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March 2017 Edition

 

CEO Report: Be Bold for Change

In Conversation with Teresa Corbin

Blockchain Roadmap Report and Upcoming Conference

Silver Economy Issues Paper and Workshop

Transitioning to a Reliable, Low Carbon Electricity System

Advancements in BIM for the Building Sector

Simplified Drafting Template Begins Rollout

Streamlined ISO Adoptions

 

Review of International Net Benefit Cases

Increasing Involvement in European Standardisation

Apply Today: IEC Young Professionals Programme 2017

Changes to Standardisation Guide 9

International Update

Sector Updates

Drafts Open for Comment

‘Aussie-grown’ Wood Benefits from AFS Awareness Campaign

CEO Report: Be Bold for Change


 
This International Women’s Day we celebrated the women of standards, in Australia and all over the world. This is totally appropriate because International Women’s Day is the global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women.

Our team put together a video for International Women’s Day (view it on YouTube), in line with the 2017 theme of #BeBoldForChange.

At Standards Australia, more than half of our staff and two thirds of our managers are women. We have many other outstanding women on our technical committees, on our board and board committees and amongst our key stakeholders. We had a lot to celebrate this year.

Acknowledging our female staff and contributors and broader stakeholder groups for us runs throughout the year. Last year, half of the individual winners of our Standards Awards were women: Anthea Hammon for her national contributions as the Chair of ME-051, Amusement Rides and Devices, and Dusanka Sabic for her international work as Chair of CS-108, Cosmetics—Terminology, and participation on ISO TC 217, Cosmetics.

I applaud these women and all of the women staff and stakeholders for their contributions to Australian life. Equally, I encourage many more to get involved.

This could mean joining your first technical committee, stepping up as a drafting leader or chair, or perhaps encouraging a promising individual in your own organisation to apply to be a young leader.

As with all communities, the more women that contribute to standards development, the more diverse and reflective of the broader society the outcomes will be. Indeed, a recent report from global consulting firm McKinsey1 revealed that if women played an identical role to men in the labour market, we could add as much as USD 28 trillion, or 26%, to the annual global Gross Domestic Product by 2025. In the field of standardisation, we want more women to contribute actively and be part of this important field of work.

Being bold for change is more than a celebration in March once a year; it’s about making an impact every single day.

—Dr Bronwyn Evans, CEO

1. Source: The Power of Parity, September 2015, McKinsey Global Institute, McKinsey & Company.

In Conversation with Teresa Corbin


 
Teresa Corbin is a co-founder of ACCAN, Australia’s peak body for communications consumers. She has worked in various roles at Consumers’ Telecommunications Network (CTN) before taking on the role there of CEO in 2003. She has 20 years’ experience in telecommunications policy and her community sector work spans a 25-year period and includes strong ties with consumer groups both nationally and internationally.

Standards Australia: In what capacity do you interact with Standards Australia?
Teresa Corbin: ACCAN has worked closely with Standards Australia on issues that affect telecommunications consumers. Most recently, we worked on the adoption of the “Accessibility requirements suitable for public procurement of ICT products and services” standard. The adoption of the standard was the culmination of a number of years’ work and a step forward for greater inclusion of people with a disability in Australia. The standard sets out requirements for the public procurement of ICT products and services that are accessible to people with disability. It will be used as guidance for all levels of government when determining technical specifications for procurement. We are extremely proud that we were able to work with Standards Australia and the Federal Department of Finance to adopt this standard in Australia.

SA: How do standards support consumers?
TC: Standards are very important for ensuring consumers have access to products, services and systems that are safe, reliable and consistent. In some cases, such as the procurement of ICT products and services standard, they are essential to ensure that all consumers can get equal access to services and products.

SA: How can standards better support consumers, especially as the world goes digital?
TC: With Government’s moving towards ‘digital first’ strategies, we are going to see more and more essential services moving online. Many consumers are already using online Government services to access Centrelink, Australian Tax Office services and more. At ACCAN we will be doing more work looking at how we ensure that no one is left behind as services move online. Standards that ensure everyone can get equal access to online services will be one part of the picture to ensuring that no one is left behind as the world becomes more digital.

SA: What do you think is in the future of standardisation?
TC: Future standards will need to take into account connected devices as the internet of things (IoT) takes off and we see a range of devices becoming internet connected. There will need to be standards around compatibility of devices that interact with each other, for example in smart homes where lots of IoT devices may be connected to the internet. Standards should also ensure that consumers get value for money on these new devices.

We also see standards for digital assets becoming a necessity in the future. Purchases, like movies, music and books, are now digital assets, not physical items. Currently, there are questions around what consumers can do with these digital assets and whether they actually own them. Consumer rights relating to digital assets are often unclear and standards could help clarify this situation.

