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May 2017 Edition

 

Chairman’s Report

CEO Report: Winners of the 2017 Standards Awards

In Conversation with Dr Linzi Wilson-Wilde

Digital Transformation Tools for our Future

Meeting Our Room Needs @ 20 Bridge Street

The Standards Australia Academy is Arriving Soon!

Wayfinding Standard (AS 1428.4.2) Accessible Public Comment Procedure

Regional Collaboration with PASC and COPANT

Release of Roadmap for Standards and the Future of Distributed Electricity

 

Innovation Meets Sustainability for IT-enabled Business Processes

Enhancements to Electrical Installations Standard for Generating Sets

Young Leaders 2017/18 Program: Open for Applications

Upcoming IEC Information Session

International Adoptions for Records and Documents Management Systems

International Update

Sector Updates

Drafts Open for Comment

PEFC Seeks Comments on its International Standards

Chairman’s Report


 
Last Friday, the board of Standards Australia hosted our mid-year council meeting in Canberra.

As well as affirming the transformation program we started 12 months ago, we announced further initiatives across 5 streams of activity, with three clear objectives:
  • An increased reach across the Australian economy;
  • Increased relevance to new and existing sectors; and
  • A sustainable organisational model that has digital at its core.
The commitment to a relevant, responsive and digital Standards Australia from the board and executive team is much more than a set of overarching principles.

The commitment is built on an understanding that the contributors to our process, either as committee members, nominating organisations or members of the Australian community are the heart of what we do and without their time and commitment, we wouldn’t have a Standards Australia.

Our transformation is built around making the best use of the time our contributors have for us, and ensuring that we are relevant to future generations.

Because of the pace of development and the agile approach we are taking to the work, we have established a board Business Transformation Committee to guide the organisation through this change.

I am pleased to report that Megan Motto has been appointed as Chair, ably supported by Michelle Fitzgerald who brings a deep understanding of digital to the team and Peter Burn who also chairs our Finance Risk and Audit Committee.

In announcing our work program and action plan last Friday, we identified 5 streams of work that will be progressed over the next 12 months:

A governance review that will ensure our company, technical and accreditation governance is contemporary, fit for purpose, and sets us up for success.

Continued investment in digital transformation to make us ready to be a digital collaborator, publisher, and to allow us to make an even stronger, positive contribution to Australian life.

An increased investment in engagement and public affairs that will see us strengthen our communications and engagement activities in new and existing sectors and with government, members and community leaders.

A focus on talent to make sure that our capability matches our ambitions and allows for continued execution against our Strategic Plan in the national interest.

Igniting an innovation culture that will see us drive innovation across our operations which will bring the agility, thinking, processes and methods of a start-up to Standards Australia.

I am enormously proud of the hard work and effort that has seen Standards Australia complete the first phase of its transformation, and am buoyed by the ongoing efforts of the team.

I am equally grateful of the support from our members and councillors for this work.

In the next financial year we will continue at pace with a focus on a range of initiatives that will take in the view of the board and secure the future of Australia’s national standards body.

As we head into our next round of Nominating Organisation Forums and Chairman’s Advisory Group meetings, I look forward to your continued support and engagement.

—Richard Brooks, Chairman

Download the Standards Australia 2017/18 Action Plan (PDF).

CEO Report: Winners of the 2017 Standards Awards


Every year we recognise those who have made significant contributions to standards development and go above and beyond to help Australia achieve its economic and social objectives.

Last week, we were proud to recognise the 2017 Standards Awards winners at a dinner in Canberra overlooking Parliament House.

It was humbling to hear of the breadth and diversity of work that these individuals and committees undertake in Australia and internationally.

It was equally satisfying to talk about how Australia is leading the world in fields as varied as workforce planning and forensic science.

Our W.R. Hebblewhite winner Dr Linzi Wilson-Wilde shares her insights below on the work that she has been key in leading and what has made it so successful.

The great insight for me from the discussions was that each of our awardees recognised the contribution of others as being critical to their success.

I am pleased to announce that this year, our Standards Awards Winners are:

W.R. Hebblewhite Medal
Dr Linzi Wilson-Wilde

Meritorious Contribution Award – International
Julie Sloan

Meritorious Contribution Award – National
Kevin Lee

Emerging Leader Award
Dr Svetlana Bogomolova

Outstanding Committee Award
AG-013, Components used for Gas Appliances and Equipment
Ross Jamieson – Chairperson

Pictured: Kevin Lee, Ross Jamieson, CEO Dr Bronwyn Evans, Dr Linzi Wilson-Wilde, Julie Sloan and Chairman Richard Brooks.
Absent: Dr Svetlana Bogomolova
To all our winners and nominees, thank you for your distinguished service and outstanding contribution to the net benefit of Australia and the international community.

For more information, see the 2017 Standards Awards Winners page on our website.

