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CEO Report: The Financial Year 2014-2015 in Review

Australia and Singapore to Expand Cooperation in Standards

Australia to Lead APEC Data Flows Project to Increase Small Business Trade

Public Comment Commences on Important Refrigeration Standards

Update on Second Phase of Aged Standards Review

Dr Bronwyn Evans at Vinnie’s CEO Sleepout 2015

David Singleton and Dr Bronwyn Evans among Australia’s Top 100 Influential Engineers

The Queen’s Birthday Honours List

 

Report: ISO COPOLCO Meeting in Geneva

Forum: Powered Wheelchairs and Scooters

Forum: Concrete Placing Equipment

Conference: International Standards & Public Policy, Geneva

World Standards Day: Video Competition

Reminder: Committee Member Deed 2015

International Update

Sector Updates

Drafts Open for Comment

CEO Report: The Financial Year 2014-2015 in Review


 
Looking back on the last financial year, I realise it has been a year of firsts at Standards Australia.

After a full first year of implementing the new project management system (IRIS) together with updated supporting processes, our production numbers have reached a new record of 340 publications, a 28% increase from FY2013-2014 and far surpassing our end-of-year target of 291.

This record number of publications is the highest since 2010 and is the result of the significant process streamlining and attendant reduction in project completion times. In 2010, just over half of all our projects had a completion time of two years or less. Today, that number is 75%. Addtionally, three-quarters of our active projects are aged two years or less, and for those projects that are taking longer than two years, we are focusing on resolving all issues and completing them as quickly as possible.

Standards Australia has also worked on developing world-first standards and projects. This includes the world’s first international standard for compliance management, ISO 19600: Compliance Management Systems; a revised standard ISO/IEC 38500:2015, Information technology – governance of IT for the organization (this redefines the entire vocabulary and terminology in the field of IT governance) and a new international project on unit pricing.

It has also been an unprecedented year for international partnerships. In June 2015, Australia and Singapore deepened bilateral cooperation with a strong focus on facilitating bilateral trade and investment under a Comprehensive Strategic Partnership.

A key component to support the Comprehensive and Strategic Partnership is the harmonisation and alignment of technical standards across both economies. SPRING Singapore and Standards Australia, the national standards bodies of Singapore and Australia, are intensifying collaboration with a view to aligning standards where possible. This alignment of standards will facilitate bilateral trade and investment opportunities.

As two of the leading standards bodies in the Asia Pacific region, it makes sense for us to work together; to pool our resources where there is mutual benefit; and to align our standards development programs to foster innovation, productivity, industry competitiveness and market access in the region.

Through our preliminary discussions we have identified a number of areas where we have similar challenges and opportunities, such as the built environment and the silver economy (also known as the ‘grey’ economy).

Our joint standards program will start by mapping a standards infrastructure that provides the greatest benefits with the best use of resources. We have had great support from both governments for this process, all the way up to the Prime Ministers of both countries.

I am confident that the coming year will see even more success for standards development and I look forward to working with all our stakeholders to achieve excellent results.

—Dr Bronwyn Evans, CEO

Australia and Singapore to Expand Cooperation in Standards


 
Australia and Singapore will expand bilateral cooperation on standards to boost bilateral trade and investment and open up market opportunities for both economies.

Standards Australia and SPRING Singapore, Australia and Singapore’s national standards bodies, signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on 29 June 2015 to establish a formal framework to strengthen, promote and develop cooperation on standardisation and related activities between the two countries.

One of the key elements of the MOU is to collaborate on the development and promotion of standards of mutual interest, potentially in the sectors of building and construction and the silver industry. Greater parity and alignment in the adoption, use and application of business-friendly standards will help increase market participation and reduce operating costs for both Australian and Singaporean exporters and investors.

The MOU on Standards Cooperation is one of the key initiatives in support of the Comprehensive Strategic Partnership Agreement between Australia and Singapore. The MOU was signed by Standards Australia CEO Dr Bronwyn Evans and SPRING Singapore Chief Executive Tan Kai Hoe, and witnessed by Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong and Australia Prime Minister Tony Abbott.

Read more from our News Room.

Australia to Lead APEC Data Flows Project to Increase Small Business Trade


To support trade for SMEs in the region, Standards Australia and the Minister for Small Business Bruce Billson on behalf of the Australian Government have launched a project to deliver recommendations on harmonising standards for the movement of data and information across APEC economies.

Currently, regulatory inconsistencies amongst APEC economies and other non-regulatory barriers present obstacles to the flow of data and information across APEC economies. In some cases this restricts small and medium enterprises (SMEs) from getting involved in global supply chains and exchanging ideas.

As part of the project, national standards bodies, businesses, governments and regulators will exchange views on the role of data management and interchange standards in facilitating SME trade.

The Hon Bruce Billson MP, Minister for Small Business, said, “This project is part of the Government’s commitment to getting road blocks out of the way so small businesses have more opportunities to grow.”

