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The 37th ISO General Assembly: Spotlight on Millennials

New Energy Audit Standards

Technical Seminar on Fine Bubble Technology

Engineers Australia Convention 2014

Save the Date: Food Safety Week and Food Sector Forum


Drafting Leaders Workshops – November 2014

International Updates

Sector Updates

Drafts Open for Comment

The 37th ISO General Assembly: Spotlight on Millennials

The ISO General Assembly (ISO GA) is an annual meeting of ISO members from over 170 countries. This year the ISO GA was held in September in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil. Standards Australia, as the peak standards body for Australia, represented Australia at the Rio meeting.

A quick glance at the ISO General Assembly agenda could have led the casual observer to reach the conclusion that the week would be a series of dry and boring meetings.

But at least three things made sure that this week was anything but boring: the papers and the pre-reading for the plenary session; the many side meetings that were held in addition to the formal agenda (these bilateral meetings take up the breakfast, lunch and dinner time slots); and the other attendees – there were over 500 delegates from 176 countries, all the way from Afghanistan and Albania to Zambia and Zimbabwe.

However, it is the pre-reading papers that I want to focus on because they contain many gems.

In Rob Steele’s “Secretary General’s report to the 37th ISO General Assembly” he mentioned the recent Deloitte publication “The Millennial Survey”. This is their third annual millennial survey and it explores what Gen Y wants from business, government and the future workplace. The high-level summary is that Gen Y wants to work for organisations that foster innovative thinking, develop their skills and make a positive contribution to society.

And why is this important for Standards Australia? Because by 2020 almost half the workforce will be made up of “millennials”. And according to the Deloitte survey, that could mean that 70% of future leaders might ‘reject’ traditional and current business practices, preferring to work independently using the benefits and tools of digital technology.

The ISO Secretary General identified three goals to address the challenge of being relevant to these future leaders. These are:

1. To be the best at building communities worldwide;
2. To be the most efficient in what ISO does, especially in developing standards; and
3. To make ISO standards accessible, trusted and used by all.

It is no surprise that these goals are absolutely valid, relevant and important for standards bodies globally too. But the critical question is: how to achieve these goals?

To achieve transformational goals like these requires planning, preparation and new practices.

At Standards Australia we have started on this transformation journey with the investment in a new enterprise project management system (code-named “IRIS”), e-Library and remote meeting capability. But there is more, much more, we need to do.

We will be working with you, our stakeholders, to finding answers to the challenges that will allow us to successfully navigate our way on this transformation journey. Our challenges are:

1. How to build successful communities in 2020;
2. How to be the best, the most efficient and the most effective in developing standards (simpler, faster, better); and
3. How to continue to enhance our reputation to ensure our standards are trusted, used by all and accessible.

As the Brazilians say, adeus and obrigado!

—Dr Bronwyn Evans, CEO

New Energy Audit Standards for the Property, Industrial and Transport Sectors

Energy audits are an integral part of the energy management process. They determine how efficiently energy is being consumed, identify energy and cost saving opportunities, and highlight potential improvements in building services and occupant comfort.

Standards Australia has published three new Australian Standards for energy audits. The joint Australian and New Zealand Standards replace AS/NZS 3598:2000 Energy audits, and assist organisations in undertaking appropriate types of audit for their activities. The suite of three new Australian Standards provide separate instruction for the energy audit of commercial buildings; industrial and related activities; and transport related activities.

AS/NZS 3598.1, Energy audits, Part 1: Commercial buildings
AS/NZS 3598.2, Energy audits, Part 2: Industrial and related activities
AS/NZS 3598.3, Energy audits, Part 3: Transport related activities

These energy audit documents are designed to allow organisations to better assess the energy performance of their activities and to enable better energy performance. The documents constitute part of the program of work undertaken by the Standards Australia’s EN-001 Energy Auditing, which comprised representatives of government, industry and professional organisations. The work was funded and supported by the Commonwealth Department of Industry, State Governments and the Government of New Zealand.

You can purchase a copy of the standards from SAI Global.

Technical Seminar on Fine Bubble Technology

Places are still available for an upcoming seminar exploring the many potential applications of this innovative technology.

In Australia, fine bubble technology is still relatively new. Fine Bubble is an innovative technology with the potential to be used in applications over a wide range of industries, such as cleaning, sterilisation, agriculture, fisheries, food production, beverages, medical, pharmaceutical and healthcare.

As the technologies of Fine Bubble generation and measurement have advanced, various applications of Fine Bubble technology have been reported. Register your interest to attend the upcoming Fine Bubble Technology forum, and learn how one of the key industries in the near future can be further developed in Australia.

The workshop aims to update stakeholders on key international efforts to standardise Fine Bubble Technology principles. Join Dr Toshihiro Fujita, Chair of the Japanese National Mirror Committee of ISO/TC 281 Fine Bubble Technology, as he provides us with the latest updates and trends. Discussion topics include fine bubble technology generation, measurement, applications, and the importance of international standardisation.

It will also be an opportunity to contribute input into Australia’s position, and determine whether involvement at an international level is appropriate for the industry. More information about Fine Bubble Technology from the ISO website.

Date: Wednesday 8 October 2014
Time: 10am – 1:00 pm. Registration from 9:30 am
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 Tuesday 30 September 2014 to nsm@standards.org.au providing your name, title and organisation details.

Light lunch to be provided – please advise of any specific dietary requirements by RSVP.

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

Engineers Australia Convention 2014

The future of Australia’s manufacturing sector, climate change and the role of nuclear energy are just some of the big issues to be debated when thousands of engineers of all disciplines descend on Melbourne for Convention 2014 – the largest engineering event ever held in the southern hemisphere.

Organised by Engineers Australia, Convention 2014 has attracted the superstars of the engineering and science world. Expected to draw around 5,000 delegates, Convention 2014 is made up of six conferences covering defence, applied mechanics, climate change, complex projects, telecommunications and leadership.

The event will deliver a range of technical conferences and seminars, more than a dozen workshops, symposiums, forums and site tours.

Convention 2014 will take place at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre, from 24 to 28 November. To register, please visit the packages and prices page at www.convention2014.org.au. Discount registrations are available to members of Engineers Australia.

Save the Date: Food Safety Week and Food Sector Forum

November and December will see some key activities for everything food-related. The action kicks off with Australian Food Safety Week (9 to 16 November 2014), coordinated by the Food Safety Information Council. The theme will be the Temperature Danger Zone – keeping hot food hot and cold food cold. Food poisoning bacteria can survive and grow rapidly if food is left out in temperatures above 5°C and under 60°C. Find out how you or your organisation can be involved from foodsafety.asn.au

Standards Australia is hosting a Food Sector Forum on Friday 5 December 2014. We will be joining with Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ) to provide an update on current activities within the sector. We will also be exploring and identifying any new opportunities for standards development.

Drafting Leaders Workshops – November 2014

Due to popular demand Standards Australia is announcing another round of Drafting Leaders Workshops for Committee Members in November 2014.

The aim of providing the workshops is to increase knowledge amongst Committee Members in relation to the writing styles and structure of Standards documents. The workshops are aimed at Committee Members who have accepted a Drafting Leader role within their committees and have had prior exposure to the Standards development process.

Click here for the full workshop details and registration form.

International Updates

Standards Australia represents our nation within the two major international standardising bodies, the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) and the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC). We coordinate the attendance of Australian experts at international meetings and participate extensively in the preparation of a wide range of international standards. We are extremely active within the international standardisation movement and a number of our senior management team members hold important voluntary offices on international standards bodies.

Visit the International Updates page on our website to learn 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