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CEO Report: Changing for the Better

Winners of the 2015 Standards Awards

Standards Australia Board Member Peter Cockbain Appointed Member (AM) of the Order of Australia

In Appreciation of Don Gray’s Service to the Australian National Committee to the IEC

Dr Bronwyn Evans Appointed to Board of the Australia-Japan Foundation

Standards Australia Welcomes Newest Member Organisation the Australian Window Association

Apply for the IEC Young Professionals Programme 2015

Vale Mr Charles Bubb

Support Dr Bronwyn Evans for the CEO Sleepout on 18 June

Forum Outcomes: Recreational Underwater Diving

Engineers Australia Leadership Breakfast – Shaping Australia's Future: Economy, Society and Place

 

Forum: Vendor Credentialing for Medical Technology

Forum: Equipment for Explosive Atmospheres

World Standards Day: Video Competition

Standards Australia Road Show: Prioritisation Process and Focus for 2015

Call for Applications for Young Leaders Program 2015-16

Become a Mentor to a Standards Australia Young Leader

Report by Standards Australia to the Workplace Gender Equality Agency

Current Projects by Sector and by Standard

International Update

Sector Updates

Drafts Open for Comment

CEO Report: Changing for the Better


 
We are committed to changing for the better at Standards Australia.

This is a journey that we started years ago. We put in place better project management methodology and tools that helped us to deliver projects within a structured time frame.

We decided in February this year to streamline identical text adoptions of international standards.

In March, we successfully launched our internal All Ideas Matter (AIM) program for Standards Australia staff. We have received so many excellent ideas on how to improve our business processes and work environment. Just one example of a great idea was to develop better collaboration tools for drafting standards.

The AIM program has been successful internally, and we are now considering extending it to external stakeholders as well.

We listened to stakeholders when they said they wanted data from our website on current projects by sector and by standard that can be easily searchable. You will find that you can now download this data as a spreadsheet from our web page from the ‘Quick Links’.

As reported at our Council meeting on 22 May 2015, in the next 6 to 12 months you can expect more changes to come. This includes initiatives such as:

We are working on facilitating access for committee members to standards relevant to their work program in a different, better way;
The currency of our catalogue is being comprehensively reviewed to ensure that our standards remain useful and relevant; and
We are reviewing our publishing processes to streamline production and to implement new technology.

Following the great feedback on our Drafting Leader Workshops, we are now looking at how we can further improve training on how to draft standards.

 
The ‘Simpler, Faster, Better’ philosophy holds true at all levels – from the Board to the Executive Team to our managers and staff – and we intend to follow through on that promise.

—Dr Bronwyn Evans, CEO

Winners of the 2015 Standards Awards


In case you haven’t had a chance to view our special announcement on the Standards Awards, we are pleased to announce this year's winners:

W.R. Hebblewhite Medal
Russell Shephard

Meritorious Contribution Award – National
Enzo Alfonsetti

Meritorious Contribution Award – International
Petra Hansen

Young Leader Award
Anthony Kachenko

Outstanding Committee Award
HE-023 – Processing of Medical and Surgical Instruments
Robyn Williams – Chairperson



Pictured: Chairman Richard Brooks, Chief Executive Officer Dr Bronwyn Evans, Robyn Williams, Enzo Alfonsetti, Dr Anthony Kachenko, Petra Hansen and Russell Shephard.

To all our Standards Awards winners, thank you for your distinguished service and outstanding contribution to the net benefit of Australia and the international community.

For more information see the 2015 Standards Awards Winners announcement.

Standards Australia Board Member Peter Cockbain Appointed Member (AM) of the Order of Australia


 
Standards Australia congratulates Mr Peter Cockbain on being appointed a Member of the General Division of the Order of Australia (AM) in the Queen’s Birthday 2015 honours list. He has been honoured for significant service to electrical engineering, particularly in the mining and energy sectors, and to professional organisations.

