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A Renewed Focus

Industry Leaders Forum with the Hon. Paul Fletcher MP

Australian Standard for Children’s Nightwear

Electric Vehicles Securing Australia’s Future

 

Standards to Support Residential Energy Storage

Young Leaders for 2014–2015 Announced

Sector Updates

Drafts Open for Comment

A Renewed Focus

Standards Australia’s central purpose is to lead and promote an unbiased standards development process and excel in the provision of contemporary, internationally-aligned Standards and related services for the benefit of the Australian community.

This needs to be achieved efficiently and effectively as possible within the constraint of finite resources.

As noted at the mid-year Council meeting Standards Australia has had a long standing policy which is that we must live within our means. We remain vigilant to ensure we continue to be financially sustainable for the long term.

With the benefit of eight months as CEO, from 1 July 2014, I have put in place measures which will ensure that we continue to deliver for you, our stakeholders, with the principles of operational efficiency, performance excellence and financial sustainability front of mind.

This new structure continues the Standards Australia focus on the core business of standards development and effective stakeholder and international engagement.

Our new structure organises the business into 5 departments:

Standards Development led by Kareen Riley-Takos;
Stakeholder Engagement & Public Affairs led by Adam Stingemore;
International & Corporate Services led by Adrian O’Connell;
Finance, Legal & Corporate Governance led by Archer Whetham; and
Information Technology led by Bala Balakrishnan.

Each department has clear responsibilities and accountabilities for delivering on Standards Australia’s strategic objectives aligned with our core mission of providing contemporary, internationally-aligned Standards and related services.

This structure will allow us to continue improving our processes and your overall experience in Standards Development activities.

I look forward to discussing this vision and our performance in more detail with you through the course of the year.

—Dr Bronwyn Evans, CEO

Industry Leaders Forum with the Hon. Paul Fletcher MP

 

Standards Australia last week hosted an Industry Leaders Forum boardroom luncheon meeting with the Hon. Paul Fletcher MP Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Communications.

Mr Fletcher addressed the Industry Leaders Forum event with key Standards Australia’s stakeholders in the Information Technology and Communications sector.

“Standards play a key role in ICT sector – both for the companies developing innovative new products and for the consumers who use them every day. Standards Australia plays an important part in ensuring Australia stays at the forefront of international ICT standards development,” said Paul Fletcher, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Communications.

The meeting provided an opportunity to hear first-hand on the implementation of the Coalition’s Deregulation Agenda and how the Information Technology and Communications sector can assist with this important initiative.

Australian Standard for Children’s Nightwear

Standards Australia has released a new version of the AS/NZS 1249 Children’s nightwear and limited daywear having reduced fire hazard.

The new version of the Standard contains a number of significant changes including:

Rationalisation of the flammability tests and trim requirements;
Modification to the flammability test method to identify materials that melt and drip during testing;
Introduction of new cautionary labels; and
Improvement and clarification of complex parts of the Standard in order to provide users with a more workable document.
 

This Standard specifies requirements for design, labelling and flammability performance for children’s nightwear garments and daywear/underwear that will be commonly worn at night.

The revision is an important step in meeting the safety expectations of parents buying nightwear for their children and ensuring that garments sold in Australia and New Zealand have minimal safety risks. More.

Standards to Support Residential Energy Storage

 

Renewable energy sources are an important part of the energy grid, yet as we all know, the sun does not always shine, the waves are not always in motion and the wind does not always blow. Energy storage is key to enable an effective and efficient energy system.

On June 26, Standards Australia attended and spoke at the Clean Energy Council Workshop on Residential PV Storage in Melbourne. As grid connected residential storage is predicted to increase rapidly in the near future, there is a need for standards which support the safe installation of batteries on PV systems.

The workshop identified the need for standards and formed a working group to further develop the priorities and strategy to support battery storage. If you are interested in being involved in the CEC working group or finding out more about the workshop, please contact Julia Dropmann at julia.dropmann@standards.org.au

Electric Vehicles Securing Australia’s Future

Standards Australia is implementing a prioritised standards work program to support the uptake of electric vehicle technology in Australia. It is a significant program jointly funded by the state governments of New South Wales, Victoria and Queensland, in partnership with the Victoria Automobile Chamber of Commerce and other industry stakeholders.

Technical Committee EM-001 Electric Vehicle Operation has recently published a number of important documents:

SA TR ISO 8713:2014 Electrically propelled road vehicles – Vocabulary
SA TS IEC 62763:2014 Pilot function through a control pilot circuit using PWM modulation and a control pilot wire
AS IEC 61851.24:2014 Electric vehicle conductive charging system – Part 24: Digital communication between a dc EV charging station and an electric vehicle for control of d.c. charging
AS IEC 62196.2:2014 Plugs, socket-outlets, vehicle connectors and vehicle inlets – Conductive charging of electric vehicles – Part 2: Dimensional compatibility and interchangeability requirements for A.C. pin and contact-tube accessories
SA TR IEC 60783:2014 Wiring and connectors for electric road vehicles
AS IEC 61851.23:2014 Electric vehicle conductive charging system – Part 2-3: D.C electric vehicle charging station
AS ISO 6469.3:2014 Electrically propelled road vehicles – Safety specifications – Part 3: Protection of persons against electric shock
AS ISO 6469.1:2014 Electrically propelled road vehicles – Safety specifications – Part 1: On-board rechargeable energy storage system (RESS)
AS ISO 6469.2:2014 Electrically propelled road vehicles – Safety specifications – Part 2: Vehicle operational safety means and protection against failures

Standards Australia would like to thank the EM-001 committee for their hard work and leadership in accomplishing these publications.

 
     
 
 

Young Leaders for 2014–2015 Announced

Standards Australia invited young professionals to participate in the Young Leaders program, which is designed to bring together Australia’s next generation of standards experts. The program provides training and direct exposure to the Standards development process, allowing participants to cultivate and refine the skills required to be successful in the technical committee environment.

The Young Leaders Program for 2014–2015 will be officially launched on 14 July, with a training day and cocktail event. Over the course of the program, the Young Leaders will receive formal training in standards development, as well as negotiation, facilitation and leadership skills. Participants will also be paired with a mentor and have the opportunity to attend relevant technical committee meetings for active standards development projects.

THE 2014–2015 YOUNG LEADERS: Hiren Shah
Ian Bishop Gina Lin Abhinav Suresh
Justin Gavranich Beer Opatsuwan Dan Taylor
Richard Hamber Mark Sedhom Annie Tchung

These Young Leaders, who represent a range of industry interests, were selected from a very competitive field of 25 applicants, who were all asked to provide a written submission addressing the World Standards Day 2013 theme from an Australian perspective:

‘Standards level the playing field’

There was an enormous range of unique ideas in the submissions, including topics such as:

Achieving consistency in quality, design and safety;
Standards allowing large and small organisations to implement efficient production, operational and logistical procedures to further refine their bottom dollar;
Australian businesses tapping into global supply chains by utilising international standards; and
Test harmonisation.

Standards Australia is looking forward to working with the Young Leaders and their industry mentors during the 2014 program.

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