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May 2016 Edition

 

CEO Report: Leading and Learning

Dr Bronwyn Evans Delivers HIA DR Dossetor Lecture for 2016

Work Begins on Energy Storage Roadmap

SHOW INNOVATION Showcases Standards Australia

In Conversation with Ian Oppermann

New International Field of Technical Activity: Blockchain & Electronic Distributed Ledger Technologies

PASC 39th Meeting in Indonesia

Singapore and Australia Supporting the Silver Economy

 

Plumbing Sector Review

Call for Applications for Young Leaders Program 2016-2017

Applications Now Open: IEC Young Professionals

Upcoming Forum: Innovation in the Grid

Second Forum on Advanced Metering Standards

International Update

Sector Updates

Drafts Open for Comment

LEED Credit Upholds Sustainable Forestry

CEO Report: Leading and Learning


 
Maintaining strong regional and international relationships is an economic and trade imperative for Australia.

Last week we joined together with over twenty economies in the Asia-Pacific region for the 39th annual Pacific Area Standards Congress (PASC) meeting in Indonesia. The meeting was a great success with much discussion around new and emerging technologies and innovations.

One such discussion was on Standards Australia’s blockchain standards proposal which was submitted last month to ISO.

Blockchain is a digital platform that records and verifies transactions in a public and secure manner. This decentralised, cryptography-based solution has the potential to redefine transactions by removing the need for middlemen.

Whilst blockchain is just one emerging disruptive technology it is reflective of the world that we live in with megatrends converging.

I had the opportunity this week to speak on this and other disruptive forces affecting our economy at the Housing Industry Association (HIA) National Conference. Whilst on a first glance some of the global megatrends may seem remote, just below the surface are trends that are already shaping our future.

Being able to identify, seize and act on these disruptive forces is important across all aspects of our economy and with all of our stakeholders and contributors.

—Dr Bronwyn Evans, CEO

Dr Bronwyn Evans Delivers HIA DR Dossetor Lecture for 2016


 
From left: Mr Shane Goodwin, Managing Director HIA, Dr Bronwyn Evans, Mr Ross Lang, National President HIA
Earlier this week, Dr Bronwyn Evans delivered the keynote address at the 2016 HIA National President’s Dinner. The lecture provided an opportunity for Dr Evans to talk about the disruptive forces within the Australian and world economy and how this connects to the construction sector in Australia.

Previous speakers have included The Hon Kevin Rudd MP, Prime Minister of Australia, Senator Nick Xenophon and Mr Rod Pearse CEO Boral Limited.

“I was humbled to have been able to give the address this year. As a key partner of ours, to be able to talk to the HIA about opportunities in the residential construction sector and how we can pursue them together was an honour.”

Click here to read the full remarks (PDF).

Work Begins on Energy Storage Roadmap


Standards Australia, with the support of the COAG Energy Council, recently began work on an Energy Storage Roadmap. The work will support the safe and efficient uptake of energy storage technology in Australia.

Learn more in our media release (PDF).

SHOW INNOVATION Showcases Standards Australia


 
SHOW INNOVATION is an online show that highlights innovators in Australia. In each episode Sidney Minassian, host and founder/CEO of Contexti, sits down with the featured guest as they share their stories, lessons learned and strategies for impacting innovation in Australia.

This month Standards Australia CEO Dr Bronwyn Evans was featured on the show. Watch her interview here to learn more about her role as a leader in technology, her ideas around innovation and the Australian economy, and how standards support innovation.

In Conversation with Ian Oppermann


 
Dr Ian Oppermann is the first ever CEO and Chief Data Scientist for the NSW Government’s Data Analytics Centre. With over 20 years’ experience in the ICT sector, he is viewed as a modern thought leader on the digital economy. Some of his past roles include Director for Radio Access Performance at Nokia, Global Head of Sales Partnering at Nokia Siemens Networks, and Divisional Chief and Flagship Director at CSIRO. Ian is a Fellow of the Institute of Engineers Australia, a Fellow of the IEEE, a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering, a Senior Member of the Australian Computer Society, and a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. In the standards world, he is the current President of the Australian National Committee to the IEC as well as member of JTC 1 SAC, the international technical committee on information technology.

Standards Australia: In what capacity do you interact with Standards Australia?
Ian Oppermann: I have recently taken over as the President of the National Committee to the IEC. I am trying to take this committee in a new direction, specifically thinking about the role that data can play in areas like smart cities, smart grids and smart infrastructure. We need to identify how the national committee can play a role, what areas could benefit from standards development, and which standards currently being developed could benefit from this shift. To some extent my role is to ‘watch and brief’, but I’m hoping to take it beyond that by identifying areas of opportunity and getting Australia involved.

