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Standards Awards 2014

Cloud Computing Workshop – Making the Cloud Work for You

Upcoming Forum: Standards to Boost Energy Productivity

Thermal Imaging Forum

New ISO Standard Makes its Mark

Standards Australia Committee Member Deed

 

Young Leaders Program – Call for Mentors

Subsidies for Travel to International Standardisation Meetings

Sector Updates

Drafts Open for Comment

Special Feature: Strengthening New Zealand’s Standards System

Standards Awards 2014

 

Standards Awards recognise those who have demonstrated outstanding service to our organisation and the community. They are presented to individuals and one committee that have made significant contributions to standards development.

The Standards Awards were presented at the Mid-Year Council meeting on Friday 23 May 2014. The following people received this important honour:

Brian Phillips – Distinguished Service Award
Rod Johnston – Meritorious Contribution, National
Alan Law – Meritorious Contribution, National
Judith Ellis, Ken Guthrie and Jim Munro – Meritorious Contribution, International (and appropriately, all were participating in International Committee meetings last week and could not attend the award presentation)
Brian Phillips – Distinguished Service Award
CS-086 – Burning Behaviour – Textile Products, Floor Coverings and Furniture – Meritorious Committee Award, which was accepted by Dale Carroll, Chair of CS-086 technical committee.

Cloud Computing Workshop – Making the Cloud Work for You

 

Why providers and customers are trying to standardise common building blocks for Service Level Agreements.

In Australia, cloud computing is still relatively new. In particular, definitions relating to Service Level Agreements and Terminology are rather cloudy. To help address this important issue, Standards Australia is hosting a workshop to be held on Tuesday 24 June 2014. The workshop aims to update stakeholders on key international efforts to standardise Service Level Agreements and Terminology. Presentations will cover Australia’s activities in the development of an International Standard. It will also be an opportunity to hear from government and industry experts leading this work, as well as contribute input into Australia’s position. Further details on the workshop can be found here

Upcoming Forum: Standards to Boost Energy Productivity

How can Australia boost energy productivity to support sustainable and competitive Australian industries and energy markets?

Standards Australia together with government, industry and relevant stakeholders is currently developing standards on energy audits.

AS/NZS 3598 – Energy Audits will enable companies to change the way they use energy in commercial buildings, industrial and transport operations. It will provide an important framework to identify and implement energy efficiency measures to lower consumption and costs, improve productivity and reduce demand for energy network infrastructure.

We invite you to hear from a number of speakers on the business and productivity benefits of this standard.

The forum will also discuss international standards such as ISO 50001 – Energy Management and its supporting standards. Participants will be given the opportunity to discuss and support the potential adoption of these standards in Australia to encourage continuous improvement in energy productivity.

Date: 3 July 2014

Time: 10am – 2:30 pm. Registration from 9:30 am.
Light lunch to be provided – please advise of any specific dietary requirements by RSVP.

Venue: Standards Australia, Exchange Centre, Level 10, 20 Bridge Street, Sydney

RSVP: This is a complimentary forum and places are limited. To confirm your attendance, please RSVP by Thursday 26 June 2014 to nsm@standards.org.au providing your name, title and organisation details.

For further information please contact Alison Scotland, National Sector Manager on 02 9237 6088 or alison.scotland@standards.org.au

Thermal Imaging Forum

 

Standards Australia held a thermal imaging forum on 20 May 2014. The forum brought together experts from a range of different sectors to discuss the needs and challenges of the thermal imaging industry.

Participants discussed opportunities to develop thermal imaging standards in the areas of:

Electrical;
Building;
Mechanical; and
Pest inspections.

International standards alignment was agreed as a priority, and the group identified a set of champions from each sector to lead the development of an appropriate work program. For further information about the thermal imaging group and to find out how to become involved, contact the National Sector Management team.

New ISO Standard Makes its Mark

 

Sustainable development of communities – Indicators for city services and quality of life.

A landmark ISO standard outlining key measurements for evaluating a city's service delivery and quality of life has just been published. Its use will help city managers, policy makers, researchers, business leaders, planners, designers and other professionals to focus on key issues, and put in place policies for more liveable, tolerant, sustainable, resilient, economically attractive and prosperous cities more

Watch the video: http://youtu.be/eGXqsYXNol4

 
     
 
 

Standards Australia Committee Member Deed

Standards Australia has recently updated its Committee Member Deed. The new document refers to Standards Australia’s Privacy Policy, which has also been updated in light of changes to the Privacy Act 1988.

