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March 2016 Edition

 

CEO Report: Lessons from Perth

In Conversation with Simon Dorries

Video Celebrating International Women’s Day

Celebrating Our Partners in the Plumbing Sector

It’s Consumer Rights Week!

Vale John Wood OAM

Standards Australia Launches Smart Meters Roadmap

It’s Here! Australian Adoption of ISO 9001

Reconstituted AU NC IEC Holds its First Meeting

Standards Australia Travels Nationwide for Prioritisation Seminars

Engaging with the Mining Industry

 

Register Now: Digital Governance Forum

Workshop: How to write an Australian Standard

Seeking Participation in Cloud Computing

Last Chance to Nominate for 2016 Standards Awards!

Testing a Solution for More Efficient International Balloting

Final Weeks of Project Prioritisation Round 12

International Update

Sector Updates

Drafts Open for Comment

VicForests Re-certified on Sustainability by AFS

Standards in the Fishing Industry

CEO Report: Lessons from Perth


 
The Standards Australia Board meets formally four times per year. The Board’s ambition is to hold the meetings in different Australian capital cities to allow them to meet with our stakeholders and contributors in the area. Last month the Standards Australia Board and Executive team travelled to Perth and met with Western Australian stakeholders.

We appreciated that so many people took the time to come and meet with us to share their insights about some of the opportunities and challenges we are facing as we continue to develop and improve our systems, processes and business practices. 

Topics discussed included how to address the challenges of participating when you are based on the west coast with expensive airfares and lengthy travel times inhibiting regular face to face attendance. This allowed us to share details of the technologies we have adopted which enable remote participation. We also recognise that we need to continue to improve these services and so we will continue to develop these platforms further as new cost-effective technologies become available. We welcome the inputs from all our stakeholders and we recognise that location and distance should not limit participation.

Another topic we discussed was how to better engage the next generation of standards developers. The challenge of how to improve committee member succession planning is not unique to Standards Australia. We, along with other national standards bodies, recognise that we must improve our engagement with professionals at all stages in their careers by offering opportunities to participate in committees or by enhancing the systems so that we can enable feedback throughout the standards development process.

One of our initiatives aimed at the next generation of standards developers is the annual Young Leaders Program. This is a well-established development program that gets lots of enthusiastic endorsements from the participants. But we want to have a broader influence so we are discussing opportunities to partner with industry and academia to expand our reach.

Our Perth stakeholders were, not surprisingly, keen to talk about the standards themselves; we discussed new document types and what the introduction of digital access to standards would mean.

Over the past six months we have presented on many occasions on our digital transformation program. This program is in its early stages but it is exciting to explore and consider what the digital transformation will mean for our stakeholders and for the Australian Standards of the future.

I am looking forward to hosting more stakeholder events during 2016 and learning more about how we can improve our processes and practices to better meet your needs.

Wishing you and your families a safe and happy Easter holiday break.

—Dr Bronwyn Evans, CEO

In Conversation with Simon Dorries


 
Simon Dorries has worked in the Forest and Wood Products Industry for over 30 years. He is the current Chief Executive Officer of the Australian Forestry Standard Ltd (AFS), a standards development organisation working towards more sustainable national forest management. The AFS not only develops Australian Standards but also manages the Australian Forestry Standard Certification Scheme. Before his involvement with AFS, Simon was General Manager of the Engineered Wood Products Association of Australasia. He is the current Chair of Standards Australia Technical Committee TM-011, Engineered Timber Products, with participation in eight of our other committees.

In what capacity do you interact with Standards Australia?
My involvement with Standards Australia is as a technical expert in glued wood products. In my former role with the Engineering Wood Products Association, my main interaction was through standards development and technical market promotion. High quality and reliable standards result in products which are safe, fit for use, and highly marketable. That then becomes the platform for market development of engineering products used in critical structural applications.

How does your role as CEO of the AFS affect your involvement with Standards Australia?
The two roles are highly complementary. In my role at AFS, I interact with the growers, processors and end users of wood products. Sustainability is a crucial element. To be able to combine that with the technical aspects of work with Standards Australia is highly advantageous and mutually beneficial.

What are the benefits and challenges of being an accredited SDO?
As a small secretariat, resources are a big challenge. However, we also have greater control of our process, allowing us to closely manage and simplify it wherever possible. It’s all about finding people with the right background and right motivation to get involved.

Video Celebrating International Women’s Day


 
International Women’s Day is celebrated annually on 8 March. The theme this year was #pledgeforparity. To help spread the word, we interviewed some of Standards Australia’s leading women and asked them why more women should get involved in standardisation. Watch it here.

We were featured on the IWD page, where you can watch other videos created for the event.

