT-036 Subsurface Utility Engineering, has been honoured in the NSW Excellence in Surveying and Spatial Information Awards.

The award was received in the 'Extra Dimension & Innovation' category in recognition of the recently published Australian Standard, AS 5488 Subsurface Utility Information.

“I am pleased to congratulate the committee and its chair, Mr Mark Gordon, for the significant work they undertook to produce this important standard,” said Colin Blair, Chief Executive Officer, Standards Australia more

Protection of Children with Disabilities and Medical Conditions

Standards Australia launched an Australian Standard at The Royal Children’s Hospital Melbourne which will assist in protecting children with disabilities and medical conditions in motor vehicles. The purpose of the standard is to reduce the risk of bodily injury to both the child and other occupants in vehicle accidents.

Major changes to AS/NZS 4370:2013 Restraint of children with disabilities, or medical conditions, in motor vehicles include a new comprehensive assessment guide, covering considerations for children with complex and challenging behaviours more

Energy Consumption of Solar Heating and Cooling

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An independent assessment of the performance of solar cooling technology is now available, following Standards Australia’s publication of the Interim Standard AS 5389 (Int) — 2013 Solar heating and cooling systems—Calculation of energy consumption.

The Interim Standard sets out a method of evaluating the annual energy performance of solar cooling and heating systems.

The standard uses test results for components, and a mathematical model, to determine the amount of supplementary conventional energy needed to provide comfort in a standardized Australian home in a range of Australian climates more

Standards Australia to host ISO/TC 215 Meeting

Standards Australia will host the ISO/TC 215 Health Informatics Technical Committee meeting in Sydney from 21 to 25 October 2013. The meeting will provide the members of ISO/TC 215 with an opportunity to further develop international standards in the field of information for health, and Health Information and Communications Technology (ICT) to promote interoperability between independent systems, to enable compatibility and consistency for health information and data, as well as to reduce duplication of effort and redundancies.

The work of ISO/TC 215 Health informatics Technical Committee encompasses standards relating to Healthcare delivery; Disease prevention and wellness promotion; Public health and surveillance; and Clinical research related to health service.

The meeting is expected to attract more than 100 health informatics experts from the 36 participating nations which are represented on the ISO/TC 215 Health Informatics Technical Committee. Standards Australia thanks the Commonwealth Department of Health as lead sponsors of the ISO/TC 215 Health Informatics Technical Committee meeting in Sydney.

Position Available: Standards Development Training Coordinator

Standards Australia has recognised the need to increase efficiencies in knowledge management for all stakeholders. In the past year we have developed training for drafting leaders and other interested committee members. We are now planning the development of online and face-to-face training modules tailored to enhance the skills of specialist roles including committee chairs.

To implement this initiative we are currently recruiting a dedicated Standards Development Training Coordinator. Ideally this new position will attract candidates who have experience in standardisation as well as relevant credentials in training analysis, design and delivery. For further information about this initiative please contact the Head of People & Culture, junita.mushenko@standards.org.au

Sector Updates

Stay across the latest Standards Australia news for your industry sector by viewing the latest Sector Updates. 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 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 and to this end we are undertaking a comprehensive review more