“It is aligned to our objectives of having Australian enterprises able to take full advantage of regional and global value chains. It will allow them to exchange ideas, adopt best practices from across the region, and open up new trade opportunities.”

The project will identify standards development, technical convergence and regulatory coherence initiatives that can further support data flows and increase the participation rate of SMEs in APEC cross-border trade.

The project is funded through the APEC Economic Diplomacy Fund, managed by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.

Read more from our News Room.

Public Comment Commences on Important Refrigeration Standards


 
Standards Australia has released for public comment five proposed new Australian/New Zealand Standards for refrigeration systems and refrigerants, AS/NZS ISO 817:2015, Refrigerants – Designation and safety classification, and AS/NZS 5149, Refrigerating systems and heat pumps – Safety and environmental requirements, Parts 1 to 4.

The five proposed new Australian/New Zealand Standards are based on international standards published by the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) in 2014. It is proposed for these new standards to supersede the current Australian and New Zealand Standards for refrigerating systems, AS/NZS 1677 Parts 1 and 2, which were published in 1998.

The key proposed changes include a revised, internationally-aligned system of refrigerant designation and safety classification, as well as an extended scope to not only include safety requirements, but also the environmental aspects of system construction, leak prevention, vibration, maintenance, log books, repair and recovery of refrigerant.

The work to update the standards was originally proposed by AIRAH. Standards Australia has worked with ISO to make the standards available for public comment. The proposed text of these international standards is available for viewing, at no cost, from 30 June until 1 September 2015.

A summary of the proposed changes may be found in our media release.

To review or comment visit Drafts Open for Public Comment.

Update on Second Phase of Aged Standards Review


Standards Australia is committed to maintaining a contemporary and relevant catalogue of Australian Standards which add net benefit to the Australian community.

We are currently in the second stage of the Aged Standards review where we are seeking the views of the general public, nominating organisations and a broad range of stakeholders about all aged standards that do not fall within the area of oversight of any active technical committee.

Australian Standards which have not been revised for more than 10 years, are not referenced in regulation and do not fall within the area of oversight of any active committee are being proposed to be withdrawn after a period of public consultation. There will be a 9 week consultation period on the list of Australian Standards proposed for withdrawal, which is released in batches and by sector.

As announced in our May E-News and again in our June update, the consultation period for the first 3 sectors opened on 12 May 2015 and will end on 14 July 2015:

Mining;
Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing and Food; and
Water and Waste Services.

The consultation period for the following 5 sectors opened on 17 June 2015 and will end on 19 August 2015:

Public Safety, Public Administration, Business and Management;
Transport and Logistics;
Consumer Products, Services and Safety;
Health and Community Services; and
Electrotechnology and Energy.

To see a list of Australian Standards proposed for withdrawal, visit our Aged Standards page and click on the relevant sector.

We are seeking your views. If an Australian Standard on the list is still being used in your industry or community and you object to its withdrawal, we want to hear from you. Please reply to the Aged Standards Team (agedstandards@standards.org.au) specifying which Standard (number, title and publication year) and justification for your concerns.

Please visit our website for more information.

Dr Bronwyn Evans at Vinnie’s CEO Sleepout 2015


 
Dr Bronwyn Evans, Chief Executive Officer of Standards Australia, joined 1300 other CEOs at Vinnie’s CEO Sleepout on 18 June 2015.

Despite the freezing rain and 6-degree temperatures at Luna Park, Sydney, Bronwyn gamely braved the elements in order to raise awareness for 105,000 homeless Australians, with 44% of them women and children.

Thanks to your kind support, Bronwyn raised nearly $4000, adding to the total of nearly $6.3 million raised by Vinnies in support of homeless services nationally.

Well done Bronwyn and a big thank you to all supporters!

David Singleton and Dr Bronwyn Evans among Australia’s Top 100 Influential Engineers


 
David Singleton, Standards Australia Board Member and Chair of the Strategy Committee, as well as our CEO Dr Bronwyn Evans, have been named among Australia’s Top 100 Influential Engineers 2015 by Engineers Australia. Congratulations to them both!

You can read the full list here.

The Queen’s Birthday Honours List


Standards Australia would like to congratulate the following who have received honours on the occasion of the Queen’s Birthday 2015:

Mr Peter Cockbain, appointed Member in the General Division of the Order of Australia (AM). Mr Cockbain is a member of the Board of Standards Australia and has served for 40 years on numerous Technical Committees. He has been honoured for significant service to electrical engineering, particularly in the mining and energy sectors, and to professional organisations.

Mrs Marion Burgess, appointed Member (AM) in the General Division of the Order of Australia. She has been honoured for outstanding achievement and service to professional scientific organisations in the field of acoustics and noise management. Mrs Burgess has also served for more than 20 years on our Technical Committees for acoustics and noise.

