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February 2016 Edition

 

CEO Report: Reflecting on the Past, Influencing the Future

2016 Standards Awards Nominations Now Open

In Conversation with Neil Fraser

Standards Australia Focuses on ICT Accessibility

High Level Talks with the Japanese Industrial Standards Committee

New International Field of Technical Activity: Healthcare Administration

ISO 45001 Progresses to Draft Standard

Australia to Withdraw from IECEE Conformity Assessment Scheme

Call for Experts in Electromagnetic Compatibility

 

Vale John Dorter

Clarification When Proposing New International Projects

Project Prioritisation Open Until 23 March

Registration Still Open for Prioritisation Seminars

Commencement of Aged Standards Review 2016

Reminder: Committee Member Deed

International Update

Sector Updates

Drafts Open for Comment

AFS certification system re-endorsed by PEFC at conference in Switzerland

CEO Report: Reflecting on the Past, Influencing the Future


 
Standards Australia is an organisation that succeeds through its members, and this month will be both retrospective and future thinking.

Firstly, it’s that time to look back on the previous year to recognise exceptional individuals in our annual Standards Awards.

Through this program we acknowledge our experienced contributors and emerging new talent by celebrating and recognising their national achievements and international successes.

Do you know someone that contributes consistently and exceptionally? Do you know someone that strives to progress the goals of Standards Australia? If so, I ask you to nominate them today. With your insights that we can ensure outstanding individuals receive the acknowledgement they deserve.

As we reflect on these individual achievements from the past year, I also would like to highlight our plans for the future.

Our mission is to excel in the provision of contemporary, internationally aligned Australian Standards and related services. In order to maintain this relevance, Australia must be a leader.

Important conversations are on our horizon. Many of these are in the Electrotechnology and Energy sector which had the largest percentage (26%) of our publications in 2015. This demonstrates how rapidly this area is evolving and innovating.

Upcoming discussions will cover topics such as advanced metering. With the development of comprehensive roadmaps, Australia will be equipped to advance technologically and economically.

If you have expertise or interest in these areas, make sure you have a “seat at the table” by getting involved in standards development.

—Dr Bronwyn Evans, CEO

2016 Standards Awards Nominations Now Open


 
Standards Australia is pleased to announce that nominations for the 2016 Standards Awards are open for entry. Nominations will be accepted for individuals and committees of Standards Australia and accredited standards development organisations.

More information, including the nomination form, is on our Standards Awards page.

Submit your nomination by Friday 18 March 2016

In Conversation with Neil Fraser


 
This month we feature Mr Neil Fraser, the current Executive Manager of Electrical Installations, Licensing and Equipment Safety at Energy Safe Victoria. Originally trained as an apprentice “Radio Tradesman”, Neil progressed through night school to become an electronics engineer. He worked for 38 years with Arlec with responsibility for the design, sale, and product development of power supplies and battery chargers. In 2004 he joined the Office of the Chief Electrical Inspector, which later became Energy Safe Victoria. Neil is also Chair of the Electrical Regulatory Authorities Council (ERAC). He sits on a variety of Standards Australia committees in relation to electrical equipment. Additionally, he is also a member of the Australian National Committee to the IEC (AU NC IEC).

Standards Australia: In what capacity do you interact with Standards Australia?
Neil Fraser: I first got involved with Standards Australia in 1989. I was working with Arlec at the time and participated in different committees than I do today. My activity in EL-002, Safety of Household and Similar Electrical Appliances and Small Power Transformers and Power Supplies, and EL-004, Electrical Accessories, directly impacted the products I was designing and manufacturing.

At the moment I’m involved in a variety of projects. In EL-042, Renewable Energy Power Supply Systems & Equipment, we’re looking at a battery storage installation standard as well as a standard on solar inverters. I’m involved in the Advanced Metering Roadmap project, which will next meet on 3 March. In my current role I’m also responsible for the representation of electrical safety regulators on relevant standards committees.

SA: What do you think is in the future of standardisation?
NF: I think standardisation will gradually shift towards the universal adoption of European Standards. It isn’t logical for a market like Australia to have its own unique standards that differ from the rest of the world.

SA: How can Standards Australia better collaborate with stakeholders?
NF: I would like to see more video conferencing. Otherwise committee meetings become time consuming and expensive. Standards Australia should also continue to host industry forums and roadmaps before the commencement of any major project.