Celebrating Our Partners in the Plumbing Sector


 
World Plumbing Day is celebrated every year on 11 March. It is a day to recognise the vital role plumbing plays in the health, safety and sustainability of all communities around the world. Standards support this necessity and we are proud to work with plumbers in Australia every day.

It’s Consumer Rights Week!


 
To coincide with World Consumer Rights Day on 15 March, this week is all about celebrating the rights of consumers and how we can better respect and protect those rights. Consumers play a crucial role in our committees, representing a major interest group alongside the views of government, industry, academia and others.

The role of a consumer representative in a committee differs greatly from the technical and industry experts, but it is just as important in the development of a standard. Standards Australia hosted a special training day specifically for consumer representatives to address the importance of their participation and how their voice can be heard. Look out for the video to come on our Youtube channel wrapping up the event.

Vale John Wood OAM


It is with great sadness that we acknowledge the passing of Mr John Wood OAM after a long battle with illness. John was a respected consumer advocate with a celebrated history of contribution to standards development.

Read more here (PDF).

Standards Australia Launches Smart Meters Roadmap


 
Presentations included Mr Neil Fraser of the Electrical Regulatory Authorities Council
Australian stakeholders came together on Thursday 3 March 2015 to set a clear path towards safer, more efficient and market-ready smart meters at the first forum of Standards Australia’s Roadmap for Advanced Metering Standards.

The forum participants considered the key standards-related issues regarding the roll out of smart meters and agreed to focus their activities in four work streams:
  • Safety;
  • General Requirements, Tariff & Load Control;
  • Accuracy & Protocol; and
  • Acceptance & Dependability.
The focused work on safety will be undertaken by Standards Australia committee EL-011, Electricity Metering Equipment, comprised of a balanced representation from government, industry and consumers. Research and investigative work will be undertaken by relevant technical experts in the other work streams. Reports will be delivered on the activities and the findings of the four work streams at the next forum in the roadmap.

The roadmap is co-resourced by key proponents including Vector, Origin, the Energy Networks Association, Landis+Gyr and EDMI together with Standards Australia.

To register your interest in participating in the roadmap or the various work streams, please contact Mr Varant Meguerditchian, Senior Manager, Stakeholder Engagement & Public Affairs at varant.meguerditchian@standards.org.au

Information regarding the next forum in the roadmap will be released shortly.

It’s Here! Australian Adoption of ISO 9001


In September 2015 ISO published updated editions of ISO 9000 and ISO 9001 for quality management systems. Australia and New Zealand have now officially adopted these standards for national use, adding AS/NZS ISO 9000:2016, Quality management systems – Fundamentals and vocabulary, and AS/NZS ISO 9001:2016, Quality management systems – Requirements, to the library.

The joint Australian and New Zealand Technical Committee QR-008, Quality Systems, managed the Australian adoption and also participated extensively in the development of these versions at the international level.

Watch this video from ISO to learn more about the changes in this version, and read our media release (PDF).

Reconstituted AU NC IEC Holds its First Meeting


The Australian National Committee to the IEC held its first meeting of 2016 on 1 March, including a plenary and sub-committee meetings. This meeting inaugurated the newly reconstituted and restructured national committee. Comprised of key representatives from the technology, energy and lighting industries in addition to research and government, the AU NC IEC has the potential to provide strategic direction to Australian stakeholders on main areas of interest in the energy and electrotechnology sector.

The new structure establishes a mirror committee to the IEC's Standardization Management Board and brings the current mirror to the IEC's Conformity Assessment Board under the national committee. This creates broader representation and consultation on voting matters, while also allowing the national committee to focus on long term strategic considerations. The reconstitution also welcomes new members who had previously participated in the IEC Young Professionals Programme.

Standards Australia Travels Nationwide for Prioritisation Seminars


 
Throughout the past month our stakeholder engagement team was busy traveling to major cities throughout Australia for our Prioritisation Seminars. We met with interested stakeholders and discussed how Standards Australia operates and how to get involved.

Thank you to everyone that participated. We hope the event was educational and beneficial for all attendees. We also hope to see some of you again through involvement in standards development.

If you have any questions that did not get addressed, please do not hesitate to contact one of our National Sector Managers.

Engaging with the Mining Industry


Australian Standards are integral to the obligations and practice of mining operations, and are variously cited in regulations. Standards Australia recently had the opportunity to engage with the mining industry. We explored the important initiatives being undertaken by Technical Committee EL-023, Electrical Equipment for Mines and Quarries.

The two forums in Penrith, NSW and Emerald, QLD provided an opportunity for industry stakeholders to learn firsthand of the scope and projects of EL-023 and allowed participants to provide direct feedback to the committee on future directions and recommendations.

Register Now: Digital Governance Forum


Earlier this year IT-030, ICT Governance and Management, developed a technical specification to provide guidance for effective governance of IT enabled investments.