In Conversation with Dr Linzi Wilson-Wilde


 
Dr Linzi Wilson-Wilde is currently the Director of the Australia New Zealand Policing Advisory Agency (ANZPAA) National Institute of Forensic Science (NIFS). She has over twenty years of experience in forensic science. Before joining the ANZPAA Dr Wilson-Wilde held positions with the Australian Federal Police and New South Wales Police. She was a 2014 Inductee into the Victorian Honour Roll of Women and holds a Medal in the Order of Australia for her service in the disaster victim identification process and investigation into the Bali Bombing in 2002 (Operation Alliance). Dr Wilson-Wilde is the Chair of the national committee CH-041, Forensic Analysis, and the international committee ISO TC 272, Forensic Sciences.

Standards Australia: You lead the creation of AS 5483, Minimizing the risk of human DNA contamination in products used to collect, store and analyse biological material for forensic purposes, which later became an international standard. Tell us about the inspiration behind AS 5483.
Dr Linzi Wilson-Wilde: It was in response to incidents in Australia but more notably a case in Europe referred to as “The Phantom of Heilbronn”. In this case one woman’s DNA was linked to 40 different crimes. It was eventually discovered that she played no role in any of the crimes but rather was involved in the manufacturing of the cotton swabs used to collect the DNA samples. As a solution to this problem, AS 5483 establishes ways to minimise the risk of DNA contamination during the manufacturing process.

SA: What are some of the upcoming trends we are seeing in forensic analysis and how can standards support these trends?
LWW: Globalisation of crime means that forensic science has to work collaboratively and cross jurisdictionally. Standards assist in providing a standardised framework for different agencies to work together.

SA: How can Standards Australia better collaborate with stakeholders?
LWW: Communication is key to working effectively to develop contemporary standards.

SA: What do you think is in the future of standardisation?
LWW: In the forensic context, it is that forensic service providers are accredited to specific forensic standards, such as the Australian AS 5388 forensic standards, providing greater confidence to police and the courts in the services that are delivered.

Digital Transformation Tools for our Future


 
A year ago, Standards Australia commenced a transformation to set us up to be the digital and connected national standards body that will drive productivity and growth to deliver even more benefit to the Australian community.

Our General Manager Operations, Kareen Riley-Takos, shares in this video what we have achieved in our first 12 months.

We value feedback on the program, and would love to hear from you at dtx@standards.org.au

Meeting Our Room Needs @ 20 Bridge Street


In August 2016 Standards Australia was able to lease additional office space on level 9 and extend our current occupancy of level 10 at our offices at 20 Bridge Street, Sydney.

Our plan is to locate all staff together on level 10 and build new meeting rooms on level 9. This plan will allow us to surrender the lease of level 13.

Current estimates have our new meeting rooms operational by early September 2017. We will be staging the work so that meetings will continue to be held on level 10 until the new meeting rooms on level 9 are operational to ensure there are no interruptions to meetings planned at our offices.

Our IT team has been working closely with AV and IT specialists to define our technology requirements however we want to make sure that the work we have planned will also meet the needs of our Committee Members.

In order to capture feedback regarding the meeting room requirements we will be sending a survey in the coming weeks.

The Standards Australia Academy is Arriving Soon!


 
The Standards Australia Academy aims to engage and support our committee members by providing learning programs for our committee members that are easy to access, when they’re needed.

Our new Induction Program
The Academy will offer an Induction Program for new committee members. It includes a combination of videos, eLearning tutorials, interviews with national chair persons and an introductory webinar. This program ensures that our committee members start with the right information, and are ready to effectively participate in the standards development process.

Watch a preview of this learning program.

Wayfinding Standard (AS 1428.4.2) Accessible Public Comment Procedure


The ‘Wayfinding’ Standard (AS 1428.4.2) relates to the provision of a built environment that is legible to people who are blind or vision impaired. This standard is being produced in accessible PDF and DAISY formats, which are designed to be read with commonly available screen reading software.

If you wish to comment on this draft standard and, due to vision impairment, you are unable to obtain the draft standard and submit public comments through the Standards Australia website, please email mail@standards.org.au to request a copy of the draft standard. Please include your full name and a contact telephone number, and confirm whether you would like to receive the draft standard in PDF and/or DAISY formats. We will send you the draft standard along with instructions on how to email in your comments.

Regional Collaboration with PASC and COPANT



Regional standards bodies the Pan American Standards Commission (COPANT) and the Pacific Area Standards Congress (PASC) recently hosted a joint conference alongside their annual meetings. About 110 participants took part in the event held in Vancouver, Canada from 30 April to 5 May 2017. The theme of this year’s joint conference was “Regional Collaboration in a Global Environment.” The Standards Council of Canada organised and hosted the event.

One of the highlights was the joint COPANT/PASC workshop on Enabling Innovation through Standardization. Moderated by Dr Bronwyn Evans, the workshop included presentations by a number of Canadian companies on the importance of standards to support innovation.

