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July 2016 Edition

 

CEO Report: The 2015-2016 Financial Year in Review

Next Step in Development of Digital Repository

In Conversation with Andrew Davies

Australia-United Kingdom Standards Cooperation

Partnering with Energy Networks Association on Future of Distributed Electricity

Australia Updates Lift Standard

 

Energy Storage: Updates and Publications

Anti-Ligature/Anti-Harm Hardware Forum

Last chance to win in our video competition!

International Update

Sector Updates

Drafts Open for Comment

PEFC Sharpens Focus on Vietnam

CEO Report: The 2015-2016 Financial Year in Review


 
As I reflect on the past financial year, there are many notable achievements to be proud of.

Our yearly production numbers have exceeded our expectations. With a set target of 345, we closed the year with a total of 369 publications. Compared to last year’s figures, this marks a 9% increase in our total output.

These efficiencies have been realised across the business. Looking first at our international standards, 141 of our 369 publications were identical adoptions. This is a 22% increase since last year, demonstrating the success of our streamlined direct text adoption process.

Standards Australia, together with stakeholders, has taken the lead on many new and exciting projects. We finalised a work program on steel structural standards, commenced a project on the world’s first Digital Hospitals Handbook, and developed and revised a wealth of significant standards. A few highlights included standards on fire doors, life jackets, and hand hygiene products.

The breadth of work that our stakeholders undertake is staggering, and pays testament to the talents, dedication and skills that we foster here in Australia.

Looking ahead, we are excited about working with the new Commonwealth government and stakeholders to continue to deliver standards based solutions in the best interest of Australia.

Next month we will be hosting our nominating organisations forum to seek their valuable input on key matters relating to standards development, and our priorities for the year ahead. We are as always also hosting many important technical committee meetings across Australia and as I can, I will continue to spend time talking to our committee members about their work and what matters to them.

As we continue on our journey of continuous improvement, I ask you to please continue to provide us with your valuable feedback.

—Dr Bronwyn Evans, CEO

Next Step in Development of Digital Repository


 
Standards Australia has partnered with MarkLogic Corporation, a leading operational and transactional Enterprise NoSQL database provider. This is a significant development within Standards Australia’s digital transformation program.

Stage one of the implementation will see Standards Australia establish a repository to store its content using the MarkLogic database at the core.

To learn more about the partnership between Standards Australia and MarkLogic and what it means for the future of standards development, read our joint media release (PDF).

In Conversation with Andrew Davies


 
Earlier this year Standards Australia welcomed a new Publishing and Content Solutions Manager to the team. Andrew Davies plays a key role in the organisation’s transition to the digital world. He joined us with extensive experience in B2B publishing. We sat down with Andrew to discuss his aspirations for Standards Australia’s digital transformation program.

Standards Australia: Why does the digital transformation program matter?
Andrew Davies: We live in a world that is demanding faster responses. Standards development processes require a balance of public consultation and speed to market. The digital transformation program will improve how we work with contributors and reduce production timeframes.

SA: What does a digital repository mean?
AD: A digital repository means a collection of information you can search across and quickly get to the information you want. It should allow you to link between related pieces of information or draw out lists of relationships between parts of the information.

A digital repository should also support us so we can create and maintain our information in a single source. This then allows us to generate multiple versions of the data for a variety of media formats.

SA: How will this transformation allow Standards Australia to better collaborate with stakeholders?
AD: We want to offer them the tools to find relevant information faster and more comprehensively. We expect to use online collaboration tools, allowing more than one author to contribute concurrently while documents are being drafted. We also want to improve the tools that allow stakeholders to comment more effectively on draft documents so that we can open a conversation between them – right at the controversial portions of documents, where we most need to build consensus.

We also want to engage with stakeholders to hear from them how standards are actually being used. We need to work closely with them so we can deliver information in ways that suits and improves their ways of working.

SA: What will be the immediate effects of the digital transformation?
AD: Short term we will be simplifying the way we draft and manage the development processes for standards. We want to have fewer loops between the internal teams so we can get documents out to our end users faster for public comment and publication.

SA: What will be the long term effects?
AD: Technology is continuously evolving so we need to hold our data in a way that allows us to build out to new tools and new media efficiently.

We will be building ways to find relevant Standards and information faster, help users connect from one relevant source to the next and to partner with end users to create solutions which helps them make smarter use of Standards content.

SA: What does this mean for the way we create standards?
AD: Digital publishing should also see us using different media in our standards such as videos, more diagrams and pictures and having downloadable content so the standards data can be built into work tools and processes.

SA: In your experience what is one of the biggest opportunities for Standards Australia?
AD: Every industry is seeking to personalise their products and services to meet the specific needs of their end users. Standards Australia needs to do just that.

Australia-United Kingdom Standards Cooperation


Standards Australia hosted the visit of British Standards Institution’s (BSI) Director of Standards, Dr Scott Steedman, CBE and Mr Peter Sissons, Head, International Engagement from the 11–12 July 2016.