Mr Cockbain has served on the board of Standards Australia since 2009, providing invaluable advice on the Remuneration & Nominations board committee. He has also contributed to standards development in Australia with 40 years of service on Standards Australia’s technical committees such as EL-023, Electrical Equipment in Mines and Quarries, and EL-014, Equipment for Explosive Atmospheres. He is currently the founder and technical director of AmpControl, an Australian electrical engineering company.

Read more in our News Room.

In Appreciation of Don Gray’s Service to the Australian National Committee to the IEC


 
On 25 May we said farewell with a little gift of appreciation to Don Gray, the longest serving member of the Australian National Committee to the IEC, as he retires from the Committee. Don Gray has served on various Standards Australia technical committees in the energy and electrotechnology sector. He was also Standards Australia's Chairman of the Board from 1994 to 2001. Don has served on the IEC Conformity Assessment Board and has been an excellent champion for Australia in international standardisation. We thank Don for his service and wish him well.

Dr Bronwyn Evans Appointed to Board of the Australia-Japan Foundation


Dr Bronwyn Evans, Chief Executive Officer of Standards Australia, has been appointed to the Board of the Australia-Japan Foundation by the Minister for Foreign Affairs The Hon. Julie Bishop MP.

The Australia-Japan Foundation (AJF) brings together eminent Australians with public and private sector expertise to advise the Government on how to strengthen Australia’s cooperation with Japan. With Japan being Australia’s most important strategic and economic partner in Asia, the AJF plays a critical role in advancing Australia’s interests in the Asian region.

Dr Evans will leverage her extensive experience in engineering and research to enhance the Board’s expertise in science diplomacy, thereby strengthening Australia’s links with Japan in technology and innovation.

Read more from our News Room.

Standards Australia Welcomes Newest Member Organisation the Australian Window Association


 
Following a resolution at a meeting of Standards Australia’s Council on Friday 22 May 2015, the Australian Window Association (AWA) has become Standards Australia’s newest member organisation and part of its Council.

The Standards Australia Council is responsible for the general oversight of standardisation in Australia and the governance of Standards Australia.

Ms Tracey Gramlick, Executive Director of the AWA and its representative on the Standards Australia Council, said that the AWA has always been supportive of Standards Australia’s work. The AWA has actively participated in the standards development processes by being active contributors to Standards Australia’s technical committees as well as the Standards Australia Young Leaders Program for the past two years.

“As the peak association of Australia’s window manufacturers and industry suppliers, the Australian Window Association has always been a champion of standards in the industry,” said Ms Gramlick.

Dr Bronwyn Evans, Chief Executive Officer of Standards Australia, said that Standards Australia looked forward to deepening their partnership with the AWA.

Read more from our News Room.

Apply for the IEC Young Professionals Programme 2015


 
  Standards Australia Young Leader Beer Opatsuwan (left) presenting at the AU National Committee to the IEC
Standards Australia is now accepting applications for the IEC Young Professionals Programme. Don’t miss out on this exciting opportunity!

A Workshop for Young Professionals involved in standardisation will be held in Minsk, Belarus from 11-14 October 2015, as part of this year's IEC General Meeting.

The Young Professionals Programme brings together the world's upcoming expert engineers, technicians and managers. It provides them with the opportunity to get involved in shaping the future of international standardisation and conformity assessment in the field of electrotechnology.

Standards Australia is excited to give two young Australians the opportunity to attend this unique program and is inviting interested young professionals to apply.

Interested applicants are required to submit a one-page summary (maximum 500 words) on the topic “IEC Standards: strategic advantages and challenges for Australia” along with the applicant's resume to young.leaders@standards.org.au. The subject line of the email should read “IEC YP Programme 2015”.

Two participants from Australia will be selected to attend with accommodation and airfare costs covered by IEC and Standards Australia. Submissions will be judged by a panel of the Australian IEC National Committee and Standards Australia.

To be eligible, applicants must:
Be aged between mid-20s to mid-30s;
Be an active committee member of an Australian IEC mirror committee, relevant working group, or a young professional interested in IEC standards;
Demonstrate experience of standards development or of using standards in the context of conformity assessment; and
Work for a business, industry, association, education or government body that is using, benefiting from or contributing to the IEC's work.