Standards Australia will be sending a copy of the new Deed to participants on technical committees, sub-committees and working groups which have active national projects, participate internationally or who are responsible for the maintenance and review of current Aged Standards. Other Committee Members will be asked to sign this document when new projects commence and access to the Hub, our Committee workspace, is required.

Members seeking nomination to attend ISO or IEC meetings will also be asked to provide their consent to the relevant information being made available to ISO and IEC and their Secretariats when completing Standards Australia’s Nomination and Funding form.

If you have any queries regarding this process please contact us at mail@standards.org.au

Young Leaders Program – Call for Mentors

The Young Leaders Program includes a formal mentoring component to assist the participants throughout their development process.

Some benefits of being a mentor are:

Assist a young professional with their standards career;
Watch your mentee develop over the course of the program;
Help future or current technical experts cope with committee issues; and
Give guidance to the next generation of committee members and help develop them as leaders.

Expectations for mentors are:

Mentor one Young Leader in standards development, general career progression, and leadership development;
Set goals with your mentee for the program duration;
Keep in contact with your mentee every 4-6 weeks in person, via telephone, email or Skype;
Attend three half-day workshops with the Young Leaders (essential); and
Have your mentee attend two of your committee meetings as an observer.

Mentors do not necessarily need to be from the same technical field as their mentees, but be experienced with standards development and keen to provide supportive guidance to the Young Leaders on standards development as well as career progression. Please note that mentors may be matched with a participant who may not have committee experience.

A coaching session on advice for mentors and Young Leaders will be held at the beginning of the program. The session will outline how to build an effective mentoring relationship and enable the mentor and mentee to set goals for the program duration.

Your support for the development of the next generation of standards experts is invaluable to the success of the program.

If you are interested in being a mentor, please contact Alison Scotland at young.leaders@standards.org.au or 02 9237 6088.

Subsidies for Travel to International Standardisation Meetings

Currently Australia participates on 381 technical committees and sub-committees developing international standards, which cover a broad range of topic areas. The demand from Australian stakeholders to participate in international activities has increased over the years as the coverage of areas which are standardised increases and as Australian stakeholders further understand the importance and value of international standardisation.

To enable participation on international standardisation activities, resources from both Standards Australia and from funding received from the Department of Industry (DOI) are used. Standards Australia receives funding from DOI for Australians to participate in international standardisation activities, through the Support for Industry Service Organisations (SISO) Program. These funds are provided as part of the Government’s commitment to the development and adoption of international standards, as well as the government’s obligations under the WTO agreement on Technical Barriers to Trade.

The Commonwealth’s SISO Program is intended to supplement funds from other sources since it is expected that other Australian organisations will also provide practical support for international standardisation activities by contributing to the cost of participation. This is consistent with the government’s position that participation in international standardisation activities is a partnership and should be co-funded with industry.

The Standards Development Committee (SDC) has recently reviewed the subsidies provided to delegates attending international meetings in conjunction with estimated travel costs and the level of delegate participation over recent years. As a result new subsidies for airfares and daily stipends have been calculated and will take effect for travel from 1 July 2014 and are as follows:

Region Airfare Daily Stipend
Europe $2,700 $370
Asia – north / mid $1,600 $300
Asia – south $1,400 $230
North America $2,600 $340
South America $2,900 $290
Africa $2,500 $270
Middle East $2,300 $250

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

Background

In October 2013, the New Zealand Government made decisions on the future of the Standards Council and Standards New Zealand following a review undertaken by the government agency, the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE).

The decisions included that:

A new standards model will replace the Standards Council and Standards New Zealand;
Standards and standards development committee membership approval will be undertaken by an independent statutory board;
Standards development will be undertaken by an independent statutory officer function within MBIE using independent committees; and
Independent committees will continue to comprise industry and technical experts, consumer representatives, and regulators.

A governance group (the Implementation Oversight Group) was established to oversee the transition of the national standards body function into the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE).

The oversight group is made up of senior staff from MBIE and Standards New Zealand, as well as the chair and a member of the existing Standards Council, and meets fortnightly.

May 2014 Update

A legislation change is required before the new standards model can take effect. The Standards and Conformance Bill will disestablish the Standards Council and establish the new model. The Bill is expected to be introduced into Parliament this year, but is unlikely to be passed before Parliament rises at the end of July prior to the general election in September. The timeline for implementation of the new structure is presently expected to be mid to late 2015.

In the meantime, it is business as usual for Standards New Zealand as they continue to provide support for standards development. This includes joint development with Standards Australia, approval, maintenance, and access to standards.

To keep up to date with Standards New Zealand visit: standards.co.nz/touchstone/