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CEO Report: One Set of Rules for All

Nominations for Standards Awards Now Open till 13 March

For Public Comment: Revision to Australian Standards on Organic and Biodynamic Products

Forum: Business Ethics for Engineers

Forum Outcomes: Harness Anchors

Forum Outcomes: Protective Helmets for Vehicle Users

The Voice of the Consumer in Standardisation

 

Standards Australia Road Show: Prioritisation Process and Focus for 2015

DesignBUILD 2015

AIIA Summit: “Navigating the Internet of Things”

Learn to Draft a Standard at a Drafting Leaders Workshop

10th Round of Project Prioritisation Open Now

International Update

Sector Updates

Drafts Open for Comment

CEO Report: One Set of Rules for All


 
All economies need regulation to function. Our economic competitiveness, productivity and quality of life are all affected by the effectiveness of regulatory structures. Quite rightly, there is a lot of attention on deregulation and “removing red tape” in Australia.

But it is equally important to get the balance and the details right. Over- or under- regulation can both be burdensome to businesses and the community.

Even when we have a national standard, we can reduce a lot of inefficacies if we harmonise regulation across the country. One single set of rules for all just makes sense. A very topical example of this is the regulation for the supply and use of motorcycle helmets.

In February, Standards Australia held a forum on motorcycle helmet standards and regulation.

Motorcycle helmets are clearly an important issue in road safety regulation. National road safety statistics show that last year, motorcycle riders made up 16 per cent of serious casualties, even though motorcycle usage accounts for just one per cent of vehicle-kilometres travelled.

The Commonwealth, States and Territories have set regulations for the supply and use of motorcycle helmets. The problem is that there is no single set of rules across all jurisdictions for what helmets you can buy and what helmets you can use.

There is a voluntary Australian Standard which is called up by some jurisdictions but not in a uniform way. Some jurisdictions have adopted or are looking to adopt an international UN/ECE standard alongside the Australian Standard. We support this as an appropriate way for governments to regulate.

There is no logic to the fact that a motorcyclist riding across Australia would have to stop at the border and change helmets to ensure that they comply with that state’s regulations. Motorcyclists need confidence that the rules are the same, and that they are not going to be fined for infringing local laws. Importers and suppliers also need consistent rules when assessing business risks.

This should be a matter of priority for all governments. The solution does not mean more regulation or mandating the use of the Australian Standard. Such a critical issue requires coordination and consultation across all states in a country to establish a harmonised set of rules and a common framework.

The National Construction Code is an example of how a common framework could work. The Australian Building Codes Board develops one national building code that has been adopted by each state and territory. Bringing nine governments together to develop a single code has been a huge effort involving time, effort, compromise and commitment. The alternative – nine different building codes – would be almost unthinkable and definitely undesirable.

Standards Australia is keen to facilitate an open dialogue with all federal and state governments to find a resolution for the current issues on motorcycle helmets regulation.

True deregulation lies in all jurisdictions working together to achieve a common system and harmonised set of rules. This would be an excellent deregulation outcome and one we would urge all jurisdictions to embrace.

—Dr Bronwyn Evans, CEO

Nominations for Standards Awards Now Open till 13 March


 
Do you know someone who has contributed greatly to standardisation in Australia? Nominate them today for Standards Australia’s prestigious Standards Awards.

The annual Standards Awards recognises excellence in the field of standardisation.

This year we are pleased to announce the creation of two new award categories in addition to the Meritorious Contribution – National; Meritorious Contribution – International; and Outstanding Committee Award.

To honour the exceptional contribution and foresight of William Rayner Hebblewhite O.B.E., Standards Australia’s first and longest serving Chief Executive Officer (from July 1924 until March 1953), we have renamed the Outstanding/Distinguished Service Award the W.R. Hebblewhite Medal.

The new Young Leader Award seeks to reward and acknowledge young professionals who are highly involved in standardisation. Recipients will have a proven ability to effectively represent their sector in national or international committee deliberations and a willingness to take on an active role in the committee or champion related projects or initiatives.

We have received some great nominations already and we look forward to receiving more. Self nominations are also accepted. Tell us who you think deserves an award today.

Full details of the awards and the nomination process can be found at the awards page on our website.

Nominations are open until Friday 13 March 2015 and winners will be announced in the April edition of E-News.

For Public Comment: Revision to Australian Standards on Organic and Biodynamic Products


 
The Australian Standard AS 6000-2009 Organic and biodynamic products serves as a guide for industry, producers and consumers on all aspects of the organic and biodynamic industry, from production and preparation to labelling and marketing.

The Standard provides minimum requirements for products with labelling that states or implies they have been produced under organic or biodynamic systems.

Mr Richard Souness, Chairman of Technical Committee FT-032, Organic and Biodynamic Products, said, “AS 6000 aims to protect consumers against deceptive and unsubstantiated product claims, and also protect organic producers against misinterpretation of other agricultural products as organic.”

