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CEO Report: Embracing Innovation for a Smarter Australia

This Christmas Season: Be Safe, Be Smart, Be Standard.

In Conversation with Richard Brooks

Official Launch of Medical Technologies and Pharmaceuticals Growth Centre

Honouring Innovation at the AIRAH Awards

Dave Strachan Wins AIPN Award

Development of World’s First Digital Hospitals Handbook

Standards Australia to Host ICT Accessibility Forum

International Proposal for Standardisation of Halal Products

New Standard Addressing Hand Hygiene

 

JAS-ANZ to Manage Australian Membership of IECQ Scheme

Stakeholder Consultation on Foundry Machinery

Stakeholder Consultation on Corrosion Control Engineering Life Cycle

Seeking Interest in ISO/TC 268, Sustainable Development in Communities

Aged Standards Review: Standards Referenced in Legislation Up for Withdrawal

International Update

Sector Updates

Drafts Open for Comment

CEO Report: Embracing Innovation for a Smarter Australia


 
Innovation, courage and a culture of constant change—these are the new drivers of Australia’s success moving forward!

Early last week Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull launched the National Innovation and Science Agenda (NISA), speaking with passion about encouraging a culture of change and embracing risk and disruption.

The Commonwealth’s Agenda is built around disruptive and innovative change across the economy and Standards Australia is well placed to be part of the delivery of the Agenda.

Here are just a few of the key innovative projects we’re working on for a smarter Australia:

Standards Australia just launched a major project on the world’s first guide for digital hospitals. The project will broadly address how technology can be used to deliver more efficient hospital services. With Health and Social Welfare as the two highest expenditure items in the Commonwealth budget, the delivery of more efficient and safe health services will be critical to Australia’s long-term future.
Closer to completion is Standards Australia’s APEC HOST (Harmonisation of Standards for Data and Information Flows) project which has seen our organisation work closely with the Australian Treasury to enable small and medium enterprises in Australia to reach new markets across the Asia-Pacific and America. The project involved the participation of 15 APEC member economies and will deliver recommendations to APEC in early 2016 to promote the free flow of data across borders through standards harmonisation and regulatory coherence.
In the New Year, we will be facilitating a roadmap for Australian stakeholders in the essential industry of energy supply. The work will contribute to a safe and efficient roll out of smart meters in Australian cities and communities as Australia progressively transitions to a smarter economy.

There is so much more on the horizon for Standards Australia. We’re also consulting with Australian government and industry stakeholders to consider project opportunities relating to wearable smart devices, the internet of things, energy efficiency and many others.

We look forward to continuing our work with the Commonwealth to ensure that Australia realises the full extent of its innovation potential.

Our own program of transformation is well underway. This is about embracing the immediate disruptions and turning them into opportunities.

Our focus is to embrace innovation and change; to lead from the front; to not be afraid of leaving the status quo behind; to do things differently, and ultimately, better.

On behalf of my team I want to thank all of our contributors and stakeholders and wish you a restful and relaxing break.

Together we have achieved a great deal this year and the future looks even more promising.

Merry Christmas and see you again in 2016!

—Dr Bronwyn Evans, CEO

This Christmas Season: Be Safe, Be Smart, Be Standard.


 
Dr Bronwyn Evans has shared some simple advice for the holidays on behalf of Standards Australia.

These tips address quintessential Aussie topics like barbeques and sun protection in addition to traditional subjects like Christmas lights and children’s toys.

Read the Be Safe, Be Smart, Be Standard media release (PDF).

In Conversation with Richard Brooks


 
To close off the year, we sat down with the Chair to the Board, Mr Richard Brooks.

Richard has served on our Board since 2009 and chaired the Finance and Audit Committee for the five years prior to his appointment as Chair. He has also chaired the Technical Committee FP 20, Construction in Bushfire Prone Areas, since 2010.

Standards Australia: What is the biggest challenge you see for Standards Australia at the moment?
Richard Brooks: Change. However, if we approach it strategically, we can use change to advance the economy.

There are a number of issues at the moment that the Australian economy and industry are facing. We have challenges in many sectors and by working together we need to turn these challenges into opportunities, as hard as it is sometimes.

The lack of awareness of the relevance and importance of standards (of all forms) in the broader community is concerning and continuing efforts must be made to promote the standards message.

SA: If you were to sum up 2015 from a Standards Australia view, what would it be?
RB: That’s a very big question. Lots has happened. We’ve changed Prime Ministers, we’ve seen strong activity on new Free Trade Agreements and the Australian economy has continued its refocus.

It’s been a challenging year for many of our stakeholders with a lot on the agenda and some very big issues. Non-conforming products is one that comes immediately to mind. The issues are complex and there is no single solution. As I talk to industry leaders I think that there is a common view that we need to do some things differently.

