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Embracing International Standards

Ninth Round of Project Prioritisation Concluded

Introducing the Stakeholder Engagement & Public Affairs Team

Forum: Protective Helmets for Vehicle Users

Partner with Standards Australia for an International Biometrics Meeting in 2016

Harmonising Building and Construction Standards in New Caledonia

 

Call for Participation in National Committee on Fine Bubble Technology

Engineers Australia Convention 2014

Save the Date: Food Safety Week and Food Sector Forum

Filling Fast: Drafting Leaders Workshops

Sector Updates

Drafts Open for Comment

Embracing International Standards


 
The newly released Federal Government Industry Innovation and Competitiveness Agenda sets out a clear vision of a “nimble economy, capitalising on Australia’s strengths”. It articulates the Governments ambitions in the areas of:
  • The business environment: making it easier to do business;
  • The labour force: increasing workforce skills;
  • Infrastructure: improving project selection, funding, financing, delivery and usage; and
  • Industry policy: refocusing to drive innovation and entrepreneurship.
One of the key reforms in support of creating a lower cost, business-friendly environment is the acceptance of international standards. This reform initiative is welcomed and applauded by Standards Australia. That the Government is in favour of less regulation should be the default position for any thriving, innovative economy.

The Government estimates that hundreds of millions of dollars will be saved through businesses using a streamlined regulatory approval process that reduces duplicative domestic regulation by adopting the principle that if a system, service or device has been approved under a trusted international standard or risk assessment, then Australian regulators should not impose any additional requirements.

The increasing acceptance of international standards also bodes well for the harmonisation of standards nationwide, and is another example of “levelling the playing field” – the theme for World Standards Day this year.

More than half the standards we published last year were aligned with international standards. Standards Australia has always supported international alignment of standards and we will continue to take this approach where possible.

We look forward to an active dialogue with you (our stakeholders) as the Government’s agenda progresses.

—Dr Bronwyn Evans, CEO

Ninth Round of Project Prioritisation Concluded


Standards Australia has concluded assessments of projects through the ninth round of project prioritisation. A strong set of 198 projects were received, and on 31 October the Standards Development Committee – the governance committee responsible for the process – met and endorsed the round.

Over the coming weeks, Standards Australia will be informing proponents and committees of the outcomes of this round. Work will commence on these newly approved projects from January 2015.

The tenth round will be open for new project proposal submissions from 2 February 2015 and will close on 18 March 2015. Standards Australia’s National Sector Managers are available to assist proponents in developing submissions. Their profiles and contact details may be found below.

Introducing the Stakeholder Engagement & Public Affairs Team


From left: Adam Stingemore, Jennifer Harwood, Damian Fisher, Alison Scotland, Jonathan Russell, Varant Meguerditchian, Kerri Major.

Standards Australia's National Sector Managers are available to discuss standardisation needs relevant to your sector or to assist you with the preparation of a new project proposal. The National Sector Managers are Damian Fisher, Alison Scotland, Jonathan Russell, and Varant Meguerditchian, led by Jennifer Harwood, Senior National Sector Manager. For enquiries on media engagement and public communications, contact Kerri Major, the Communications and Media Manager. The team is headed by General Manager Adam Stingemore.

For contact details and team member profiles visit our website.

Forum: Protective Helmets for Vehicle Users


 
Standards Australia is committed to developing and maintaining internationally aligned Australian Standards that add to the net benefit of the community.

Stakeholders are invited to participate in a forum that will highlight the development opportunities with AS/NZS 1698:2006 Protective helmets for vehicle users, and work towards finding an acceptable solution for industry, consumers, regulators and government authorities.

Having regard to the issues in this area, our discussions will focus on:
International and regional harmonisation;
Regulatory harmonisation across jurisdictions; and
A range of other matters related to safety, certification and supply.

Attendees will hear from guest speakers on the issues facing the motorcycle industry and have the opportunity to contribute to this discussion.

Date: Thursday 19 February 2015
Time: 9:30 am to 2:00 pm
Venue: Standards Australia, Level 10, 20 Bridge Street, Sydney
RSVP: This is a complimentary forum and places are limited. To confirm your attendance, please RSVP by Friday 30 January to nsm@standards.org.au providing your name, organisation and email address 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

Partner with Standards Australia for an International Biometrics Meeting in 2016


Standards Australia has been invited to consider hosting the ISO/IEC JTC 1/SC 37 Biometrics Plenary and related Working Group meetings in 2016. The event will be a worldwide gathering of biometric technical experts from some 41 countries.