International organisations including the WTO, ISO, IEC and ITU also discussed the need to further scale up efforts to collaborate on existing and emerging areas, such as smart cities, information technologies, industry 4.0 and blockchain.

Standards Australia met with a number National Standards Bodies from the Asia Pacific and Latin America to discuss new projects at ISO and the IEC, our digital transformation initiative and the APEC Silver Economy Project.

Release of Roadmap for Standards and the Future of Distributed Electricity


 
Standards Australia recently announced the completion of the Roadmap for Standards and the Future of Distributed Electricity. The accompanying report will help shape the development of standards to support the transition of electricity networks and technological advances related to electricity distribution and consumption. The report was a key input to the Electricity Network Transformation Roadmap developed by Energy Networks Australia and CSIRO.

Learn more and access the Roadmap through our media release (PDF).

Innovation Meets Sustainability for IT-enabled Business Processes


Standards Australia has recently adopted the international standards for IT enabled services business process outsourcing (ITES-BPO). The series of standards is titled AS ISO/IEC 30105, Information technology–IT Enabled Services-Business Process Outsourcing (ITES-BPO) lifecycle processes.

Learn more in our media release (PDF).

Enhancements to Electrical Installations Standard for Generating Sets


AS/NZS 3010:2017, Electrical installations—Generating sets, was recently revised and published. The standard sets out requirements for connecting generating sets to an electrical installation for the purpose of supplying electricity at low voltage (not exceeding 1000 V a.c. or 1500 V d.c.).

Read more in our media release (PDF).

Young Leaders 2017/18 Program: Open for Applications


The Young Leaders Program aims to empower the next generation of committee members by providing them with relevant knowledge, skills, and networking opportunities. This will enable them to pursue nominating organisation representation and participate effectively on technical committees.

Successful applicants will engage in standards development and networking training, where they will observe a number of technical committee and Standards Australia governance meetings to provide a behind-the-scenes experience of the standards development process.

Young professionals, aged under 40 years, who have an active interest in standards development and the use of standards in their employment are encouraged to apply. You can learn more about the program on our Young Leaders page. Submissions close on 30 June 2017.

Upcoming IEC Information Session


Calling all IEC chairs, convenors, delegates, secretariats or interested individuals—on 23 June 2017 we are hosting an information event on the directives and processes of the IEC. Participants will learn firsthand from two IEC insiders, Mr Dennis Chew, IEC Regional Director for the Asia Pacific and Charles Jacquemart, IEC Technical Officer.

See our event invite (PDF) for more details.

International Adoptions for Records and Documents Management Systems


Standards Australia recently adopted a suite of international standards relating to PDF documents, AS ISO 32000 and AS ISO 19000. Peter Wyatt, member of the relevant committee IT-021, Records and Documents Management Systems, explained the significance of these adoptions for Australian business.

"The newly adopted standards create a more open and transparent environment for regulators, end users, vendors and developers. Through ISO consensus-based processes, end users and technical experts from around the world have been able to create specialised PDF standards supporting the needs of various industries. With this transparency developers are able to meet specialized community needs by building upon the core PDF specifications,” said Mr Wyatt.
 
     
 
 
 

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 April and May 2017 (PDF):

Consumer products dominate discussions at WTO standards and regulations committee
ISO Central Secretariat announces new Secretary-General
New IEC Technical Committee Projects Dashboard

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 Seeks Comments on its International Standards


PEFC, the Program for the Endorsement of Forest Certification, invites comments on its revision of revised international standard settings – PEFC ST 1001:201X.

This standard contains the rules that national standards bodies have to follow when they develop and revise their sustainable forest management standards. Core principles of standards development are stakeholder engagement, a balanced representation of different interests, consensus building, continuous improvement and transparency.

The revised document introduces many improvements in document structure and clarity. More importantly, it introduces critical improvements to the standard setting process itself.

By far the biggest change is the further detailing of the periodic review. Standards need to be reviewed five years after their approval. While this is not a new requirement, the standard now specifies the exact steps of such a review – recording feedback on the standard during its application, performing a gap analysis at the start of the review, and organising stakeholder consultation.

Also new is the option of reaffirming an existing standard. When the review shows that the standard meets all current (stakeholder) needs, a revision would not be required and the standard can be reaffirmed.

This major revision process began in 2016 and is scheduled to finish in 2017. Standards under review include:

SFM which lays out the international requirements for sustainable forest management. They constitute requirements for owners or managers applying for forest certification, as well as contractors and other operators operating in certified forests.
Group Forest Management Certification, which defines the general requirements for forest certification systems with group forest management certification that allows the certification of a number of forest owners/managers under one certificate.
Standard Setting, which outlines the processes and steps a standardising body must take during the national standard setting process.

This public consultation is the first one in a series of upcoming consultation as the PEFC standards revision process moves into its next phase. Over the next months, inquiry draft versions for all the standards under revision will be ready for public consultations.

Comments can be submitted through the PEFC website – www.pefc.org