SA: How can standards support emerging areas of work?
IO: There are some major technology trends happening everywhere in the world which will impact what we do, how we deliver services, what products we create and how we live our lives. Ultimately, data is the common denominator behind all of these. Linking the data sets from these domains together helps us build models to understand these systems and help us create models to better plan or explore “what if” scenarios. At the moment, there is no real overarching standard on data governance, privacy or data sharing. We may be developing standards individually for each of these specific emerging areas, but we need to clearly map and understand data as a collective driver for productivity in all environments.

SA: What do you think is in the future of standardisation?
IO: In addition to these emerging trends, we are also facing new disruptive technologies, such as blockchain. As disruptive technologies begin to demonstrate longevity, organisations have to change the way they operate. This in turn creates an urgent need for standardisation so that all first generation solutions can talk to each other. Electricity, batteries—these were once all viewed as disruptive technologies, but now they have been standardised in some way. There is a technological revolution taking place right now and the opportunity exists to either join different technologies together or take first generation solutions and then develop standards around them.

SA: How can Standards Australia better collaborate with stakeholders?
IO: Sophisticated industry players know that Standards Australia exists, but it’s harder for smaller organisations to understand the role that standards play in their lives. Many people don’t understand how standards are relevant to their lives, jobs, or to the future. Standards historically are viewed as unexciting when in reality they are powerful tools for interconnecting, making things work seamlessly and creating international markets. An Australian company which is at the cusp of a developing standard gets a substantial boost nationally and internationally as that standard gets rolled out. I don’t think this is understood by many small companies and is an area of opportunity for Standards Australia.

New International Field of Technical Activity: Blockchain & Electronic Distributed Ledger Technologies


 
In April, Standards Australia submitted a proposal on behalf of Australian stakeholders to ISO for a potential New Field of Technical Activity relating to Blockchain & Electronic Distributed Ledger Technologies.

The Australian proposal to develop international blockchain standards has been officially released by the ISO Secretariat to all 161 members of the ISO.

All interested Australian stakeholders are invited to submit comments on the proposal to Standards Australia by 30 June 2016. Please note all comments and feedback received will be used in the development of an Australian position.

Standards Australia has prepared an information sheet (PDF) to better inform ISO member bodies and stakeholders of the proposal for a New Field of Technical Activity relating to Blockchain & Electronic Distributed Ledger Technologies.

To read the proposal and learn more about its scope, please contact Varant Meguerditchian, Senior Manager, Stakeholder Engagement & Public Affairs, at varant.meguerditchian@standards.org.au

PASC 39th Meeting in Indonesia


 
The 39th meeting of the Pacific Area Standards Conference (PASC) was hosted recently by Indonesia. PASC brings together national standards bodies from the Asia-Pacific region. Representatives from ISO, IEC, ITU and specialist regional bodies also attend.

Australia has trade agreements and growing economic ties with many of the PASC member countries. The PASC meeting is an important forum for addressing common standards and conformance challenges across the region and promoting standards harmonisation.

The PASC members were introduced to the new Director of the ISO Regional Office in Singapore, Alan Morrell. Australia has strongly advocated for ISO to adopt a regional engagement strategy and very much welcomes the appointment of Alan, who has a wealth of knowledge in the Asia-Pacific region. The meeting also held a special session to gather feedback from the region for the next IEC MasterPlan.

The official PASC meeting was preceded by a workshop with the theme How to engage Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSME) in standardisation activities. There were many interesting presentations on how standards and conformity assessment schemes can benefit MSMEs and ideas for promoting standardisation to MSMEs.

The PASC Executive Committee (EC) meeting was held on final day with a focus on the PASC strategic plan and action items arising from the PASC 39 AGM.

The Australian delegation also made good use of the opportunity and met with a range of national standards bodies who also attended the PASC meeting.

Singapore and Australia Supporting the Silver Economy


 
Standards Australia and Austrade in association with SPRING Singapore, are pleased to invite you to the first Standards and Innovation Dialogue Workshop – Supporting the Silver Economy, on Wednesday 25 May 2016.

The workshop will outline Singapore’s experience in the development of standards in support of its ageing population. The delegation will outline key observations and developments taking place, and the role that standards and conformance will play in the silver economy.

Austrade will also outline Australia’s senior living and health industry capability and services to support Australia’s growing trade and investment relationship with our largest export and investment market in Southeast Asia.

Interested in attending? Want to learn more? View the invitation (PDF).

Plumbing Sector Review


 
To ensure that the development work in the plumbing sector is undertaken efficiently and focused on achievable outcomes, Standards Australia conducted a survey of our plumbing standards development processes seeking input from stakeholders on what’s working, what’s not working, and how we can improve.