SA: How can Australia better transition into a smarter economy?
NF: The adoption of international standards gets us closer to a level playing field, making Australia more competitive on a global scale. However, technology is currently moving at a faster pace than standards development, so we must find ways to accelerate the standards process.

SA: At the upcoming Advanced Metering Roadmap forum, what outcome would best benefit Australia?
NF: I would like to see national consistency in the implementation and features incorporated into smart meters. They have already been introduced in Victoria, and it would be unfortunate to see things move backwards.

Standards Australia Focuses on ICT Accessibility


 
Mr John Sheridan, Department of Finance, sharing the government perspective
The potential benefits of having an Australian Standard for the procurement of Information Communications and Technology (ICT) products and services were discussed during a forum held at Standards Australia’s offices on Thursday 4 February 2016.

Stakeholders from government, industry and consumer groups acknowledged that the accessibility of ICT products and services is more and more frequently regarded as one of the key considerations for vendors and procurement officers.

At the forum it was agreed that the preferred pathway to having an Australian Standard for ICT accessibility was to adopt the European Standard EN 301549 (PDF) in Australia.

Standards Australia CEO Dr Bronwyn Evans acknowledged that Standards Australia has a critical role to play in making ICT accessible to all Australians.

“We recognise that people with vision, hearing and other impairments represent an important component of the Australian community and we have an obligation to address their needs.”

“Across the world, leading economies including the USA and the European Commission have implemented measures to support the ICT accessibility needs of citizens and Australia needs to do the same,” said Dr Evans.

To share your views on the adoption of the European Standard in Australia please contact Mr Varant Meguerditchian, Senior Manager, Stakeholder Engagement & Public Affairs, at varant.meguerditchian@standards.org.au

High Level Talks with the Japanese Industrial Standards Committee


The Secretary General of the Japanese Industrial Standards Committee (JISC), Dr Takeo Hoshino headed a Japanese delegation that met with Dr Bronwyn Evans in Sydney in January.

Discussions focused on cooperation in regional and international standards development forums across a number of key economic sectors including health and aging, advanced manufacturing and asset management.

The Sydney meetings gave pace to a series of bilateral and regional initiatives that are collaboratively being pursued to strengthen relations and increase economic output for the two countries.

The high-level bilateral encounter in Sydney follows meetings between Standards Australia and JISC at the ISO General Assembly in Seoul, Korea and at the IEC General Meeting in Minsk, Belarus during 2015.

New International Field of Technical Activity: Healthcare Administration


 
ISO has recently submitted a proposal for a potential new field of technical activity relating to Healthcare Administration. All interested Australian stakeholders are invited to submit comments on the ISO proposal.

To read the proposal and learn more about its scope, please contact Bronwyn Walker, National Sector Manager, at bronwyn.walker@standards.org.au

Please note all comments and feedback received will be used in the development of an Australian position. Comments are to be submitted to Standards Australia by 4 March 2016.

ISO 45001 Progresses to Draft Standard


Last week ISO released the draft form of International Standard ISO 45001, Occupational health and safety management systems – Requirements. The Australian mirror committee has been a key contributor in the drafting of this document.

Over 60 countries are participating in the standard’s development and each will approve, disapprove or abstain on the content of the document in April. The Australian mirror committee will consider and provide Australia’s vote and comments on the draft. You can provide input via one of the nominating organisations that are represented on this committee. See the SF-001 committee page for details.

More information on ISO 45001 is available on the ISO website.

Australia to Withdraw from IECEE Conformity Assessment Scheme


The Australian National Committee to the IEC (AU NC IEC) recently reviewed Australia’s membership and participation of the IEC System of Conformity Assessment for Electrotechnical Equipment and Components (IECEE) Conformity Assessment Scheme.

As an outcome of the review, the AU NC IEC has formally notified the IECEE Secretariat of its decision to withdraw Australian membership of the IECEE Conformity Assessment Scheme.

Australia will remain a full member of the IECEE Conformity Assessment Scheme until the end of the 2016 calendar year.

The IECEE Conformity Assessment Scheme is designed to facilitate certification or approval according to IEC standards, thus allowing for expedient international trade in electrical equipment, primarily intended for use in homes, offices, workshops, healthcare facilities and similar locations, for the benefit of consumers, industries and authorities.

The AU NC IEC and Standards Australia continue to engage with key stakeholders to ensure the responsible management of Australia’s future relationship with the IECEE Conformity Assessment Scheme.

