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CEO Report: Standards and Competition

Energy White Paper Highlights Role of Australian Standards

Dr Bronwyn Evans Appointed Chair of Industry Growth Centre

2015 Edition of ISO/IEC 38500 Published

For Public Comment: Revision to Australian Standards on Street Lighting

JTC 1 Studies on Emerging Areas in Information Technology

International Women’s Day

World Plumbing Day

 

Forum Wrap-Up: Business Ethics for Engineers

ISO Workshop in London on Integrated Healthcare Systems for Aged Societies

ISO COPOLCO Newsletter: Microwaveable Heat Packs

DesignBUILD 2015

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International Update

Sector Updates

Drafts Open for Comment

CEO Report: Standards and Competition


 
The final report of the Competition Policy Review released at the end of March calls for reforms in competition law, policies and institutions. It builds on the Hilmer Review of a decade ago.

The report comes at a welcome juncture where much introspection is needed on what the Australian economy will look like in a decade. The report quite rightly places a degree of attention on standards, which is welcomed by Standards Australia. It also gives great insights into a range of matters that affect not only our economic productivity but broader Australian life.

While cautioning against kneejerk deregulation, the report calls for flexible, smart and ‘light touch’ regulation, and a review of mandatory and voluntary product standards to ensure they do not serve as barriers to entry in the market. The report validates our aged standards review process which is well underway.

The report recognises the importance of standards to our economy, and the role of standards as voluntary and mandated tools for industry and government to use.

I am pleased that the report has looked to the role of international standards in our economy whilst recognising the importance of standards being fit for Australian use.

It’s the next steps that matter. Now that we have established the broad principles of the benefits of harmonisation with international standards, it is what we do with this knowledge that will ultimately make a difference.

—Dr Bronwyn Evans, CEO

Energy White Paper Highlights Role of Australian Standards


The Energy White Paper released by the Commonwealth Department of Industry and Science on 8 April 2015 has made a number of references to the role and importance of Australian Standards in the energy sector.

Voluntary Australian Standards are considered an integral tool for managing energy efficiency. The white paper has emphasised the value that standards provide in determining building energy efficiency ratings (star ratings). Standards have also been identified as a means to improve the quality of new buildings.

The Minimum Energy Performance Standards (MEPS) program, which is designed to improve energy performance and develop labelling guidelines for appliances, is considered an important program that provides consumers information on high-performing products. The MEPS program has been supported for many years by Standards Australia through our standards development process.

More broadly, the white paper also identifies increased economic efficiency as a key benefit of adopting of international standards where possible. It highlights the adoption of standards as a means to support the government’s deregulation and streamlining agenda.

Dr Bronwyn Evans, Chief Executive Officer of Standards Australia, says Standards Australia is proud to support the MEPS program and the ongoing work on managing building energy efficiency.

“Standards Australia supports the government’s greater focus on international standards as a means to harmonise regulatory approval systems. Standards Australia stands ready to work with the Department of Industry and Science and all stakeholders to further improve building energy efficiency, appliance efficiency, and labelling through the development of Australian Standards,” said Dr Bronwyn Evans.

Dr Bronwyn Evans Appointed Chair of Industry Growth Centre


Dr Bronwyn Evans, CEO of Standards Australia, has been appointed as Chair of the Industry Growth Centre for Medical Technologies and Pharmaceuticals by Commonwealth Minister for Industry and Science Ian Macfarlane MP.

The Australian government has allocated $188.5 million to establish five Industry Growth Centres in key growth sectors: advanced manufacturing; food and agribusiness; medical technologies and pharmaceuticals; mining equipment; technology and services; and oil, gas and energy resources.

Dr Evans joins the ranks of other highly-experienced and internationally regarded business chiefs who have been appointed Chairs of the Industry Growth Centres.

The Chairs have been tasked by the Minister to develop strategies and deliver outcomes under the four themes of encouraging collaboration and commercialisation, enhancing workforce skills, identifying opportunities to reduce regulatory burden, and improving capabilities to engage with international markets.