Further information can be found on the IEC website.

For more information on the application process, please contact Varant Meguerditchian at varant.meguerditchian@standards.org.au.

Submissions close on Friday 3 July 2015 and should be emailed to young.leaders@standards.org.au with subject name “IEC YP Programme 2015”. Applicants will be notified of the final result by the end of July 2015.

Vale Mr Charles Bubb


It is with great sadness that we acknowledge the passing of Mr Charles Bubb, who died peacefully at Kangara Waters on 17 May 2015.

Charles Bubb was Director of Engineering at the Commonwealth Department of Works, Melbourne and Canberra. Charles served on several of Standards Australia’s technical committees on building and structural design requirements for wind forces and earthquake actions. He was the Chair of Standards Australia’s Technical Committee BD-006-02 General Design Requirements and Loading on Structures – Wind actions from the early 1970s to the late 1980s.

He was instrumental in the development of AS 1170.2 in 1973, the Australian Standard on minimum design loads on structures for wind forces, as well as AS 1170.4 on structural design for earthquake actions in Australia, also known as the SAA Loading Code.

He went on to oversee the development of the next four editions of the Australian Standard for minimum design loads on structures for wind forces up to 1989. There were many innovations introduced in these standards that are still in use today.

Standards Australia will remember the great contribution Charles has made to public health and safety as well as the building and construction industry.

Support Dr Bronwyn Evans for the CEO Sleepout on 18 June


 
Our CEO Dr Bronwyn Evans has decided to take the leap this year and join Vinnie's CEO Sleepout! She will brave the elements with other female business leaders at the CEO Sleepout at Sydney’s Luna Park on 18 June to raise awareness for female homelessness. Your support would be greatly appreciated!

ceosleepout.org.au/ceos/nsw-ceos/bronwyn-evans/

Forum Outcomes: Recreational Underwater Diving


 
Standards Australia hosted a forum on Monday 25 May 2015 to discuss topics related to recreational underwater diving. Key stakeholders and organisations that form part of technical committee CS-083 Recreational Underwater Diving attended the forum, where we had a robust discussion on relevant national and international standards.

The next steps after the forum will be:
  • Development of a proposal to adopt international ISO Standards to replace the recently withdrawn AS 4005 Training and certification of recreational divers series; and
  • Further consultation across Australia and New Zealand on the possibility of substituting AS/NZS 2299.3:2003 Occupational diving operations - Recreational industry diving and snorkelling operations with ISO 24803:2007 Recreational diving services – Requirements for recreational scuba diving service providers.
If you wish to speak to a National Sector Manager about the outcomes of the forum, please contact Alison Scotland on 02 9237 6088 or alison.scotland@standards.org.au

Engineers Australia Leadership Breakfast – Shaping Australia's Future: Economy, Society and Place


 
Engineers Australia recently established its ninth professional college – the College of Leadership and Management, as a home for those engineers whose career has moved into leadership of businesses and key technical disciplines and management of major projects.

David Singleton, College Chairman and Standards Australia Board member, invites all those with an interest in Australia’s urban future to its first business breakfast, set to be a challenging debate amongst quality panelists.

Speakers include:
  • Romilly Madew, CEO, Green Building Council of Australia
  • Jim Miller, Head of Infrastructure, Utilities & Renewables, Australia & NZ – Macquarie Capital, Macquarie Group Ltd
  • Amanda Steele, Head of Sustainability, CBRE
  • Andrew T. Harris, Director, Engineering Excellence Group, Laing O’Rourke
  • Joanne Gray, Editor, Boss Magazine, Australian Financial Review
Date: Tuesday 23 June 2015
Venue: Macquarie Bank, 1 Shelley Street HQ, Sydney, NSW
Cost: $85.00 per person

Download the event information (PDF).

Forum: Vendor Credentialing for Medical Technology


Standards Australia and the Medical Technology Association of Australia invite you to a national consultation forum to explore the need, scope and inclusion for an Australian Standard specifically for vendor credentialing.

