Facebook   Twitter   LinkedIn

November 2016 Edition


CEO Report: Digitise and Collaborate

Annual Review 2016: New Frontiers

Digital Transformation: Current and Future Steps

Going Digital in 60 Minutes

In Conversation with Michelle Fitzgerald

Focus on Blockchain at JTC 1 Plenary for Information Technology

2017 NCC Information Seminars

New Standard for Fall Prevention from Openable Windows


Workshop: How to write an Australian Standard

Call for Nominations for Healthcare Facilities Security Committee

Clarification on Conformity Assessment Requirements

Cooperating with AISI on Steel Standards

International Update

Sector Updates

Drafts Open for Comment

Quality Care Pharmacy Standard Review

CEO Report: Digitise and Collaborate

The CSIRO report Enabling Australia’s Digital Future from 2014 notes that “Australia’s digital future is set to transform the nation. Our transition towards a more digital economy will drive economic progress, improve social wellbeing, and open up new opportunities for innovation and increased competitiveness on the global stage”.

This impetus for transformation is just as true in 2016 as it was in 2014. To examine these themes we hosted a breakfast event ahead of our 2016 Council Meeting where our panel tackled “Digital in 60 Minutes” on 18 November 2016.

Our panel comprised three outstanding speakers who brought their unique perspectives on the impact of digital.

Teresa Corbin, CEO Australian Communications Consumer Network, reminded the audience that with the benefits of digital transformation there should not be a reduction in the rights of the consumer. These rights are those same fundamental consumer rights we expect in other situations, such as the right to safety, the right to be informed and the right to choose.

Ron Cruickshank, Director WSP Digital, gave examples where “old” industries are actively going digital and challenging their own assumptions about how things get done in their industry. One example was a VicRoads project where dynamic road signs were using data already collected to inform motorists about journey times.

Neil Savery, General Manager, Australian Building Codes Board, presented his vision and strategy for taking the ABCB digital. An important contribution to economic efficiency and productivity for the building and construction sector in Australia.

Our Council meeting held immediately following the “Digital in 60 minutes” breakfast focused on the themes of engagement and collaboration. At our end of year Council meetings each year we present to Council the work of the Board Committees, our financial position and the operational results. Equally important is the opportunity for Councillors to have their questions presented and addressed.

To allow for additional opportunities for Council interaction and collaboration, the Chairman announced he will host two additional meetings for Councillors to meet with the Board and Executive in 2017. These sessions will coincide with the February and August 2017 Board meetings.

To end where I started, with a quote from the CSIRO Enabling Australia’s Digital Future report, “Australia’s future is digital, hyper-connected and critically dependent on technology…” This means that the work of Standards Australia remains vitally important and I look forward to working with you all in 2017 as we chart our digital future – together.

—Dr Bronwyn Evans, CEO

Annual Review 2016: New Frontiers

Standards Australia’s 2016 Annual Review is now available on our website, providing coverage of major events and milestones, our financial position, production numbers, and more.

Digital Transformation: Current and Future Steps

Since Standards Australia’s Board approved the Digital Transformation Program in May 2016, we have been working hard to deliver a digital platform for Standards Australia.

In a little over 6 months, we have:

Established a digital foundation with an XML repository that will enable the rollout of our digital platforms. Initially, the repository will allow committee access to the SA and ISO catalogue relevant to committee work. Committee members should expect user testing early in 2017;
Digitised our publishing tools with final configuration underway to bring substantial efficiencies to our workflows. Whilst committees will not see much change, timeframes on document preparation will reduce significantly leaving our staff with more time to work on standards, spending less time on styling;
Consulted on simplified drafting templates which will feed both publishing tools and the repository with a roll out in early 2017;
Successfully concluded an ISO E-Balloting pilot and are in final stages of planning the roll out to all ISO mirror committees by mid-2017.

Together with our enhanced public comment tool, E-Learning platform and the implementation of video conferencing tools, we are taking big steps forward to make working with us simpler, faster and better.

We have also responded to the demand for enhanced WIFI capacity at our Bridge Street offices to enable broad use of video conferencing tools.

End users wanted… apply within!

As with all technology projects, much of the work to date has been invisible to our contributors. 2017 will see us road testing and rolling out the tools we have spent the year building.

We want to make sure that the consultation, scoping and planning that we put in at the front of these projects connects with user needs – and for that – we need you!

To help us with early phase end user testing, please email us at dtx@standards.org.au

Going Digital in 60 Minutes

On 18 November Standards Australia hosted a ‘Digital in 60 Minutes’ breakfast. Key speakers included: Teresa Corbin, CEO, Australian Communications Consumer Action Network; Ron Cruickshank, Director, WSP Digital; and Neil Savery, General Manager, Australian Building Codes Board.

For more from the event, see Digital in 60 Minutes Insights (PDF).