This will be the first time that Australia hosts this event. As part of the initiative, Standards Australia is planning an industry workshop and a networking reception.

The plenary week will include a mix of planning and working group meetings, where new international biometrics standards initiatives will be launched, progress expected to be made on existing projects and the future of biometrics carefully considered.

During the week about six individual working group meetings will cover everything from a harmonised biometric vocabulary; to technical implementation of biometric systems; and cross-jurisdictional and societal aspects of biometrics.

This meeting offers a great opportunity to highlight Australia’s innovation, capability, products and services to an international audience of biometric experts. It is also a prime opportunity for Australia to show its leadership role to the international standards and information technology communities.

For further information and to partner with Standards Australia on this exciting opportunity, please refer to this PDF and contact Damian Fisher, Senior International Development Manager, on +61 2 9237 6098 or email damian.fisher@standards.org.au

Harmonising Building and Construction Standards in New Caledonia


 
Standards Australia recently signed a three-way agreement with AFNOR (the French national standards body) and the New Caledonian government on a project to set up a framework of standards for the building and construction sector in New Caledonia.

New Caledonia has historically used Franco-French Standards, CEN Standards and Eurocodes to define how they should work in the building and construction sector. The New Caledonian Government sought Standards Australia’s assistance to harmonise standards in the building and construction sector and to share experience and best practices from the Australian perspective.

Early work on the project began in late 2013, and at the ISO General Assembly in Rio in September 2014 Standards Australia signed an MOU with AFNOR to acknowledge our partnership in the project. AFNOR and Standards Australia were invited by the Government of New Caledonia to undertake a fact finding mission in New Caledonia from 6–10 October 2014.

The program for this visit comprised roundtable sessions with industry, technical laboratories, professional bodies and government technical departments. The aim of these roundtables has been to uncover any concerns and suggestions for the project. Three product areas have been identified as high priority: cement and concrete (including steel reinforcement in cement); corrugated iron sheets and metallic structures; and foundations.

The visit to New Caledonia was an excellent start to the project. This initial phase of the project will be finalised in late 2015 when a report on standards harmonisation for the building and construction sector is presented to the New Caledonia Government.

Call for Participation in National Committee on Fine Bubble Technology


Imagine very tiny bubbles in water that could help you clean your kitchen faster and more efficiently, or help grow larger vegetables in less time.

This is the promise of a new technology, known as Fine Bubble Technology, which infuses water with ultra-fine bubbles smaller than the wavelength of light. While still a nascent technology, it has already found a number of applications in a wide range of industries, such as cleaning, sterilisation, agriculture, fisheries, food production, beverages, medical, pharmaceutical, cosmetics and healthcare.

 
In October, Standards Australia hosted a seminar where Dr Toshihiro Fujita, Chair of the Japanese National Mirror Committee of ISO/TC 281 Fine Bubble Technology, spoke about the technology's origins, the work of the Fine Bubble Industries Association and the ISO/TC 281 international committee.

Seminar participants included independent experts, regulators, interest groups, and representatives from the food, packaging, engineering, cosmetics and chemicals industries. Participants felt that although Fine Bubble Technology was still in the early stages of development, it had great potential and could play a significant role in the Australian and global economy in the future. There was agreement that Australia should participate in the ongoing work on international standards on Fine Bubble Technology to facilitate the speed-to-market of this technology.

Given the interest from participants at the seminar, Standards Australia will establish an Australian national mirror committee, with the intention of becoming an observing member at the ISO/TC 281 Fine Bubble Technology committee.

We welcome further input from experts and industry groups. Parties and individuals interested in providing input or joining the committee are welcome to contact Alison Scotland, National Sector Manager, at alison.scotland@standards.org.au or 02 9237 6088.

Further information:
Video: Fine Bubble Industries Association on Youtube
Article: ISO News: "The fine bubble breakthrough"

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.
 
     
 
 

Filling Fast: Drafting Leaders Workshops


Due to popular demand Standards Australia has announced more Drafting Leaders Workshops for Committee Members in 2014. Workshops are filling fast and additional dates have been scheduled.

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.

Limited places are still available for workshops on Thursday 20 November, Friday 28 November and Wednesday 3 December 2014. Registration for all workshops closes on 7 November. Do register soon to avoid disappointment.

Visit our Drafting Leaders Workshop page for full details, schedule and registration form.

For all workshop enquiries please contact Kate Fraser on 02 9237 6037 or sd.trainer@standards.org.au

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