Standards Australia and BSI discussed current developments at ISO and IEC and explored areas of future cooperation. Some of the topics covered included Building Information Modelling, Occupational Health & Safety and Organisational Resilience.

The UK is one of Australia’s top 10 export markets and is also the second largest source of total and direct foreign investment in Australia. Given the extensive bilateral trading relationship underpinned by a shared history and institutional framework, there is considerable scope to enhance our work both bilaterally and internationally.

During the visit Dr Steedman also presented at a roundtable with Government and Australia’s Technical Infrastructure Alliance in Canberra. He presented on BSI’s work on fostering innovation and how the organisation works with regulators.

The visit was also very useful in discussing the implications of the UK leaving the EU for BSI. BSI has published a useful background document (PDF) on the implications of BREXIT and what it means for the UK from a standards perspective.

Partnering with Energy Networks Association on Future of Distributed Electricity


With the support of the Energy Networks Association, Standards Australia published a discussion paper (PDF) on Standards and the Future of Distributed Electricity. The work will facilitate discussions on how standards can support the diverse possible futures of electricity networks, generation, and consumption.

Standards Australia welcomes feedback with a deadline of Monday 7 August 2016. Extensive stakeholder consultations will take place over the next months, with outcomes expected to be published by the end of 2016.

Australia Updates Lift Standard


 
Standards Australia published a revision of the standard covering general requirements for lifts, escalators and moving walks. AS 1735.1:2016 aligns with changes to the relevant European, Chinese and American standards.

Media release: "Australian lifts rise to meet International Standards media release" (PDF).

Energy Storage: Updates and Publications


Second Energy Storage Discussion Paper
Standards Australia’s second discussion paper (PDF) on standardisation for energy storage systems is now published. Submissions should be sent to nsm@standards.org.au by Monday 22 August.

Standard on Demand Response of Energy Storage Systems
Standards Australia recently published a standard relating to the demand response of energy storage systems. The standard was developed at the request of the Energy Networks Association (ENA). See our media release for more: "World First on Demand Response of Electrical Energy Storage" (PDF).

Anti-Ligature/Anti-Harm Hardware Forum


Together with the Architectural Door Hardware Association, Standards Australia invites you to participate in a discussion on anti-harm devices for specialised institutions, such as prisons, psychiatric hospitals, community and residential mental health services. Hear from professionals in the industry and participate in a scoping exercise.

Event invitation: Anti-Ligature/Anti-Harm Hardware Forum (PDF)

Last chance to win in our video competition!


 
You can still enter our World Standards Day Video Competition for a chance to win $500!

Watch our video and find out how to enter here (PDF).
 
     
 
 
 

International Update


Standards Australia represents Australia on the two major international standards development 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.
 
 
 
 

PEFC Sharpens Focus on Vietnam


 
PEFC International CEO Ben Gunneberg celebrates with Nguyen Chanh Phuong, secretary-general of Vietnam’s Handicraft and Wood Industry Association.
With a committed government, engaged local stakeholders and a new Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC) support office, Vietnam is well on the road to developing its own national forest certification system in line with PEFC international requirements.

“It is fantastic to be here and see the strong desire from the national government and local stakeholders alike to develop the Vietnam Forest Certification Scheme (VFCS),” said Ben Gunneberg, CEO of PEFC International.

“The progress they have made so far, and the sheer potential for uptake of forest certification, is impressive.”

The government’s commitment to establishing the Vietnam Forest Certification Council, which will take on the role of running the national system, was once again reiterated by Ha Cong Tuan, Deputy Minister of Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development when he greeted Ben Gunneberg in Ho Chi Minh City.

Director of International Cooperation and Training Dr Vu Tan said this commitment to operate the certification scheme would support the forestry industry in meeting market demands, while at the same time strengthening the ecological functions of forests, particularly in the context of climate change.

Responding to the growing demand for PEFC chain-of-custody certification in the country, Mr Gunneberg’s visit to Vietnam also included the opening of the new PEFC support desk at the Handicraft and Wood Industry Association (HAWA) offices in Ho Chi Minh City. This office will act as a centre point to provide technical support to the furniture processing hotspot of Ho Chi Minh City, and other adjacent provinces.“We are happy to welcome international NGOs such as PEFC as they support our members in obtaining PEFC C-o-C, and we look forward to using the VFCS to fulfill market requirements,” Nguyen Chanh Phuong, HAWA secretary-general said.

Mr Gunneberg said growing PEFC chain of custody in Vietnam was a vital component in expanding PEFC-certified products on the global market.

“Significant volumes of PEFC-certified wood are currently imported to Vietnam for product manufacturing, and then re-exported to markets worldwide,” he said. “Moreover, domestic PEFC-certified sources will also soon be available.”