In Conversation with Michelle Fitzgerald

Beyond her position as Director on the Standards Australia Board, Michelle Fitzgerald is the first ever Chief Digital Officer and Smart City Manager for the City of Melbourne. In this role, she is leading the shift in infrastructure management towards smart city modelling, attracting and supporting tech and bioscience startups, and driving digital development and open data across council. Her previous experience includes 12 years as a PwC consultant, the last five years as a Partner specialising in digital and customer experience. Michelle was also recently awarded as one of the Knowledge Nation 100 leaders in Australia.

Standards Australia: Why are our cities talking about 'going digital'?
Michelle Fitzgerald: Today, many Australian cities are facing a perfect storm in terms of disruptive change - whether it be demographic changes such as population growth; increasing density and development activity; and the consequences of global warming such as extreme heat and floods. Emerging technologies - including the 'Internet of things', driverless electric share cars, internables and wearables, artificial intelligence and big data, augmented and virtual reality - when applied thoughtfully, may allow us to adapt to these changes in a way that protects and enhances our quality of life. However If we don't plan ahead for these technology changes, there may be unintended consequences. Just like the music, media and financial services sectors, our cities are being digitally disrupted.

SA: What are some examples?
MF: Our cities produce exabytes of data every day, and emerging technologies can allow us to use this data in multiple ways to improve city navigation, safety and amenity. For example, helping blind people navigate city streets independently via apps that draw on a city's open data platform to provide information on the heights of footpaths and the location of infrastructure, such as park benches that might obstruct their way. Or guiding cars towards available street parking spaces, drawing on real-time parking sensor data, which would help save time for car occupants and reduce city congestion.

SA: How will this movement to digital affect standards development?
MF: In Australia, we will have continued opportunities to draw on global standards in this space. For example, Hypercat (BSI PAS212:2016) is an internationally applicable standard developed by a community of experts to drive secure and interoperable Internet of Things (IOT) for industries and cities. Gartner predicts that there will be 20.8 billion globally connected 'things' by 2020. According to Justin Anderson, the Founder and Director of the Hypercat Alliance, "Hypercat aligns with other standards around the world to add additional context in the built environment and smart cities. It creates a fertile and evolving environment for creativity, allowing new innovation by combining different systems in new ways. It can also insure against the failure of any system to provide greater levels of resilience." Hypercat Australia was launched earlier this year by the Honourable Angus Taylor MP.

SA: What do you think is in the future of standardisation?
MF: Standards will continue to play a critical role in underpinning the safety and security of our communities. However, the way in which standards are accessed will become more convenient and tailored. For example, you would be able to easily search for the standards that relate to a particular activity, and download a specific subset of standards that are tailored for your needs, without having to wade through hundreds of pages of documentation. This might be accompanied by how-to videos that would visually guide a new user on how to comply with a standard. You might also be able to click to chat to a standards expert, and ask for their advice. All of the above should be accessible via your device of choice, whether it be a smart phone, tablet and/ or desktop computer. As customers, our expectations are being increasingly shaped by platforms and apps such as Airbnb and Uber. We now expect that same level of convenience and curation in everything we do, including how we access and embed standards in our working lives. The easier we make it for people to access standards, the safer our communities will be.

Focus on Blockchain at JTC 1 Plenary for Information Technology

From left to right: Karen Higginbottom, JTC 1 Chair; Lisa Rajchel, JTC 1 Secretary; John Sheridan; Henry Cuschieri, ISO Technical Programme Manager
The 31st ISO/IEC JTC 1 Information Technology Plenary was held in Lillehammer, Norway earlier this month. Attending as part of the Australian delegation was John Sheridan, past Chair of both JTC 1 Strategic Advisory Committee (JTC 1 SAC) and JTC 1 Sub Committee 40, IT Service Management and IT Governance.

Standards Australia presented at the Plenary on the planned close collaboration and cooperation between JTC 1 and the international technical committee, ISO/TC 307, Blockchain and Electronic Distributed Ledger Technology.

Standards Australia holds the secretariat of ISO TC 307 and outlined that it will be seeking to partner directly with JTC 1 Sub Committees and Working Groups.

Participants agreed that wide stakeholder involvement is key to developing robust and credible international standards that enable competition, support innovation and reduce barriers to trade.

JTC 1 expressed its appreciation to John Sheridan for his valuable contributions and leadership. Dr Ian Oppermann is now the Chair of JTC 1 SAC and Jan Begg was appointed as the new Chair of JTC 1 SC 40.

2017 NCC Information Seminars

Following the introduction of the 3-year amendment cycle, Standards Australia and the ABCB will be undertaking presentations in all capital cities specifically designed for the practical application, clarification and understanding of the Building Code of Australia (BCA).

Find out more: 2017 NCC Information Seminars (PDF).

New Standard for Fall Prevention from Openable Windows

A new standard was published last month: AS 5203:2016, Protection of openable windows/fall prevention—Test sequence and compliance method.

The standard aims to provide the test method to help reduce the risk of injury and death associated with accidental falls through open windows, specifically for children five years old and younger.