Dr Evans’ appointment will offer great opportunities for synergy with her role as CEO of Standards Australia.

“I am looking forward to this opportunity to lead growth of Australian business in this important sector,” said Dr Evans. “Although the Growth Centre is focused on medical technologies and pharmaceuticals, I see this as an opportunity to collaborate with chiefs of industry in other sectors to find new pathways for the Australian economy based on our competitive strengths.”

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2015 Edition of ISO/IEC 38500 Published


ISO and IEC have jointly published on 12 February 2015 the updated edition of ISO/IEC 38500:2015, Information technology – governance of IT for the organization.

The Standard is a key document for managing business risks in IT in the knowledge economy. It provides guiding principles for members of governing bodies of organisations on the effective, efficient, and acceptable use of information technology within their organisations. The 2015 edition has an expanded scope, applicability and international terminology for IT governance.

Australia has played a key role in the development of this new International Standard for IT governance. Standards Australia runs the secretariat of Sub-Committee 40 of the Joint Technical Committee (JTC 1) of ISO and IEC, JTC 1/SC 40 IT Service Management and IT Governance, which was responsible for producing the publication. SC 40 is also chaired by an Australian, John Sheridan, Australian Government Chief Technology Officer & Procurement Coordinator.

Another Australian, John Graham, played an instrumental role in the development of this edition. As the editor for this project, Mr Graham spearheaded the two-year effort to work with other project editors to update the terminology and definitions to ensure a common and consistent vocabulary for the field of governance of IT. The definitions across the entire set of ISO/IEC documents on IT governance have also been brought into accord.

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For Public Comment: Revision to Australian Standards on Street Lighting


In October 2014, Standards Australia released a public statement announcing that Technical Committee LG-002, Lighting for Roads and Public Spaces, was currently revising AS/NZS 1158.6 Lighting for Roads and Public Spaces, Part 6: Luminaires. The proposed revision will supersede the 2010 edition of AS/NZS 1158.6:2010.

It was proposed for the safety requirements and product performance requirements for road lighting luminaires to be split into two documents AS/NZS 60598-2-3 and SA/SNZ TS 1158.6.

In response to public comments and after consulting with various stakeholders, the Technical Committee EL-041 submitted a proposal to Standards Australia for a modified adoption of IEC 60598-2-3 instead of a direct text adoption to take into account specific local environmental conditions. This was approved by Standards Australia management on the condition that the new document be resubmitted for public comment.

The text of the modified adoption of IEC 60598-2-3 will be titled AS/NZS 60598-2-3 Luminaires – Particular requirements – Luminaires for road and street lighting (IEC 60598-2-3 MOD). This document will be available for public comment for 9 weeks from 18 March 2015. The last day for public comment will be 20 May 2015.

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JTC 1 Studies on Emerging Areas in Information Technology


 
Since its inception in 1987, the Joint Technical Committee of ISO and IEC (JTC 1) has brought about a number of relevant standards in the fields of multimedia, IC cards (‘smart cards’), security, database query and programming languages.

JTC 1 has been studying emerging areas in information technology, and have released four reports on market requirements and standardisation gaps in Big Data, Internet of Things, Smart Cities and Cloud Computing. The reports provide a basis for future scope of standardisation work in these areas.

Get up to speed with these reports available from the JTC 1 home page and learn about upcoming standards work in the field of ICT.

International Women’s Day


On the occasion of International Women’s Day 2015, some of Standards Australia’s staff members have shared their stories.

ISO created a video on “Gender Equality for a Better World” featuring women leaderes in the field of standardisation such as the Philippines, Mauritius, Austria, Botswana, Iran, Australia and the Bahamas. Standards Australia’s CEO Dr Bronwyn Evans also talks about what makes women leaders unique. Watch it on YouTube.

The IEC celebrated the achievements of women in bridging the STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) gap. Read IEC’s media release and blog post: "Celebrating women who bridge the STEM gap".

Our International Development Manager Karen Batt is featured in an online article by Engineering E2E about how she balances work, family and a trans-Tasman commute, and how Standards Australia supported Karen to retain her expertise, valuable skills and knowledge.

