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Standards Australia Welcomes Repeal Day

Dr Bronwyn Evans talks to the Australian Financial Review

Industry Leaders Forum with the Hon Bruce Billson MP

Establishment of JTC 1 Study Group on Big Data

IT Governance Forum

Geneva: Is Maglev technology for the future?


Open for Public Comment: Tree Stock for Landscape Use

Sector Updates

Drafts Open for Comment

Special Feature: IEC Workshops hosted by Standards Australia

Standards Australia Welcomes Repeal Day

The nation’s peak standards body, Standards Australia, has welcomed the Commonwealth Government’s Repeal Day in an effort to remove unnecessary regulation, duplication and red tape.

“We welcome the government’s efforts to reduce the regulatory burden to promote innovation, competitiveness and growth more

Dr Bronwyn Evans talks to the Australian Financial Review

“Codify, don’t legislate”

The removal of 8000 redundant laws, some dating back to 1900, is a welcome initiative. It is also a signature policy of the Abbott government, setting the tone for its model of decision-making, and establishing some of their key principles.

All too often we collectively look to government to solve our problems, when we should really be looking at each other.

More often than not, voluntary and consensus-based standards have the imprimatur needed to guide the market, or society, to the desired outcome more


Industry Leaders Forum with the Hon Bruce Billson MP


Melbourne: On Tuesday, 11 March, Standards Australia CEO Dr Bronwyn Evans hosted the Hon Bruce Billson MP, Federal Member for Dunkley and Small Business Minister.

The Minister briefed Standards Australia's Industry Leaders Forum on his agenda for small business and broader government priorities.

Left to right: Dr Bronwyn Evans, Chief Executive Officer, Standards Australia; The Hon Bruce Billson MP, Minister for Small Business; Dr Alan Morrison, Chairman, Standards Australia.

Establishment of JTC 1 Study Group on Big Data

ISO/IEC JTC 1 is Joint Technical Committee 1 of the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) and the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC). It is the standards development environment where experts come together to develop worldwide Information and Communication Technology (ICT) standards for business and consumer applications.

Big Data has been identified as an important future area for JTC 1 focus and a study group on Big Data has been established under JTC 1. This study group will consider Big Data activities across all areas of JTC 1 with the following terms of reference:

Survey the existing ICT landscape for key technologies and relevant standards /models/studies /use cases and scenarios for Big Data from JTC 1, ISO, IEC and other standards setting organizations;
Identify key terms and definitions commonly used in the area of Big Data;
Assess the current status of Big Data standardization market requirements, identify standards gaps, and propose standardization priorities to serve as a basis for future JTC 1 work; and
Provide a report with recommendations and other potential deliverables to the 2014 JTC 1 Plenary.

Participation is open for this Study Group for Australian industry experts who are interested in actively contributing to this exciting new area of Big Data standardisation. Further information can be received from the JTC 1 Project Manager, Jenny Mance: jenny.mance@standards.org.au

IT Governance Forum

Standards Australia convened a panel of industry and government experts in IT Governance this month to discuss how rapid digital change can disrupt existing business practices, potentially threatening the viability of established businesses.

“The forum explored the role of the governing body in evaluating both the threats and opportunities associated with such change,” said Dr Bronwyn Evans, Chief Executive Officer, Standards Australia more

Geneva: Is Maglev technology for the future?


IEC: Railways have constantly improved since they were first introduced. However, they still rely on basically the same principle: train wheels running on steel tracks and causing friction. A technology that sees trains "floating" over a track using magnets and superconductivity may radically change train transport in the future more

Open for Public Comment: Tree Stock for Landscape Use


Standards Australia has announced the draft standard AS 2303 Tree stock for landscape use is now open for public comment.

The objective of this standard is to provide suppliers and purchasers of tree stock with a method to identify quality trees for landscaping.

Growing quality tree stock is important and the starting point for ensuring the long-term success of trees in the landscape more


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


IEC Workshops hosted by Standards Australia

How do you develop an international standard? What does DIS stand for? How does Australia participate in developing international standards?

In late February, Standards Australia together with the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) hosted a two day workshop in Sydney and Melbourne.

The objective of the workshop was to provide an overview of the operations and structure of the IEC to stakeholders and better equip Australian experts who actively participate at the IEC.

Jan-Henrik Tiedermann (IEC Community Services & Support Manager) ran a beginners day, tailored to stakeholders with no to little experience with the IEC, and an experts day, for Standards Australia committee members who engage extensively with the IEC. The forums also provided the opportunity for Australian stakeholders to discuss and suggest how IEC processes and procedures can be improved.

In total the workshops were attended by over 100 stakeholders. Some Australian members who Chair international IEC committees attended and had the following to say about the workshops:

“The workshop setup and information provided a wealth of information. It was exciting to review future technical solutions the IEC are currently working. As Chair of SC 61H this workshop was extremely beneficial and I will be able to use this information to efficiently chair my meetings.”

— Adam Murdoch, Australian Chair, IEC Committee SC 61H – Safety of electrically-operated farm appliances.

“It was a great opportunity to clarify positions and procedures, as well as learning about the new IEC web conferencing facility and possibility for enhancing remote participation – always a key issue for Australia’s representation.”

— Mike Wood, Australian Convenor, IEC Committee 106, MT 3 – Maintenance Team for IEC 62232 – Methods for the assessment of electric, magnetic and electromagnetic fields associated with human exposure.

If you are interested in receiving the workshop material, please contact Julia Dropmann, National Sector Manager: julia.dropmann@standards.org.au

Adam Murdoch (second from right) leading a breakout session on how to improve IEC processes.