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Call for Nominations: Standards Awards 2014

Industry Leaders Forum with the Hon Bob Baldwin MP

The Business Case for Australian Standards

Project Prioritisation and Selection Process

Seminars for Project Prioritisation & Selection Process

Geneva: Asset Management System Standards Published

Event: Using IT Governance to improve business decision making

 

Heatwave Safety: Sun Protection Tips

High Pressure Water Jetting Systems

Standards Australia IT Update

Sector Updates

Drafts Open for Comment

Strengthening New Zealand’s Standards System – Transition Project

Call for Nominations: Standards Awards 2014

 

Nominations are now open for the 2014 Standards Awards – a program recognising excellence in standards development.

Standards Awards are presented to individuals, and one Committee, who have made significant contributions to standards development and who have demonstrated outstanding service in enabling Standards Australia to attain the objectives for which it was founded – to develop internationally aligned Australian Standards in the national interest to enrich the quality of life of all Australians.

For more information, and to nominate a person or committee, please click here

Industry Leaders Forum with the Hon. Bob Baldwin MP

 

Standards Australia looks forward to next month hosting the Hon. Bob Baldwin MP, Federal Parliamentary Secretary for Industry. Mr Baldwin will address the Industry Leaders Forum to discuss key federal policy and economic issues.

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

The Business Case for Australian Standards

 

Australian Standards can be tools for business development, export growth and gaining market share. Here are just some of the benefits:

  • Australian Standards create economies of scale. They cut production costs, increase efficiency, and drive productivity.
  • Australian Standards reduce the time it takes to get products and services to market.
  • Products that conform to Australian Standards have a competitive edge over products that don’t conform.

View the brochure here

Project Prioritisation and Selection Process

The eighth round of project proposals will be open for submissions from 3 February to 19 March 2014 for consideration and selection by the Standards Development Committee (SDC) at its May meeting.

A summary of submissions will be available on our Sector Updates page following the closing date. Proponents will be advised of the outcome of their proposals following the SDC meeting and the Sector Updates page will be updated to list approved projects.

Please use the latest form (available below under 'Proposing a new Standards project') at the date of submission of your proposal.

For more information regarding participation in the Project Prioritisation and Selection Process click here

Future Project Prioritisation and Selection Process Dates

Stakeholders are encouraged to note future Project Prioritisation submission dates and deadlines as follows:

Project Prioritisation 2014
Round 8: Monday, 3 February – Wednesday, 19 March 2014
Round 9: Monday, 11 August – Wednesday, 24 September 2014
Project Prioritisation 2015
Round 10: Monday, 2 February – Wednesday, 18 March 2015
Round 11: Monday, 10 August – Wednesday, 23 September 2015

Seminars for Project Prioritisation & Selection Process

Standards Australia is conducting information seminars on the project proposal process, including an introduction to the new electronic proposal form, in all capital cities in February and March 2014. This will be an opportunity for stakeholders to learn more about the process involved in developing a proposal and also, how to work with the new Standards Australia electronic form.


Date (2014) Location
6 February Standards Australia, Level 10, 20 Bridge Street, Sydney
12 February Cliftons Canberra, Level 2, 10 Moore Street, Canberra
13 February Cliftons Sydney, Level 13, 60 Margaret Street, Sydney
13 February Cliftons Melbourne, Level 1, 440 Collins Street, Melbourne
21 February Cliftons Adelaide, Level 1, 80 King William Street, Adelaide
24 February Cliftons Brisbane, Level 3, 288 Edward Street, Brisbane
25 February Old Woolstore, 1 Macquarie Street, Hobart
26 February Cliftons Melbourne, Level 1, 440 Collins Street, Melbourne
27 February Mantra On The Esplanade, 88 The Esplanade, Darwin
6 March Cliftons Perth, Pamelia House, Ground Floor, 191 St Georges Terrace, Perth


Seminars are scheduled to run from 10am until 12 noon.

Please RSVP your attendance at the Project Proposal Prioritisation Seminars to mail@standards.org.au indicating your chosen city and date.