World Plumbing Day



World Plumbing Day is observed on 11 March each year, to celebrate plumbers all over the world for providing essential water and public health services.

With Australian Standards referenced in the National Construction Code and the Plumbing Code, Standards Australia is proud to assist plumbers in Australia in delivering these vital services to the community.

This year, Standards Australia joined the celebration with industry professionals at the Plumbing Industry Climate Action Centre in Victoria, where the keynote speaker was the Hon. Steven Herbert, Minister for Training and Skills.

Standards Australia also created a video on why standards matter in plumbing, featuring an interview with Mr Paul Naylor, CEO of the Master Plumbers Association in NSW. Watch it on YouTube.

Forum Wrap-Up: Business Ethics for Engineers


 
The definition of ethics can be boiled down to one simple statement – “doing the right thing”. But doing the right thing by whom, and how?

With those questions in mind, Dr Phil Hopkins, an independent consultant from the UK, gave a thought-provoking talk on what is meant by ‘ethics’ and ‘professional’. Dr Hopkins provided great food for thought on the dilemmas we face every day in the business world on ethics, morals, and standards. Participants also got a chance to ask Dr Hopkins questions on what individuals should or can do in the many situations that engineers can face in their daily work.

Standards Australia co-organised the event on 17 March with Engineers Australia, the Welding Technology Institute of Australia and The Warren Centre for Advanced Engineering.

Above (L–R): Ashley Brinson of the Warren Centre, Dr Bronwyn Evans of Standards Australia, Dr Phil Hopkins, Steve Finlay of Engineers Australia and Chris Smallbone of the WTIA.

ISO Workshop in London on Integrated Healthcare Systems for Aged Societies


With rising life expectancies around the world, aging societies will emerge in many countries.

Best practices, experiences, and lessons learnt should be shared at a global scale in order to prepare for the future. International standards can play an important role in supporting aging societies by building an integrated social, healthcare and innovation system.

ISO will hold a workshop in London on 1 July 2015 to discuss how stakeholders can integrate various best practices, experiences, and lessons on a global scale to maintain sustainable aging societies.

The workshop is intended to foster the development of an ISO-published International Workshop Agreement (IWA) on guidelines for integrated health and care systems and services for aging populations.

The British Standards Institution (BSI), the UK’s national standards body, proposed the July workshop to facilitate discussions of potential solutions to improve integrated health systems. The workshop was approved by ISO’s Technical Management Board (TMB).

The workshop will be hosted by BSI Group at 389 Chiswick High Road, London, W4 4AL, United Kingdom.

Standards Australia encourages all interested stakeholders to take part in an international conversation on the shaping of aged societies in the future.

Download the workshop agenda (PDF) and the registration form (DOCX), or contact Karen Batt (karen.batt@standards.org.au) for further information.

ISO COPOLCO Newsletter: Microwaveable Heat Packs


The ISO Committee on consumer policy (ISO/COPOLCO) creates quarterly newsletters of their activities regarding standards and consumer protection. The latest issue is now available.

This issue also mentions Standards Australia’s project on microwaveable heat packs. Following a coronial inquest into a 2011 fatality and a series of recorded incidents, Standards Australia’s technical committee began work in March 2014 on a new Standard, working in cooperation with national regulators, fire authorities, industry representatives and with valuable input from consumer and health sector representatives, The intent of the standard will be to reduce the number of life threatening incidents caused by microwavable heat packs.

Heat packs containing wheat as well as other organic materials such as rice, legumes, pulses, flowers, herbs and other grains will be the focus of the new standard. The standard will cover details for performance construction, testing and labelling to inform consumers about the related safety issues.

Read about what other countries are doing for consumer protection in the latest issue, March 2015.

DesignBUILD 2015


 
Standards Australia is pleased to be participating in DesignBUILD this year.

DesignBUILD is a trade event for the sustainable building and construction industry. This year’s 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.

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, register now at this website.

In the meantime, read about why Standards matter in building and construction.

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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.

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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.