Blockchain Roadmap Report and Upcoming Conference


 
Standards Australia this month released a Roadmap Report (PDF) on blockchain standards highlighting priorities for increasing trade and opening up new markets.

As a next step Standards Australia will be hosting the International Blockchain Conference on 6 April 2017. The event will follow the world first meeting of ISO/TC 307 Blockchain and electronic distributed ledger technologies (Sydney, 3 – 5 April 2017) where international experts will be working on blockchain standards for interoperability, privacy, security and identity by exploring use-cases across the financial services, supply chain, government services, technology and other key sectors.

The conference is open to all interested stakeholders. Register online today as places are limited.

Silver Economy Issues Paper and Workshop


 
Standards Australia recently released an Issues Paper titled The Role of Standards and Innovation for Driving APEC’s Silver Economy (PDF), providing insights to assist APEC member economies to prepare for the challenges and opportunities created by ageing societies.

These insight will shape the APEC Silver Economy Standards and Innovation Workshop on 4 – 5 April 2017. Learn more, including how to register, in our event flyer (PDF).

Transitioning to a Reliable, Low Carbon Electricity System


A new standard was recently added to frame the AS/NZS 4755 suite of standards covering demand response capabilities and supporting technologies for electrical products. AS/NZS 4755.1, Demand response capabilities and supporting technologies for electrical products – Part 1: Demand Response Framework and requirements for Demand Response Enabling Devices (DREDs), outlines how a common DRED can communicate with a wide diversity of appliance types and brands.

Read more in our media release (PDF).

Advancements in BIM for the Building Sector


As part of the government’s wider goal of improving productivity, quality and sustainability within the Australian built environment sector, a greater emphasis is being placed on Building Information Modelling (BIM). Earlier this month two important achievements were made affecting BIM in Australia.

BIM Knowledge and Skills Framework
On 7 March 2017, Standards Australia hosted the launch of the BIM Knowledge and Skills Framework on behalf of the Australasian Procurement and Construction Council and Australian Construction Industry Forum. This Strategic Forum brings together key stakeholders from the Australasian building and construction industry. As a member of the Australasian BIM Advisory Board Initiation Committee, Standards Australia is proud to support productivity of the digital built environment and provide standards engagement and development support.

Publication of AS ISO 16739:2017
Standards Australia published AS ISO 16739:2017, Industry Foundation Classes (IFC) for data sharing in the construction and facility management industries. This is an identical adoption of the international standard ISO 16739. AS ISO 16739 establishes a data schema and an exchange file format for BIM data. It is intended for use in architecture, engineering, construction and operation industries. Read more in our media release (PDF).

Simplified Drafting Template Begins Rollout


 
Standards Australia has launched a new simplified drafting template this month. It is a tool built on models from ISO and the IEC which allows drafters of new documents to work efficiently and simply. Committees can focus on the technical content and not to have to contend with the over 800 styles in our former template. The new tool also contains drafting tips and points users to the critical rules in the Standardisation Guide 6.

The first stage of rollout focuses on projects for new standards, rather than revisions or amendments. We have created a set of FAQs for users as part of our service to drafters and are ready to answer questions at any time. Both the template and FAQs are available on our website.

We are very grateful for the experienced drafters who provided feedback on the pilot which we ran mid last year and we will be rolling out a similar new drafting process for revisions later this year.

Streamlined ISO Adoptions


Standards Australia is implementing new software to significantly reduce time spent preparing documents for publication, increasing accuracy and consistency of output. The rollout of these tools, starting with ISO Identical Adoptions, has been modelled from ISO’s own experience and same technology.

IEC documents are next on the implementation list, followed by Australian Standards.

Committee processes will not change for ISO adoptions, but we are working towards significant streamlining as we roll out the future phases of this work.

We will continue to update our stakeholders as these key changes are made.

Review of International Net Benefit Cases


Participation in international standards development is increasingly important for our stakeholders in this globally connected world. In order to ensure that Australia is participating in areas of greatest net benefit to the Australian community, Standards Australia has now started a review on international technical committee participation. A current Net Benefit Case, developed and supported by stakeholders, is essential as it identifies the value/benefit to Australia and justifies the current international work.

National committees will be contacted and asked to review their Net Benefit case submitted several years ago. As a part of this exercise, we will ask committees to review their current membership and refresh the Net Benefit case if they wish to continue with Participating membership.