Standards Australia is hosting a forum on 5 April 2016 in response to the publication of SA/SNZ 8019, Governance of benefits realization for IT enabled investments. This event will explore the role of the governing body throughout the lifecycle of investments. It will also update attendees on the work of IT-030 and involvement in areas such as IT Governance, IT Service Management and IT Enabled Services Business Process Outsourcing.

Those interested should download the event invitation (PDF).

Workshop: How to write an Australian Standard


Ever wondered about the structure and preferred writing styles when writing Australian Standards? Still wondering about the difference between the scope, preface, foreword and application clauses? What about the referencing formats?

If you are a participating committee member then this workshop is for you. Join us for a day of normative and informative, and take the opportunity to learn the structure, style and preferred expression when writing Australian Standards.

Read what others have said about the workshop:

  "The content was comprehensive and informative to facilitate better technical writing in the format required for Australian Standards."

"This will help immensely when reviewing revision of current outdated standards."

"Great content, good pace and presented with enthusiasm and subject knowledge."
 

Places fill fast. Visit the workshop page for more information and to register.

Seeking Participation in Cloud Computing


Australia plays an important role in developing international standards in cloud computing through its membership of the joint technical committee ISO/IEC JTC1/SC 38, Cloud Computing and Distributed Platforms. National work in this area is carried out by the Standards Australia mirror committee IT-038.

IT-038 is currently seeking new members. Further information on JTC 1/SC 38 can be found here. If you wish to participate in the committee or have any questions, please contact us at mail@standards.org.au

Last Chance to Nominate for 2016 Standards Awards!


Nominations for individuals and committees for the 2016 Standards Awards are open until Friday 18 March 2016. Learn more on our Standards Awards page.

Testing a Solution for More Efficient International Balloting


As the Australian member at ISO, Standards Australia is responsible for facilitating international ballots for our national mirror committees. In line with our goal of being Simpler, Faster, Better, we are launching a six month pilot of the ISOlutions platform in early April. The aim of this pilot is to reduce the administrative weight and improve the response times for ballots and ease of use for committee members.

The ISOlutions platform automatically disseminates ISO ballots and systematic reviews (including related drafts and commenting templates) to national mirror committees, who can vote and comment via the online portal. At the close of the ballot, project managers are then able to collate votes and comments, and submit the national position to the relevant ISO secretariat.

The pilot will involve a limited group of committees, selected to ensure we have a realistic test of how our members and staff will interact with the platform. If successful we will roll out the system across all ISO mirror committees. Relevant committees have already been informed by their project manager. Thank you in advance to all those involved.

Final Weeks of Project Prioritisation Round 12


We are accepting proposals for standards projects until 23 March 2016. Read more about the process on our website, or speak to one of our National Sector Managers to learn more.
 
     
 
 
 

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.
 
 
 
 

VicForests Re-certified on Sustainability by AFS


 
Robert Green, CEO of VicForests
VicForests has been successfully re-certified to the Australian Standard for sustainable forest management for the ninth year running.

The Australian Forestry Standard (AFS) is a certification that provides consumers with the assurance that the timber products they are buying come from sustainably managed forests.

VicForests CEO Robert Green said the re-certification was a great example of how the state-owned business was continuously improving and adapting its operations as a leader in sustainable and ethical timber production.

“We take our responsibilities very seriously and are continually looking at ways in which we can balance the need to protect environmental values while also meeting the demand for locally sourced, sustainable timber,” Mr Green said.

There are nine criteria that must be met to receive certification including the need to protect biodiversity, maintain forest productivity and forest health, protect soil and water, maintain carbon cycles and maintain and enhance social and economic benefits.

Standards in the Fishing Industry


When consumers buy a fish, they want to know that they are getting what they pay for. Increasingly, consumers also want to know where their fish has come from and how it was harvested. Standards for the Australian fishing industry ensure consistency and confidence in the way seafood is produced and marketed, ultimately improving sales and profitability.

The Fisheries Research and Development Corporation (FRDC) has established the Australian Fish Names Standard and the finfish traceability standard so that fish can be tracked from its origins to a retailer. Each species should be uniquely identified by a single name used consistently throughout the supply chain.

To assist with this, the FRDC maintains the Australian Fish Names Standard (AS 5300), which defines the names to be used for all fish and seafood in Australia. It includes a prescribed standard fish name for almost 5000 species of Australian and imported fish produced or traded in Australia. Standard names allow for more effective fisheries monitoring and management, which in turn results in greater sustainability of fisheries resources.

Traceability and food-safety management can also improve seafood marketing campaigns and reduce the potential for misleading and deceptive conduct, resulting in a more profitable industry. Traceability is the process of tracking seafood from its origins through all stages along the supply chain to the retailer. It is fundamental to ensuring accurate labelling and food safety, especially in the event of a product recall.