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CEO Report: Ensuring Australia’s Future Through International Standards

Completion of Young Leaders Program 2014-15

Call for Applications for Young Leaders Program 2015-16

Become a Mentor to a Standards Australia Young Leader

Second Phase of the Aged Standards Review – Important Information

2015 Guide to Australia’s Technical and Conformance Infrastructure

World Metrology Day

NCC 2015 Now Available Online

Australia and Singapore to Strengthen Myanmar’s National Standards Body

 

Interim Standard for Waterborne Inflatables Extended

Project Kick-off: Revision of AS 4760 on Oral Drug Testing

Forum: Recreational Underwater Diving

ISO workshop in London on Integrated Healthcare Systems for Aged Societies

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Drafting Leaders Workshops in Perth, Canberra, Brisbane and Adelaide

International Update

Sector Updates

Drafts Open for Comment

CEO Report: Ensuring Australia’s Future Through International Standards


 
Earlier this year, Standards Australia announced that we would streamline adoption of international standards. From February 2015, Standards Australia will accept and assess proposals for identical direct text adoptions of international standards* at any time throughout the year, even outside of the twice-yearly Project Prioritisation Rounds.

This move came at a time when the Federal Government has announced greater focus on the international harmonisation of standards and regulatory approval systems.

Not only should we look at greater adoption and harmonisation of international standards, we should also seize the opportunity to have a bigger hand in their development. We have urged government and industry leaders to support this focus with a commitment to greater participation of Australian experts to the international standards setting process in areas critical to Australia’s national interest. Conversations in these areas are already taking place at the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) and the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC).

We should ensure that Australia’s voice is heard in these global conversations and our national interests are represented. Simply put, if we do not have a say in their development, then we may well end up doing as others say.

Australian experts have played a key role in the development of important international standards, such as the world’s first international standard for compliance management, ISO 19600 Compliance Management Systems – Guidelines, which was published in December 2014. The ISO/PC 271 Compliance Management Systems committee was chaired by Mr Martin Tolar of the GRC Institute.

Two Australians were instrumental in developing a revised International Standard for IT governance, ISO/IEC 38500:2015 Information technology – governance of IT for the organization. Mr John Sheridan, Chief Technology Officer and Procurement coordinator for the Australian Government, chaired the committee JTC 1/SC 40 IT Service Management and IT Governance, while Mr John Graham, as editor of the project, helped to redefine the entire vocabulary and terminology in the field of IT governance.

In the realm of systems and software engineering, our Technical Committee IT-015, chaired by Ms Tafline Ramos, has contributed to over 120 published international standards. Their work in creating pivotal standards such as the ISO/IEC 15288 standard on system life cycle processes has helped to create a global language and architecture for software and systems.

With Australia being a founding member of ISO in 1947, we have had a long history of international standards development and several international standards, such as ISO/IEC 38500, have their origins in Australian Standards. Today, we have embarked on another project to share Australian expertise with the international community in the creation of an international standard on unit pricing.

The contribution of Australians in creating a global technical infrastructure is immeasurable, and it is a trend that I hope will continue.

—Dr Bronwyn Evans, CEO

* International standards are those standards from the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) and the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC).

Completion of Young Leaders Program 2014-15


 
Standards Australia was proud to see our 2014-15 contingent of Young Leaders graduate on Monday 23 April 2015. The final session of the program started with a one-day training course by the very accomplished Stephen Kozicki, who gave our Young Leaders training on leadership, influencing and persuasion. We had a wrap-up session between the Young Leaders and their mentors, facilitated by Melissa Richardson from Horizons Unlimited. Our Young Leaders and mentors were given the opportunity to discuss their experiences and share feedback on the program.

A wrap-up dinner was held with a presentation from guest speaker and endurance athlete Samantha Gash who shared inspiring life lessons.

The year’s program may have ended but this is just the beginning – we rely on our young leaders alumni to continue offering advice and fresh insights on where we are going as an organisation, and being champions for Standards Australia in their respective industries.

Call for Applications for Young Leaders Program 2015-16


Standards Australia is pleased to call for applications for the 2015-2016 Young Leaders Program, which is designed to bring together Australia’s next generation of standards experts. The program provides an opportunity to become involved in the national and international standardisation supporting Australian industry, government and consumers.

Standards Australia is inviting 10 young professionals to participate in the Young Leaders Program. We will provide training and direct exposure to the Standards development process to develop the skills required to be successful in the technical committee environment. Participants will be paired with a mentor and will have the opportunity to attend relevant technical committee meetings for standards development projects.

Outcomes for participants on the program include:
  • A better understanding of standardisation;
  • The knowledge and expertise to participate on a technical committee;
  • Learning how to draft standards; and
  • Developing skills to be an effective committee.
Application criteria and details may be found on the Young Leaders page on our website.