It’s also been a year of great advancement in standards development in Australia and internationally with a strong pipeline into 2016.

SA: What do you think is in the future of standards development?
RB: I think its future is strong. The world needs standards no question. How those standards are developed and used will change, just as the way that a lot of things change but the fundamentals will remain. The development of voluntary market-based solutions by stakeholders working together with a common purpose where they can will always be part of our economic and social system.

SA: Are you taking a break over Christmas and the new year?
RB: 2015 has been a hectic year at a family as well as business level – we’ve moved to a new home, had the recent addition of twin boys to the family and are planning alterations to our home. The holiday period will hopefully provide an opportunity to catch up with family and the reading that I have put to one side.

On behalf of the Standards Australia Board I wish our stakeholders all the best for the festive season, and I look forward to another challenging year in 2016.

Official Launch of Medical Technologies and Pharmaceuticals Growth Centre


 
Left to right: Hon Christopher Pyne MP, Hon Sussan Ley MP, Dr Bronwyn Evans
The highly anticipated Medical Technologies and Pharmaceuticals Growth Centre held its inauguration on 10 December 2015. Minister for Industry, Innovation and Science, Christopher Pyne, officially introduced the centre based at the University of Sydney.

Established under the Government’s Industry Growth Centres Initiative, the centre will act as a hub for the medical technologies and pharmaceuticals sector in the Asia-Pacific region. Its goal is to increase innovation, competitiveness and productivity for Australia.

CEO Dr Bronwyn Evans is Chair of the Growth Centre. "Australia is already successfully participating in this sector's global value chains and this will position Australia even more strongly,” said Dr Evans.

Read more in our Growth Centre launch media release.

Honouring Innovation at the AIRAH Awards


 
Every year the Australian Institute of Refrigeration, Airconditioning and Heating (AIRAH) acknowledges individuals, companies, research projects and products for excellence within the heating, ventilation, air conditioning and refrigeration (HVAC&R) industry.

Standards Australia was proud to sponsor the award for Excellence in Innovation. This honour recognises significant Australian improvements in the areas of HVAC&R achieved through innovation. It can include new or significantly improved systems or plant and equipment or processes.

The winner was the A.G. Coombs Group and Lendlease for their Prefabrication resets construction standard at Barangaroo.

Lendlease together with A. G. Coombs, have introduced a new way to install services risers by prefabricating them. As a result, in excess of 4,000 hours of complicated installation are transferred into a controlled factory environment, and the need to work at height is almost eliminated. This innovative approach significantly reduces construction risk and improves quality and future maintainability.

Dave Strachan Wins AIPN Award


The Australian Injury Prevention Network (AIPN) announced the winners of the AIPN Awards on 26 November 2015. Selection criteria include excellence in communication skills, collaborative work, mentoring of junior colleagues, originality of contribution and overall contribution to injury prevention.

Mr Dave Strachan was awarded the Pam Albany Memorial Award for Contribution to Policy in Injury Prevention and Safety.

Dave is the manager of the Product Safety Unit in the Office of Fair Trading Queensland. He is a leading expert in Australia on consumer product safety regulation and has worked tirelessly across wide-ranging issues for over two decades to ensure product safety regulators incorporate injury prevention perspectives into decision making.

Dave also sits on seven Standards Australia committees, including a position as Chair for CS-003, Safety Requirements for Children’s Furniture. Congratulations to Dave for this major achievement!

Development of World’s First Digital Hospitals Handbook


Last month Standards Australia launched a project to develop the world’s first Digital Hospitals Handbook.

The project will develop a set of principles and recommendations for the design and implementation of Digital Hospitals (new or refurbished). It will broadly address how technology can be used to deliver more efficient hospital services.

Our media release (PDF) provides further detail on the project scope, background and significance.

Standards Australia to Host ICT Accessibility Forum


Accessibility of Information Communications and Technology (ICT) products and services is more and more frequently being regarded as one of the key considerations for ICT vendors and procurement officers. Across the world, leading economies have implemented measures to support the ICT accessibility needs of citizens.

Standards Australia will be hosting a forum on Thursday 4 February 2016 to consider the potential benefits and issues surrounding the development of an Australian accessibility standard for the procurement of ICT products and services, including:

Supporting access to ICT for people with disabilities in an appropriate time frame;
Providing domestic ICT procurers with accessibility guidelines and certainty;
Promoting industry interest in delivering accessible ICT;
Creating an accessibility benchmark to encourage competitive innovation and greater accessibility in ICT; and
The respective European and USA measures providing a platform for Australia to develop or adopt an ICT accessibility standard.

For further details see the forum invitation (PDF).

International Proposal for Standardisation of Halal Products


The Emirates Authority for Standardization & Metrology (ESMA) recently submitted a proposal to ISO detailing the objectives and strategic goals for the standardisation of all Halal products and services.