Standards Australia has proposed some straightforward, but significant, changes and practices in a consultation paper (PDF). These changes will ensure confidence in our processes, advance the plumbing standards development program and align projects for National Construction Code consideration.

We welcome your comments, which can be sent to Daniel Chidgey, National Sector Manager, at daniel.chidgey@standards.org.au

Call for Applications for Young Leaders Program 2016-2017



Standards Australia is now accepting applications for the 2016-2017 Young Leaders Program. This program is designed to bring together Australia’s next generation of standards experts.

Ten professionals will be selected and provided with training and direct exposure to the standards development process. Participants will develop the skills required to be successful in the technical committee environment. They will be paired with a mentor and will have the opportunity to attend relevant technical committee meetings for standards development projects.

To learn more, see our website. Applications close 30 June 2016.

Applications Now Open: IEC Young Professionals


Above: Australian IEC Young Professionals meet with Standards Australia and the Australian National Committee to the IEC in Minsk in 2015

The IEC Young Professionals Programme brings together the world's upcoming leaders in electrotechnology, providing them with opportunities to shape the future of international standardisation and conformity assessment.

Standards Australia is now accepting applications for the IEC Young Professionals Programme. It includes a workshop for Young Professionals (PDF) at the IEC General Meeting, 10-12 October 2016 in Frankfurt, Germany.

Interested in applying or want to learn more? Click here (PDF). Submissions close 23 June 2016.

Upcoming Forum: Innovation in the Grid


On Tuesday 28 June, Standards Australia invites all interested stakeholders from the electrotechnology and energy sector to a forum. This event will address changes in the electrotechnology and energy sector, such as the continuing transition of the grid and innovations in energy production and storage. Participants will:

Receive updates on current work to revise and draft new standards in these areas;
Examine potential cooperation and engagement on international standardisation activities; and
Shape future standards development in energy and electrotechnology.

All interested parties can view the event invitation (PDF) for additional information.

Second Forum on Advanced Metering Standards


Standards Australia will be hosting the second forum in the Roadmap for Advanced Metering Standards on Thursday 16 June 2016 as the next step towards safer, more efficient and market-ready smart meters.

The second forum will provide an update on the safety work stream undertaken by EL-011, Metering Equipment, with the modified adoption of IEC 62052.31. Reports will also be presented on the work of the other work streams: general requirements, tariff and load control; accuracy and protocol; and acceptance and dependability.

For further information see the invitation (PDF).

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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.

The Australian and New Zealand Wiring Rules (AS/NZS 3000) are currently out for public comment and available on the above link.
 
 
 
 

LEED Credit Upholds Sustainable Forestry


New compliance path for green buildings

THE CEO of Australian Forestry Standard Ltd Simon Dorries has welcomed a decision by the US Green Building Council to endorse internationally-recognised voluntary forest certification standards such as PEFC.

The green building movement – from architects and builders to specifiers and planners – can now benefit from an expanded range of responsibly sourced timber and forest products eligible for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification.

LEED was developed by the US Green Building Council (USGBC) to set rating systems for the design, construction, operation, and maintenance of green buildings, homes, and neighbourhoods.

AFS Ltd is the Australian member of the Program for the Endorsement of Forest Certification, one of 30 national forest schemes endorsed by the PEFC, the world’s largest forest certification system with more than 275 million ha of certified forests.

Mr Dorries said the USGBC had issued an Alternative Compliance Path (ACP), which rewarded building projects that used “wood products from certified sources as defined by ASTM D7612-10".

The ACP will apply to all LEED v4 rating systems including Homes v4 and to all LEED 2009 rating systems.

“Sustainable, PEFC-certified timber provides architects and the construction industry with great opportunities,” Simon Dorries said.

The Australian Forest Certification Scheme, which achieved PEFC re-endorsement for the second time last year, becomes the first non-European country to be recognised by PEFC. Since then, more than 10 million ha of forest has been certified in Australia.

PEFC International CEO Ben Gunneberg said the LEED initiatives offered exciting possibilities in addressing challenges such as climate change, growing populations and urbanisation, especially as wood offered innovative building solutions with a minimal environmental footprint.

“With LEED now including PEFC, construction projects can in the future obtain both LEED and PEFC Project Chain of Custody certification,” Mr Gunneberg said.

“The construction industry is one of the largest buyers of timber products, which means the sector has a huge influence on the type of timber in demand.

“With PEFC-certified timber offering the widest choice of sustainable timber available to architects, specifiers and designers, we are poised to see an increase of wood used in construction.”