Become a Mentor to a Standards Australia Young Leader


As a Standards Australia committee member, have you ever thought about creating a legacy by encouraging others to follow in your path? Mentors are rewarded through helping others succeed, sharing essential standards development knowledge and developing skills of both mentors and mentees. Mentoring activities can also support succession planning for your technical committees.

The Young Leaders Program provides formal training in drafting standards, writing for a non-technical audience, and international standardisation. The program also offers courses in facilitation, negotiation and leadership skills. Participants are paired with an experienced mentor who has extensive committee experience. They also have the opportunity to attend relevant technical committee meetings for active standards development projects.

While our Young Leaders Program is for the benefit of emerging talents within areas of standardisation, the following benefits apply to mentors:
  • Exposure to the emerging talent pool;
  • Ongoing attention to your own career development;
  • The satisfaction of imparting your wisdom and experience to others;
  • Enhancement of coaching, leadership and management skills;
  • Exposure to diverse thoughts, styles and personalities;
  • A way to give back to your association and/or profession; and
  • A lasting career network.
In terms of your commitment, the program runs from the kick-off meeting on 11 August 2015 to the farewell dinner on 13 April 2016.

If this opportunity appeals to you, please contact Ozan Gunce, SIS Coordinator, at 02 9237 6081, or email young.leaders@standards.org.au.

Second Phase of the Aged Standards Review – Important Information


Standards Australia is committed to maintaining a contemporary and relevant catalogue of Australian Standards which add to the Net Benefit of the Australian community. The Aged Standards Review is one of the ways in which Standards Australia gives effect to that commitment.

The Aged Standards Review is being carried out in cooperation with Standards New Zealand, and seeks to ensure those joint Australia and New Zealand standards managed by Standards Australia are current and continues to support trans-Tasman harmonisation where possible.

In the first stage of the review, we asked the relevant Technical Committees with an active work program to review Aged Standards within their area of oversight and decide whether particular publications should be reconfirmed, revised, made obsolescent or withdrawn.

We are now launching the second stage of the review. In Stage 2, Standards Australia seeks the views of the general public (including nominating organisations and a broader range of stakeholders) about all Aged Standards that do not fall within the area of oversight of any active committee.

Aged Standards, which are not referenced in Australian and/or New Zealand legislation and are not managed by any active Technical Committee, are being proposed for withdrawal, unless we receive advice to the contrary from the public. This approach recognises the fact that while many documents within this group may well be suitable for withdrawal, some documents within this group may still be used in some way within an industry, community or by government.

We want to hear from you on whether these Aged Standards are still useful and relevant. If they are still being used in your industry or community, then we will work to continue making these Standards available. By assisting us to identify which Standards are still useful and relevant, you are also helping us to make decisions about allocating our time and resources into areas that are aligned with Australia’s needs.

We are currently seeking public input on the first batch of Aged Standards proposed for withdrawal in the following three sectors:
  • Mining;
  • Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing and Food; and
  • Water and Waste Services.
Please visit our website for more information on this important project.

2015 Guide to Australia’s Technical and Conformance Infrastructure


 
From standards to accreditation to testing and certification, how does the system work?

Standards Australia is part of the Technical Infrastructure Alliance together with the National Measurement Institute (NMI), Joint Accreditation System of Australia and New Zealand (JAS-ANZ) and the National Association of Testing Authorities (NATA). The TIA underpins Australia’s technical and conformance infrastructure.

The Department of Industry has published Australia's Standards and Conformance Infrastructure - An Essential Foundation (PDF) that provides useful information on the roles and responsibilities of the various organisations, including:

  • An overview of the system including the roles of the Commonwealth Government and the TIA members (SA, NATA, NMI and JAS-ANZ);
  • Australia’s international trade roles and obligations including commentary on the WTO Technical Barriers to Trade (TBT) Agreement; and
  • Some very useful information (at page 18) on compliance with Australian Standards.

More information is available from the Department of Industry's website.

World Metrology Day


 
What makes a kilogram a kilogram and a metre a metre in Australia? The National Measurement Institute can tell you that and so much more. The NMI, a division within the Department of Industry and Science, is Australia's peak measurement body responsible for biological, chemical, legal, physical and trade measurement.

In celebration of World Metrology Day on May 20, the NMI will be holding a breakfast forum with Dr Barry Inglis, re-elected President of the International Committee for Weights and Measures (CIPM) and Dr Bronwyn Evans, CEO of Standards Australia and the Chair of the Industry Growth Centre for Medical Technology.

Discussion will revolve around strategies on how measurement and the broader standards and conformance infrastructure can help address the challenges faced at the global, regional and national levels faced by industry.