Read our media release (PDF) to learn more.

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 (Melbourne participant 2015).

This will help immensely when reviewing revisions of current outdated standards (Brisbane participant 2015).

This is my first effort at drafting. It is a perfect time to develop this knowledge (Adelaide participant 2015).

Great content, good pace and presented with enthusiasm and subject knowledge (Brisbane participant 2015).

Visit the workshop page for all details and registration.

These workshops have been scheduled due to popular demand. Places fill quickly, so register now to avoid disappointment.

Call for Nominations for Healthcare Facilities Security Committee

Standards Australia is currently constituting Technical Committee HT-008, Healthcare Facilities Security, to commence the revision of AS 4485, Security for healthcare facilities.

We welcome nominations of representatives to the committee. For further information, please email mail@standards.org.au

Clarification on Conformity Assessment Requirements

In alignment with ISO/IEC Directives and Standards Australia’s Memorandum of Understanding with the Australian Government, Standards Australia allows product conformity requirements (test methods and sampling requirements) in Australian Standards but prohibits conformity assessment requirements (inspection, certification, accreditation and related activities). Where committees wish to prescribe how conformity is assessed, this must be done in a separate document, and the separate document may not be referenced in the main standard.

If the need for specific conformity assessment requirements is supported, it may be appropriate for the committee responsible to develop a specific conformity assessment regime or scheme. However, this will require expertise in conformity assessment in addition to expertise on the product or service, and is subject to approval by the Standards Development and Accreditation Committee (SDAC).

How this impacts on committee and industry

This policy will be enforced on all current and future projects to achieve consistency as standards are voluntary guidelines.
Users are able to declare conformance to the standards via 1st, 2nd or 3rd party assessment of conformity.
Industry stakeholders may need to update their existing contractual agreements, should they wish to include 3rd party certification of products.

For more information, contact the relevant National Sector Manager or Project Manager to discuss the process involved, or see clause 5.7 of Standardisation Guide 6 (PDF).

Standards and conformance webinar

It’s not too late to register for the webinar Standards and Conformance Demystified: Do’s and Don’ts for writing requirements in Australian Standards on 5 December from 12–1pm.

Visit our conference page for all webinar information and registration instructions.

Cooperating with AISI on Steel Standards

At the AISI International Specialty Conference; (L to R) Jay Larson, Rick Haws, Gregory Hancock, Roger Brockenbrough, Helen Chen
Standards Australia and the American Iron and Steel Institute (AISI) have cooperated on the development of AS/NZS 4600, Cold-formed steel structures, since 1996. AISI has allowed Standards Australia to use the material from AISI S100-16 in the development of the joint Australian & New Zealand Standard.

This arrangement has been facilitated, in part, by Dr Gregory Hancock, Chair of the technical committee (BD-082) responsible for AS/NZS 4600 and member of the AISI committee that develops AISI S100. Dr Hancock recently spoke at the AISI International Specialty Conference on Cold-Formed Steel Structures 2016, in Baltimore, Maryland.

Standards Australia’s collaboration with AISI allows for harmonised cold-formed steel design standards, which benefits manufacturers and designers in global markets.

The revision draft of AS/NZS 4600 is scheduled for Public Comment in late 2016.

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.

Pharmacy Guild Seeks Feedback on AS 85000

The Pharmacy Guild of Australia, on behalf of the standards committee, is seeking feedback on the proposed revised draft of the Australian Standard for Quality Care Pharmacy.

The proposed draft AS 85000:2016 Quality Care Community Pharmacy Standard, seeks to promote flexibility and innovation within the industry, and aims to ensure relevance for at least five years. The draft standard also seeks to align with key strategic focuses of the Australian Government and relevant health agencies.

The draft standard seeks to outline the business framework required to operate a community pharmacy in Australia. It also seeks to recognise the diverse business models within community pharmacy, whilst promoting community safety and quality use of medicines.

The draft standard is considered relevant for all community pharmacies within Australia, and is designed to be adaptable to all business models also promoting innovation within community pharmacy.

The draft standard does not seek to override or replace existing regulations or industry specific guidelines and as such should be read in conjunction with these documents. It does, however, form the framework to support accreditation systems for Australian Community Pharmacies.

The Guild on behalf of the standards committee is inviting feedback to support the increasing occurrence of complex compounding within community pharmacy. Therefore two draft standards have been proposed.

Option A – complex compounding is integrated into the draft AS 85000:2016 Quality Care Community Pharmacy Standard in recognition that pharmacies that undertake complex compounding need to consider this service in all aspects of their business model. Download Option A (PDF).

Option B – complex compounding forms a select section of the draft AS 85000:2016 Quality Care Community Pharmacy Standard in recognition of the specialist skills and service models required to provide complex compounding. Download Option B (PDF).

Individuals or organisations wishing to provide feedback are requested to complete the online survey. The consultation period for feedback on both options will remain open until Monday 5 December, with all submissions considered on completion of the review.