Approximately 20 national committees will be contacted on a quarterly basis and asked to refresh their International Participation case on at least a three-yearly basis to ensure the cases are kept up to date and relevant. As well as contacting the national committee directly, notification will also be made in the monthly Sector Updates published by Standards Australia, to inform the wider stakeholder community.

For more information please contact the relevant National Sector Manager.

Increasing Involvement in European Standardisation


Standards Australia has been a Partner Standards Development Organisation (PSDO) of the European Committee for Standardization (CEN) since 2006. CEN has recently revised its partner membership options and Standards Australia is delighted to announce that we have signed an agreement with CEN to become a Companion Standardization Body (CSB).

CEN is an association that brings together the National Standardization Bodies of 34 European countries. CEN is one of three bodies officially recognised for developing and defining voluntary standards at the European level.

With this new membership Standards Australia is now able to participate on an unlimited number of technical committees (as opposed to the limit of 3 committees as a PSDO member) and a lower annual fee.

As a CSB member we will also have access to CEN’s project tool “Projects online” to understand the details regarding the current stage of particular European Standards projects.

Apply Today: IEC Young Professionals Programme 2017


 
Standards Australia Young Leaders Alexandra Price (left) and Jemima Jackson (right) with Dr Bronwyn Evans at the IEC General Meeting 2016 in Frankfurt, Germany
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 at the IEC General Meeting, 9 – 11 October 2017 in Vladivostok, Russia.

One of our past Young Professionals, Steven Humphries, shares his experience and how he got involved, in this video.

To learn more, download the program announcement (PDF). Submissions close 28 April 2017.

Changes to Standardisation Guide 9


SG-009: Preparation of Standards for Legislative Adoption (PDF) has been reviewed and revised to reflect current requirements and terminology.

SG-009 now contains the requirements that were previously available separately in SG-017: Drafting of Standards Referenced Under WHS Legislation and SG-018: Standards referenced by Water Utilities. Accordingly, SG-017 and SG-018 have been withdrawn and are superseded by SG-009.

The new edition of SG-009 was revised in consultation with key stakeholders and the draft made available for a six week public consultation process in September–October 2016, to ensure impacted parties had an opportunity to have input and contribute to the revised content.

The Standards Development and Accreditation Committee (SDAC) were also consulted and approved the content of the revised SG-009.

If you have any questions please contact us at mail@standards.org.au
 
     
 
 
 

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.

Highlights from February 2017 (PDF):

ISO/PC 308, Chain of custody, is established
A New Work Item Proposal on vulnerable consumers has been submitted
A white paper on Internet of Things (IoT) 2020: Smart and secure IoT platform
ISO/IEC 80000 series, Quantities and units, is under revision

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.
 
 
 
 

‘Aussie-grown’ Wood Benefits from AFS Awareness Campaign


 
General Manager Robert Yong (right) and quality and safety manager Donovan Britton are pictured checking the Australian Forestry Standard and Australian-Made logos on packs of TPLY at the Ta Ann Tasmania plywood mill at Smithton.

TPLY is the Malaysian company’s premium grade, Super E zero-emission product which has strong bonding strength for the rigours of outdoor weather conditions and building construction sites.

“We have worked closely with the Engineered Wood Products Association of Australia to independently test and certify that our plywood products meet the highest Australian engineering standards,” Robert Yong said.

TPLY is certified under the EWPAA product certification scheme to meet AS/NZS 6669. All products carry the EWPAA stamp of accreditation to the relevant Australian and NZ standards under a JAS-ANZ accredited, third-party audited quality control program that is recognised internationally.

Ta Ann is one of a number of Australian companies granted use of the Australian-Made logo alongside the AFS brand.

“This is part of a national awareness program about the legality, sustainable and social aspects of buying Australian made and grown wood products,” AFS CEO Simon Dorries said.

“The program also works to maintain and provide employment in the industry in rural areas.”

AFS owns and manages the Australian Forest Certification Scheme and is the national governing body for the Program for PEFC, the world’s largest forest certification system.

Mr Dorries said the relationship with the Australian-made campaign would help local forest managers and manufacturers grow their businesses, create jobs and operate sustainably.

“The profile of the AFS brand is growing in Australia and internationally,” he said. “This partnership will help further raise that profile.”

Mr Dorries said promoting Australian certified wood was not only important to local forest managers, it was increasingly more important for Aussie consumers and retailers who were becoming more sensitive when selecting wood products and related services.

“They’re now more focused on the environment and social consequences of their purchasing decisions,” he said.

Companies that process, remanufacturer and trade in wood and paper products can encourage sustainable forest management by purchasing and promoting their use of wood from certified forests.

Ta Ann Tasmania recently spent $7 million upgrading their plants in Huonville and Smithton (including the addition of the new plywood plant).