The Standard is now being revised to take into account updated requirements, methods and technology, in consultation with many stakeholders such as the Australian Food and Grocery Council, Australian Organic, Biodynamic Agriculture Australia, and the Australian National Retailers Association, to name a few.

The proposed revisions include, among others, updated requirements for the conversion of land into a production system for organic or biodynamic products; and requirements for livestock housing and range management.

Standards Australia invites public comment on the revised AS 6000. The public comment period started on Tuesday 17 February and lasts 9 weeks. The last day for public comment will be Tuesday 21 April 2015.

All draft Standards for public comment, along with instructions on how to comment, can be found on our "Drafts Open for Public Comment" page.

Read more at our News Room.

Forum: Business Ethics for Engineers


Professional engineers should always behave in an ethical manner. But what are ‘ethics’ and, indeed, what is ‘professional’, and how can we ensure we are always ethical in a changing and ruthless business world?

Come listen to speaker Dr Phil Hopkins who will explain what is meant by ‘ethics’ and ‘professional’ and emphasise the importance of business ethics. Dr Phil Hopkins is an independent consultant who was previously Executive Director of the pipeline engineering company Penspen Limited., UK, and Managing Director of the pipeline engineering consultants, Andrew Palmer and Associates.

The technical experts who work on Standards Australia committees are often engineers from a wide range of disciplines and Standards Australia cooperates closely with key engineering partners, Engineers Australia and The Warren Centre for Advanced Engineering. This free event is an opportunity for professionals from across our three organisations to come together to discuss business ethics for engineers.

Date: Tuesday 17 March 2015
Venue: Standards Australia, Exchange Centre, Level 10, 20 Bridge Street, Sydney
Time: 8:00 to 9:30 am, registration from 7:30 am

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

Further details can be found in the forum invitation (PDF). This is a complimentary forum and places are limited, so please RSVP by Friday 13 March to events@standards.org.au providing your name, organisation and email address.

Forum Outcomes: Harness Anchors


 
Standards Australia held an open forum on 12 February 2015 on the joint Australian/New Zealand Standard AS/NZS 5532:2013 Manufacturing requirements for single-point anchor device for harness-based work at height.

Following its publication in 2013, Standards Australia received four proposals in September 2014 to revise the Standard. After careful evaluation, Standards Australia found that these proposals required a clear scope and broad stakeholder support. We therefore hosted a public engagement forum to discuss next steps.

The objective of the forum was for Standards Australia to engage stakeholders on the Standards development process, discuss issues and challenges with AS/NZS 5532:2013, identify a clear scope for potential revisions to the Standard, and to agree on the next steps.

Forum participants heard speakers from Standards Australia’s Technical Committee SF-015, WorkCover NSW and the Working at Heights Association. They also had a discussion on key issues in test requirements and challenges in application of the Standard.

Forum participants broadly agreed that the next steps for any potential revision of the Standard would be for a party to submit a proposal to Standards Australia, with a clearly defined project scope incorporating the three areas for revision as agreed upon in the forum, a well-defined net benefit case and evidence of broad stakeholder support.

Download the forum outcomes PDF.

For further information contact Jennifer Harwood, Senior National Sector Manager, on 02 9237 6041 or jennifer.harwood@standards.org.au

Forum Outcomes: Protective Helmets for Vehicle Users


 
An open forum was held by Standards Australia on Thursday 19 February 2015 regarding motorcycle helmet standards and regulation in Australia.

Present at the forum was a broad range of stakeholders from government, industry, consumer and user groups, importers/exporters, testing and certification bodies, manufacturers and regulatory bodies.

The purpose of the forum was to engage stakeholders in a comprehensive conversation highlighting the current concerns with motorcycle helmet standards, regulation, and certification, and working towards finding an acceptable solution for industry, consumers, regulators and government authorities.

Forum participants heard speakers from the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC), state regulators, Standards Australia’s Technical Committee CS-076, the Consumers’ Federation of Australia (CFA), the Motorcycle Council of NSW and Australian Motorcycle Council.

An open panel discussion was also held with all the speakers and forum participants were given the chance to ask questions on topics such as adoption of international standards, ambiguity of certain road rules and regulation, test requirements in the Australian Standard and challenges in application, and a range of issues related to safety, costs and certification of helmets.

Standards Australia reiterated the call for one set of harmonised rules across all jurisdictions. In terms of next steps, Standards Australia will look to facilitate an open dialogue at the both the federal and state/territory government levels to reduce ambiguity in this area.

Download the forum outcomes PDF.

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

The Voice of the Consumer in Standardisation


 
Many standards deal with consumer safety, such as products for children, motor vehicles, household and electrical appliances and a range of other products used widely in the Australian community.

Consumer groups can play a part in looking out for the health, safety and welfare of all consumers during the development of standards.