Geneva: Asset Management System Standards Published

 

The ISO has just published a set of three standards to help companies and organisations get value from their assets:

  • ISO 55000 – Gives an overview of the subject and sets out principles and terminology
  • ISO 55001 – Sets out the requirements of an asset management system
  • ISO 55002 – Provides additional useful guidance for applying ISO 55001

The international standards can be used to manage any assets, from railway sleepers to brand reputation to telecommunications networks. More information is available here

Event: Using IT Governance to improve business decision making

 

Today’s rapidly evolving digital business opportunities rely on innovative models and IT-induced change. These can disrupt existing business practices, potentially threatening the viability of established businesses.

This forum will explore the role of the governing body in evaluating the various threats and opportunities, and discuss the support available through the application of recently published IT Governance standards.

Date: Thursday 13 March 2014, 10am – 1pm
Location: Standards Australia, Level 10, 20 Bridge St, Sydney

Further details on the IT Governance Forum, contact Standards Australia Events at: events@standards.org.au

Heatwave Safety: Sun Protection Tips

 

With south-east Australia recently gripped by heatwaves, Australians are being urged to stay safe by following some basic sun protection tips.

“With extreme weather comes risk, and we’re reminding people to stay vigilant when it comes to sun protection, pool safety, and bushfire preparedness,” said Dr Bronwyn Evans, Chief Executive Officer, Standards Australia. more

High Pressure Water Jetting Systems

Standards Australia has released a new version of AS/NZS 4233.1—2013 High pressure water jetting systems part 1: Safe operation maintenance.

“This Standard is all about providing guidance for appropriate use, maintenance and risk assessment for persons using high pressure water jetting equipment”, said Dr Bronwyn Evans, Chief Executive Officer, Standards Australia.

“It’s important users have clear and specified information for equipment such as hoses and trigger guns when working with high pressure water,” said Dr Evans. more

 
     
 
 

Standards Australia IT Update

Over the last year Standards Australia has made a significant investment into improving our IT systems, including a new Standards Library and a new project management system that will create greater efficiency and ease of use for the end user.

The new Standards Library will provide direct access of each committee’s publications. The initial release will include documents published by Standards Australia and jointly with Standards New Zealand. Automated access to ISO and IEC Standards will be made available at a later date as the new system is enhanced.

The new project management system is a significant transformation for Standards Australia staff. The system will enhance and streamline our internal project and resource management processes.

In order to roll out the new systems, the Standards Hub will be temporarily unavailable between close of business on Friday 14th of February until 9am Friday 21st of February. Temporary processes will be in place to allow for issues such as the submission of Public Comments and Ballots, and the distribution of committee documents.

If you have any questions about your particular projects or committees, please contact the relevant Project Manager. If you have comments about the new systems in general, please contact our Standards Information Service on mail@standards.org.au or 1800 035 822.

Sector Updates

Read about the latest standards development news in your industry sector in our monthly Sector Updates. You will find information on approved standards development projects, draft standards for public comment, and recently published documents here

Drafts Open for Comment

The public comment process is an important part of standards development, providing an opportunity for stakeholders and members of the public to make valuable contributions. A summary of draft standards currently open for comment is available here

 
 
 
 

Strengthening New Zealand’s Standards System – Transition Project

 

As advised in the Standards Australia October 2013 Bulletin, a policy review of New Zealand’s standards and conformance infrastructure commenced in early 2012. The stated purpose of the review was ‘to develop proposals for a viable and well-functioning standards system that meets the needs of business and regulators into the foreseeable future’. At a meeting on 14 October 2013, the New Zealand government agreed to recommendations that will see the Standards Council disestablished and a new standards body established within the government agency, the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment.

The new body will have an independent statutory board – established by legislation and not subject to the direction of ministers – and an independent statutory officer role. Standards will continue to be developed by technical expert committees according to a set of criteria specified in regulations.

Work is ongoing on the transition project. A Standards Bill is expected to be introduced to Parliament early this year which will make the necessary legislative changes.

There is more information on the Standards New Zealand website: www.standards.co.nz

We will update you on progress of the transition of standards development to the Ministry.