Standards Australia invites all interested Australian stakeholders to submit comments on the ISO proposal. All comments must be submitted by 9 January 2016.

To learn more about the background and objectives of this proposal, view our media release (PDF).

New Standard Addressing Hand Hygiene


Last month we published AS 1071, Placement and presentation of hand hygiene materials in health care settings.

The objective of this standard is to reduce disease and death resulting from health care associated infections; reduce waste of solutions from incorrect use; and improve hand hygiene by reducing errors in hand hygiene practices associated with choice and use of products.

Read our media release (PDF) for further information on the research and background behind AS 1071.

JAS-ANZ to Manage Australian Membership of IECQ Scheme


Standards Australia has transferred management of Australia’s membership of the IECQ Conformity Assessment Scheme to JAS-ANZ by mutual agreement.

The IECQ is a worldwide approval and certification system covering the supply of electronic components and associated materials and assemblies (including modules) and processes. It uses quality assessment specifications that are based on International Standards prepared by the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC).

The transfer of management allows Australia to continue to participate in the IECQ Scheme and contribute to the global quality assessment system for electric components.

The transfer of management was the result of an application made by JAS-ANZ to the Australian National Committee to the IEC (AU NC IEC) in 2015. The transfer was endorsed by the AU NC IEC and Standards Australia as holder of the AU NC IEC Secretariat. Standards Australia and JAS-ANZ negotiated an agreement which recognises JAS-ANZ as the endorsed manager of Australia’s membership of the IECQ until 2018.

Stakeholder Consultation on Foundry Machinery


ISO has received a proposal from the Chinese national standards body (SAC) for a New Field of Technical Activity (NFTA) on “Foundry Machinery”.

The scope of this activity is:

Standardisation of foundry machinery, including terminology, classification, specifications, test methods and quality requirements of sand preparation equipment, moulding equipment, core making equipment, die-casting equipment (die-casting machine, low pressure casting machine, centrifugal casting machine, gravity casting machine) and casting cleaning and grinding equipment etc.

Standards Australia kindly asks you to consider the following questions and respond by Thursday 25 February 2016.

1. Do Australian stakeholders believe that globally relevant international standards can be developed in this field?
2. If a new committee is established, does Australia want to participate in this work?

Responses can be provided to: nsm@standards.org.au. Thank you in advance for your feedback.

Stakeholder Consultation on Corrosion Control Engineering Life Cycle


ISO has received a proposal from the Chinese (SAC) and American (ANSI) national standards bodies for a New Field of Technical Activity (NFTA) on “Corrosion control engineering life cycle.”

The scope of this activity is:

The standardisation of the corrosion control engineering life cycle, including the terms and definitions, general requirements, and evaluation of the corrosion control engineering life cycle. The engineering life cycle is defined as a system view of the structure to be protected from corrosion that includes the initial design and development based on material selection and protective measures through the construction, inspection, assessment, maintenance, and decommissioning at the end of life of the structure. Excluded is work in the field of corrosion of metals and alloys including corrosion test methods and corrosion prevention methods and standardisation in the field of paints, varnishes, and related products, including raw materials. Specific industry or market segments due to their special requirements are also excluded from the scope.

Standards Australia kindly asks you to consider the following questions and respond by Friday 12 February 2016.

1. Do Australian stakeholders believe that globally relevant international standards can be developed in this field?
2. If a new committee is established, does Australia want to participate in this work?

Responses can be provided to: nsm@standards.org.au. Thank you in advance for your feedback.

Seeking Interest in ISO/TC 268, Sustainable Development in Communities


Australia is currently an Observing member of ISO Technical Committee 268, Sustainable Development in Communities. We welcome proposals for participation from representative organisations for Australia.

TC 268 aids various communities in resiliency and sustainability. They work towards the development and implementation of holistic, cross-sector and area-based approaches to sustainable development. The program of work addresses Management System Requirements and Guidance and other related standards.

If you are interested in participating in TC 268 or simply want to learn more, please contact Damian Fisher, Senior International Development Manager, at damian.fisher@standards.org.au or 02 9237 6098.

Aged Standards Review: Standards Referenced in Legislation Up for Withdrawal


Standards Australia is concluding a review process of standards over 10 years of age to ensure our catalogue remains contemporary and relevant.

This round of review includes any aged standards that were previously referenced in legislation. All of the relevant regulators were contacted first to confirm there were no objections.

Our past rounds of aged standards reviews were divided into sectors. This batch also includes standards that reached their 10 year mark since their sector was reviewed.

Public comment is open for 9 weeks, starting on 11 December 2015 and closing on 12 February 2016.

For further information, please visit our Aged Standards page, contact us on 1800 035 822 or email AgedStandards@standards.org.au
 
     
 
 

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.