The ISO Committee on consumer policy (ISO/COPOLCO) is ISO's forum for promoting consumer interests in standardisation. Its mission is to enhance the market relevance of International Standards by promoting and facilitating the input of consumers' views into ISO's policies, procedures, standards and services; and to help consumers around the world benefit from standardisation.

ISO/COPOLCO provides quarterly newsletters of ISO's activities regarding standards and consumer protection, for members and stakeholders of the ISO Committee on consumer policy. Read the latest issue, December 2014.

Standards Australia Road Show: Prioritisation Process and Focus for 2015


 
Standards Australia has been on the road this February and March to host information seminars in all capital cities. Thank you to those who joined us for our information seminars in Brisbane, Canberra, Hobart, Melbourne, Sydney, Perth and Darwin.

At these seminars we provide an update on our operations over the past year, future direction and the project proposal process. Participants also get to speak to a National Sector Manager to learn more about the process involved in developing a proposal.

Join us for our last seminar for this season on Monday 16 March in Adelaide.

Venue: Cliftons Adelaide, Level 1, 80 King William Street, Adelaide
Time: 2 pm – 4 pm
RSVP: mail@standards.org.au

If you haven’t been able to join us, look out for the April edition of e-news where we will share highlights of our road show.

DesignBUILD 2015


 
DesignBUILD is a world-leading trade event for the sustainable building and construction industry. This year’s DesignBUILD event will boast the largest gathering in Australia dedicated to the architecture, building, construction and design community with 220 exhibitors from all over the world.

Prominent exhibitors this year include AdvantageAustria, led by Mr Guido Stock, Austria’s Consul-General and Trade Commissioner, who will showcase the European nation’s world-leading and innovative products and services. Austrian products such as high-tech cross-laminated timber were a key component in the construction of the Forté Building in Melbourne – the world’s largest apartment building made of timber – as well as the new wooden Docklands library in Melbourne.

 
With participants coming from as far as the United States and the United Arab Emirates, DesignBUILD will provide a unique opportunity for Australian and overseas industry professionals, manufacturers and suppliers to meet under one roof. The event will also feature an Industry Insights seminar with over 30 sessions across three days, as well as a new interiors exhibition and a dedicated landscape architecture zone. Standards Australia will be part of the exhibitors so it will be a great opportunity to meet and speak to a National Sector Manager as well.

DesignBUILD will be at the Sydney Showground at Sydney Olympic Park from Wednesday 28 April to Friday 30 April 2015. Registration is FREE and now open, register now at this website.

AIIA Summit: “Navigating the Internet of Things”


 
On 26 March 2015, at the National Convention Centre in Canberra, the Australian Information Industry Association (AIIA) will shine a spotlight on the Internet of Things (IoT).

Find out more on what thought leaders and industry experts are saying on this cutting-edge issue and join in a lively discussion and debate.

The overall theme of AIIA’s 2015 Summit is transformation – the profound transformative impact of ubiquitous and intelligent ‘connectivity’ on the economy, society, business and government.

Key speakers include:
Lutz Heuser, CEO of the Urban Institute in Germany;
Glenn Archer, VP Public Sector Gartner; and
Ros Harvey, Chief Strategy Advisor, Sirca, formerly the Director of the Sense-T project, Australia’s IoT initiative originating from Tasmania.

Andrew Johnstone-Burt from Deloitte will moderate a hypothetical discussion on the Internet of Things at the dinner to follow the Summit day event. A panel of expert opinion leaders will round out an entertaining evening of spirited debate with a focus on the challenges and risks presented by ubiquitous online technology.

To register and to find more information, visit the AIIA website.
 
     
 
 

Learn to Draft a Standard at a Drafting Leaders Workshop


How do you put pen to paper (or fingers to keyboard) and write a Standard?

Find out at one of our Drafting Leaders Workshops, where Standards Australia will conduct training for Committee members on the structure and writing styles of Australian Standards.

Committee Members who have accepted a Drafting Leader role within their committees or who participate in the Standards development process will benefit most from these workshops.

Places fill quickly, so to apply, visit the Drafting Leaders Workshop page and click the Register Now button.

10th Round of Project Prioritisation Open Now


Australian Standards are living documents that reflect progress in science, technology and systems. To maintain their currency, all Standards are periodically reviewed, and new editions are published. Between editions, amendments may be issued.

Standards Australia welcomes proposals to amend, revise or develop new Australian Standards. The 10th round of project prioritisation opened on 2 February 2015 and closes on 18 March 2015. The projects will be considered by the Standards Development Committee (SDC) at its April meeting.

Read more about the process here on our website, or speak to one of our National Sector Managers.

International Update


Standards Australia represents our nation on the two major International Standardizing 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.

Read here to find out more about our activities in this space.

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 on our Sector Updates page.

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.