The Hon. Gary Nairn, appointed Officer (AO) in the General Division of the Order of Australia, for outstanding achievement and service to the Parliament of Australia, the communities of New South Wales and the Northern Territory, to the surveying and spatial sciences and to disability support groups. He has also served on our Technical Committee EV-011 Aircraft Noise since 2013.

Mr Allan Harriman, awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia, in recognition of outstanding achievement and service to the building and construction industry through professional associations. He has served on our Technical Committee BD-021, Doors and Windows, since 2011.

Ms Judith Zielke, awarded the Public Service Medal of the Order of Australia in recognition of outstanding service in leading the Joint Agency Coordination Centre to support the Australian Government's response to the disappearance of Malaysia Airlines flight MH370. Ms Zielke’s work in her former capacity at the Department of Industry and Science was invaluable to helping Standards Australia achieve our strategic objectives.

Report: ISO COPOLCO Meeting in Geneva


 
Standards Australia’s National Sector Manager, Alison Scotland, attended the Workshop of the ISO Committee on consumer policy (COPOLCO) and 37th COPOLCO Plenary, in Geneva from 12 to 15 May 2015.

Hosted by the Swiss national standards body, SNV, the theme of the workshop was: “The Connected Consumer in 2020: Empowerment through Standards.” The questions participants asked themselves were: Can standards help protect consumer data privacy in an environment of innovative business practices and models, Big Data and the Internet of Things? If so, how?

Representatives of standards organisations, consumer associations, government agencies and businesses explored how standards and other tools can ensure adequate privacy of personal data and online identity – the active and passive “digital footprint” of individuals – and proposed actions to help consumers engage more effectively in an era of Big Data. Participants were invited to consider whether standards can effectively safeguard consumers’ privacy in a rapidly changing world, where economic incentives to use personal data are as powerful as the technology enabling it to happen.

The next steps of the meeting will be to work on the resolutions agreed upon at the Plenary, and to follow up on some scoping and research projects to identify standards development gaps.

Forum: Powered Wheelchairs and Scooters


In partnership with Austroads, Standards Australia is holding a forum to discuss the development of an Australian Technical Specification (ATS) to complement the AS/NZS 3695 suite of standards for wheelchairs.

The purpose of this forum is to explain the background to the project and its intended outcomes, and to enable stakeholders to discuss the project and offer insight to issues that should be considered by the committee. Standards Australia invites all relevant stakeholders to participate in the forum.

Date: Monday 20 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 by Tuesday 14 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.

If you have particular access requirements, please include these in your reservation email.

More details may be found in the forum invitation (PDF).

For further enquiries, please contact National Sector Manager Jonathan Russell at 02 9237 6004 or jonathan.russell@standards.org.au.

Forum: Concrete Placing Equipment


 
Standards Australia is holding a forum to discuss the possibility of a new project to revise the AS 2550 series of Australian Standards on Concrete Placing Equipment. All relevant stakeholders are invited to take part in this forum.

The purpose of this forum is to explain the background to the project, raise issues for discussion, and to clarify the scope of the proposed revision.

Date: Tuesday 4 August 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 Tuesday 30 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.

More details may be found in the forum invitation (PDF).

For further enquiries, please contact National Sector Manager Jonathan Russell at 02 9237 6004 or jonathan.russell@standards.org.au.

Conference: International Standards & Public Policy, Geneva


This coming November, learn about the many ways in which international standards can support public policy goals at this ISO/IEC conference and training course, including how to reference standards in regulations, how standards can help implement global policy commitments and much more.

Connect with national and international policymakers, regulators, relevant international organisations, and standards developers to share experience and best practices.

Date: 2–3 November 2015
Venues: Full-day conference at the Palais des Nations, 1211 Geneva
Half-day training at ISO/CS, 1214 Geneva

For more information please contact Katharine Fraga (kpe@iec.ch) or Belina Cleeland (cleeland@iso.org). Download the event information here (PDF).

World Standards Day: Video Competition


 
Deadline extended to 20 July.

ISO, IEC and ITU are running 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 before 20 July 2015.

Read more at worldstandardscooperation.org.

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Reminder: Committee Member Deed 2015


You may have seen our mailer on the 2015 Committee Member Deed. If you are a member of an active technical committee, sub-committee or working group we would appreciate it if you could please sign the updated Committee Member Deed (with a witness) and return it to us by email, mail or fax by 20 July 2015.

If you have signed the 2014 Committee Member Deed, you do not need to sign the 2015 version, but may if you wish.

Download the 2015 Committee Member Deed (Word Doc).

Completed Committee Member Deeds may be returned via:
Email: committee.records@standards.org.au
Mail: Standards Australia, GPO Box 476, Sydney NSW 2001
Fax: (+61 2) 9237 6010

A list of frequently asked questions is available from our website (PDF).

If you have any other queries regarding the Committee Member Deed please feel welcome to contact us at the above email address.

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.