Date/Time: Wednesday 20 May 2015, 8 am to 9:30 am
Venue: Lehany Theatre, National Measurement Institute, 36 Bradfield Road, West Lindfield
RSVP: communications@measurement.gov.au by Monday 18 May 2015

Find details and sign up on the NMI website.

NCC 2015 Now Available Online


The Australian Building Codes Board (ABCB) has made the 2015 edition of the National Construction Code (NCC) free online. So far there have been approximately 33,000 registrations and 52,000 downloads.

The aim of the ABCB is to get as many practitioners to register as possible to help build awareness and understanding of the NCC.

By registering with the ABCB, other free material will be made available such as access to non-regulatory handbooks, YouTube clips and educational material, as well as access to all previous editions of the NCC. Further material will be developed over time to help support training providers, industry associations, education institutions and regulators. Importantly, registering with the ABCB will enable them to advise users of future changes to the Code.

If you haven’t already, register and download a copy of the 2015 National Construction Code.

Australia and Singapore to Strengthen Myanmar’s National Standards Body


 
Australia and Singapore are working together to strengthen Myanmar’s capacity to participate in national and international standards development under the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) Institutional Strengthening (INS) Project for Myanmar. This is the first joint standards-related project by Australia and Singapore to build institutional capacity in a third country in collaboration with ISO.

Officials from Standards Australia, SPRING Singapore, and ISO Regional Office in Singapore conducted a training workshop in April 2015 for a delegation from Myanmar.

The workshop focused on the sharing of best practices by Singapore and Australia in their national and international standards development programs. A key outcome of the workshop is for Myanmar to develop an action plan to help the country better align its priorities to support its economic growth as well as its international obligations at the World Trade Organization (WTO).

The goal is to enhance trade and economic benefits for Myanmar and the region through setting up business-friendly standardisation infrastructure based on international systems.

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Interim Standard for Waterborne Inflatables Extended


 
First published in August 2012, the objective of the Interim Standard AS 3533.4.5 Amusement rides and devices – Specific requirements – Waterborne inflatables is to provide requirements and guidance specific to the design, construction, operation and maintenance of waterborne inflatable equipment and facilities that will protect health and safety of both operating staff and patrons. As an interim standard, the document should be regarded as a developmental standard and liable to future alteration.

Recognising the need for continued work on the Interim Standard AS 3533.4.5, Standards Australia Technical Committee ME-051, Amusement Rides and Devices, has decided to extend the period for the Interim Standard AS 3533.4.5 until 6 August 2016.

The AS 3533.4.5(Int) - 2012 document with the new expiry date of 6 August 2016 was published on 8 April 2015.

Read the statement in the News Room.

Project Kick-off: Revision of AS 4760 on Oral Drug Testing


The technical committee CH-039 Detection of Drugs in Oral Fluids held its kick off meeting on Tuesday 14 April 2015 to commence the revision of AS 4760-2006 Procedures for specimen collection and the detection and quantitation of drugs in oral fluid. In the light of industry developments, and as new technologies and methodologies become available, the scope and areas of application of the Standard are to be reviewed.

Forum: Recreational Underwater Diving


 
Standards Australia is hosting a forum on Monday 25 May 2015 to discuss topics related to recreational underwater diving. The forum is open to existing organisations that form part of technical committee CS-083, Recreational Underwater Diving, as well as other stakeholders interested in the suite of national and international standards under the responsibility of the committee.

The forum is to seek more input from the Australian diving industry in the standards development process. We will be discussing:
  • Possible adoptions of international ISO Standards to replace the recently withdrawn AS 4005 Training and certification of recreational divers series;
  • Whether to revise AS/NZS 2299.3:2003 Occupational diving operations - Recreational industry diving and snorkelling operations; and
  • Any other discussion topics relating to standards development in the diving industry.
Registration is at 9.30 am for a 10 am start. A light lunch will also be served. Please register your attendance with Alison Scotland, National Sector Manager, at alison.scotland@standards.org.au and let us know of any dietary requirements.

If you have any topics that you wish to add to the agenda, please contact Alison Scotland on 02 9237 6088.

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 (DOC), or contact Karen Batt (02 9237 6056 or karen.batt@standards.org.au) for further information.

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Drafting Leaders Workshops in Perth, Canberra, Brisbane and Adelaide


Our Drafting Leaders Workshops have proven popular and the sessions in Melbourne and Sydney have filled up very quickly.

At these workshops, Standards Australia will deliver 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.

If you would like to learn how to put pen to paper (or fingers to keyboard) and write a standard at one of our drafting leaders workshops, we still have room in our Perth, Canberra, Brisbane and Adelaide sessions. Click here for the details and registration form.

International Update


Standards Australia represents our nation on 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.

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.