For more information, contact Mr Varant Meguerditchian, Senior Manager, Stakeholder Engagement & Public Affairs, at varant.meguerditchian@standards.org.au

Call for Experts in Electromagnetic Compatibility


Technical Committee TE-003 will soon be revising AS/NZS 2344:2007, Limits of electromagnetic interference from overhead a.c. power lines and high voltage equipment installations in the frequency range 0.15 to 1000 MHz.

The revisions will include:

Corrections;
Revised and updated references;
Incorporation of advances in measurement techniques;
Additional guidance and requirements imposed on power systems by the increased penetration of Smart Grid instrumentation; and
Extension of the scope of the standard to include frequency range up to 3000 MHz

The committee is seeking interested parties and invites relevant experts to contribute to the content and review of this standard. Contact: mail@standards.org.au

Vale John Dorter


It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Mr John Dorter.

John contributed greatly to both the legal profession and standards development.

John was the Law Council of Australia’s representative on the OB-003 committee charged initially with updating the General Conditions of Contract. The committee shared that the structure and content of the resulting standard are largely due to his superb drafting efforts.

Read more about John’s contributions here (PDF).

Clarification When Proposing New International Projects


The Standards Development Advisory Committee (SDAC) agreed to a clarification to Standardisation Guide 15, Australian involvement in international standardisation, at their November 2015 meeting. The clarification ensures that international projects proposed by Australia are also subject to net benefit assessment in line with our policy on national projects. Standards Australia recognises that a net benefit case is an essential element of any new project proposal.

Clause 10.3 in SG-015 has been modified to require that new projects put forward to ISO and IEC require wide stakeholder support for the proposal and a net benefit case for the new work.

There may be instances where Australia is providing the secretariat function to the ISO or IEC committee and in these instances the new project proposals will be clearly marked as a proposal from the international committee and not from Australia.

SG-015 can be downloaded from our website (PDF).

Project Prioritisation Open Until 23 March


The 12th round of project prioritisation is now open. We will accept proposals until 23 March 2016. Read more about the process on our website, or speak to one of our National Sector Managers to learn more.

Registration Still Open for Prioritisation Seminars


It’s not too late to register for one of our seminars! They provide an update on our operations over the past year, future direction and updates to processes at Standards Australia.

Please RSVP your attendance by clicking 'register' next to your preferred city and submitting the registration form. If you have any questions please email nsm@standards.org.au

Seminar details
Sydney
22 February, 10:00–12:00, Standards Australia
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Melbourne
23 February, 10:00–12:00, Cliftons Melbourne
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Brisbane
24 February, 14:00–16:00, Cliftons Brisbane
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Perth
24 February, 15:00–17:00, Pan Pacific Perth
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Darwin
26 February, 14:00–16:00, Venue TBC
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Adelaide
7 March, 14:00–16:00, Cliftons Adelaide
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Commencement of Aged Standards Review 2016


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

This review covers the aged standards for 2016 that are not referenced in legislation and do not fall within the area of oversight of an active committee.

This consultation period started Monday 15 February 2016 and ends Friday 15 April 2016.

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

Reminder: 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.

Download the 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
 
     
 
 
 

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). Our activities are reported on our International Updates page.

Sector Updates


Read about the latest standards development news in your industry sector on our Sector Updates page.

Drafts Open for Comment


The public comment process provides an opportunity for stakeholders and members of the public to make valuable contributions. View draft standards currently open for comment.
 
 
 
 

AFS certification system re-endorsed by PEFC at conference in Switzerland


 
From left: Ben Bunneberg, PEFC International CEO, William Street, PEFC Chairman, Simon Dorries, AFS Ltd CEO
Australian Forestry Standard (AFS) CEO Simon Dorries accepted the certificate of re-endorsement of the national forestry standard certification system at the Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC) meeting in December. More than 150 representatives of member countries and stakeholders and supporters attended the event.

“The Australian system has been extended by PEFC for another five years, which confirms that the Australian Forest Certification Scheme continues to meet PEFC's globally-recognised sustainability benchmarks,” Mr Dorries said.

“It also ensures that certified forest owners and companies in Australia continue to benefit from the global acceptance of PEFC.”

Re-endorsement of the scheme is significant – Australia is the first non-European country to be recognised by PEFC. More than 10 million hectares of forest have been certified in Australia.

AFS is hosting an industry dinner in Melbourne on March 21 – the UN International Day of Forests – to be addressed by Assistant Minister for Agriculture and Water Senator Anne Ruston and PEFC International CEO Ben Gunneberg who will be in Australia visiting AFS stakeholders.

For more AFS news, see our news release (PDF).