The forum will explore the need for a uniform national credentialing system for medical company representatives (MCRs) that meets the public and private health sector requirements, and encompasses existing standards such as the ACORN Standards for Perioperative Nursing.

The aim of the forum is to discuss the processes required to maintain patient safety, patient and MCR privacy, high quality care, immediate access to medical products, efficient communication of product information and education provided by the MCR, and efficient use of resources by healthcare facilities and medical companies.

Date: Tuesday 7 July 2015
Venue: Standards Australia, Level 10, 20 Bridge Street, Sydney
Time: 10:00 am to 4:00 pm, registration from 9:30 am
RSVP: This is a complimentary forum and places are limited. To confirm your attendance, please RSVP Tuesday 30 June to events@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.

See the event invitation (PDF) for more information. For further enquiries, please contact National Sector Manager Bronwyn Walker at 02 9237 6011 or bronwyn.walker@standards.org.au.

Forum: Equipment for Explosive Atmospheres


IEC committee TC 31, Equipment for explosive atmospheres, is currently finalising a new series of standards covering the requirements for mechanical equipment for hazardous areas. These new standards will affect all forms of mechanical equipment including bearings, belt drives, brakes, conveyors, gearboxes, screens, combustion engines, compressors, fans, heaters, pumps and other equipment used in hazardous areas. They may also have a significant impact on a number of Australian industries.

The work of IEC TC 31 is mirrored by Standards Australia Technical Committee EL-014 Equipment for Explosive Atmospheres. Given the global industry developments, Standards Australia and EL-014 will be hosting a forum to discuss these developments and implications for Australia.

Standards Australia invites all relevant stakeholders to participate.

Date: Thursday 16 July 2015
Venue: Standards Australia, Level 10, 20 Bridge Street, Sydney
Time: 10:00 am to 1:00 pm, registration from 9:30 am
RSVP: This is a complimentary forum and places are limited. To confirm your attendance, please RSVP by Friday 1 July 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.

See the event invitation (PDF) for more information. For further enquiries, please contact National Sector Manager Varant Meguerditchian at 02 9237 6119 or varant.meguerditchian@standards.org.au.

World Standards Day: Video Competition


 
ISO, IEC and ITU has opened a video competition for World Standards Day with the theme “Imagine a world without standards”. They are looking for fun 15 second videos from all over the world on human stories that truly emphasise the value of standards. The video should show an example of something that would not work or be a lot more difficult in a world without IEC, ISO, and ITU standards. The best video will be awarded 1,500 Swiss francs, with the three runner-ups each receiving 500 Swiss francs. All videos must be uploaded to YouTube and then the link with the hashtag #speakstandards sent to ISO’s social media between 1 June and 10 July 2015.

Read more at worldstandardscooperation.org.

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, Adelaide and Darwin.

At the seminars we provided 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.

Download a summary of the roadshow from our website (PDF).

If you haven’t been able to join us this time, keep an eye on our website, LinkedIn or this newsletter for when we announce the next round of road shows.

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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.

Report by Standards Australia to the Workplace Gender Equality Agency


This serves to confirm the notification and access requirements of the 2014-2015 Public Report Form submitted by Standards Australia Limited to the Workplace Gender Equality Agency on Tuesday 26 May 2015.

Please note the following:

The Public Report has been lodged on Tuesday 26 May 2015 to the Workplace Gender Equality Agency. This report will become available at wgea.gov.au/report/public-reports. You can also download it from our website (PDF).

Please be advised of the opportunity to comment on the report, either directly to Standards Australia Limited at meredy.gailey@standards.org.au or to the Workplace Gender Equality Agency at https://www.wgea.gov.au/contact-us.

Current Projects by Sector and by Standard


 
After receiving stakeholder feedback, the list of Standards Australia's current projects will now be published as a single spreadsheet, instead of two PDF documents. You can access this data under “Current Projects” from our Quick Links at the top of our home page.

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.