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July 2017 Edition


CEO Report: Transformation

In Conversation with Vince Dowling

Publication of Digital Hospitals Handbook

Upcoming Releases for Committee Members

Prepare Now for Project Prioritisation Round 15

Register for Information Session and Meet the Board

Increasing Indonesia-Australia Business Opportunities


Final Weeks of Public Comment for On-Site Battery Systems

Promoting International Blockchain Standards in Asia Pacific

International Update

Sector Updates

Drafts Open for Comment

AFS Focus on Revision of National Standards

Clean Cities … Clean Wood

CEO Report: Transformation

We are transforming our business. A simple message but one I have been speaking a lot about recently with committees, our members and nominating organisations, with government leaders and at national and international events.

Indeed, last week I was fortunate enough to be able to speak at the Associations Forum National Conference. The topic was Move Ahead or Miss Out, looking at digital transformation, organisational structures and financial sustainability models.

What resonated with me is that no matter where you fit in the economy, innovation and strategy must be connected so we can meet the demands of the modern consumer.

We are continuing these discussions over the coming weeks with our Nominating Organisations and working through our Action Plan across key areas including our governance, digital transformation, communications, talent, innovation and distribution.

In these discussions we also leave plenty of time for feedback from our contributors on all points to ensure we connect this feedback to continuous improvement. I look forward to the discussions and seeing many of you at the forums.

Another key part of our transformation relates to the distribution of Australian Standards and other technical documents. We are very excited to have commenced a Request for Proposal process as we approach the end of the initial term of our contract with SAI Global. We have had some fantastic discussions with content distributors about how they are innovating and focusing on the customer experience. We look forward to these discussions continuing as we work towards our next phase of distribution arrangements.

To finish where I started, we are transforming our business and look forward to working with you all through the exciting times ahead.

—Dr Bronwyn Evans, CEO

In Conversation with Vince Dowling

Vince Dowling is the Director and Principal Research Scientist, Material Flammability at Fire Science and Technology Australia. He has more than 40 years of experience in areas related to material flammability, with 30 of those years at CSIRO. He lectured on fire behaviour of materials at Victoria University for many years. He has been a guest lecturer at QUT and Nanjing University of Science and Technology, amongst others. Vince is a member of the International Association for Fire Safety Science, and is a foundation member of the Society of Fire Safety. He was also elected a Fellow of the Royal Australian Chemical Institute for his work on material flammability. Vince has been a member of FP-018, Fire Safety since 1984. Until this year he was also the Standards Australia delegate to the international committee, ISO/TC 92, Fire Safety.

Standards Australia: What has been the highlight of your 30+ years in standards development?
Vince: Over the years I have been involved in the development of a whole suite of standards on fire test methods that underpin our building regulations. For about 15 years I was the Standards Australia representative on ISO/TC 92, which developed ISO fire test standards which were adopted by Standards Australia and are now referenced in our building regulations.

My most recent roles were as Drafting Leader for two extremely important Australian Standards which are now in the process of being adopted into the National Construction Code (NCC). These two standards are AS 5637.1, Determination of fire hazard properties, and AS 5113, Fire propagation testing and classification of external walls of buildings.

AS 5637.1 is about controlling the fire behaviour of wall and ceiling linings inside buildings. I see it as the culmination of research I did at CSIRO as part of the Fire Code Reform Centre research program.

AS 5113 addresses the control of fire behaviour of external facings of buildings, a topic of major international interest right now.

SA: What are the challenges to developing standards in your sector?
Vince: Perhaps the main challenge is international relevance. We must consider the GATT agreement, which prevents member countries from using technical controls, such as fire tests, to control imports.

SA: What do you think is in the future of standardisation?
Vince: Standardisation is an essential component of globalisation. We are seeing more and more examples of standards bodies becoming multinational. Europe, for example, is heading towards common European standards, with individual countries withdrawing their national standards as European alternatives become available. Countries outside Europe then adopt these standards as best practice.

Publication of Digital Hospitals Handbook

Standards Australia recently completed SA HB 163:2017, Digital Hospitals Handbook. The handbook focuses on delivering more efficient hospital services through the use of technology. It is a people and outcomes focused document intended for use across a broad audience.

Learn more in our media release (PDF).

Upcoming Releases for Committee Members

We are continuing to focus on being simpler | faster | better to work with. To make these words a reality we will soon release four new tools to all Standards Australia committee members. These are part of our business transformation and deliver on our goal to improve the overall committee member experience.

SEARCH: SIM, our Digital Repository
The Standards Information Management portal (SIM) is our new digital repository for national and international standards. At the start of August a pilot project will be conducted with a select group of committees. Upon successful conclusion of the pilot, SIM will be released to all committees.

LEARN: The Standards Australia Academy
The Standards Australia Academy provides learning programs via a digital platform to support our contributors. Through a combination of videos, eLearning tutorials, webinars, workshops, and interviews, committee members will have instant access to the learning they need to better understand Standards Australia’s processes.

CONNECT: Skype for Business
Skype for Business will soon replace the current Webex solution for audio and web conferencing. The Skype for Business roll-out will be supported by appropriate hardware to allow for a seamless virtual meeting experience. Speak to your Project Manager to familiarise yourself with Skype for Business today.

WRITE: Simplified Drafting Tool
Drafting standards and revisions is becoming easier as we have simplified the way to use Microsoft Word for drafters. Committees can focus on their content with the styling options dropped from 800 to about 30, while new software simplifies the way we prepare the layout of our publications.

Details on these releases will be communicated over the coming weeks.

Prepare Now for Project Prioritisation Round 15

Standards Australia welcomes proposals to amend, revise or develop new Australian Standards. The 15th round of project prioritisation will open on Monday 7 August 2017 and will close on Wednesday 20 September 2017.

You can learn more about the process on our website, or speak to one of our Stakeholder Engagement Managers.

Working towards 2022 National Construction Code

Start planning and engage with us now on National Construction Code proposals.

Ron Pulido, Stakeholder Engagement Manager for Building and Construction sector can support the strategic direction setting for NCC 2022. His contact details are: 02 9237 6077 or ron.pulido@standards.org.au

Register for Information Session and Meet the Board

On Thursday 24 August 2017 Standards Australia will be hosting a stakeholder information event where we will discuss our Action Plan 2017-18 (PDF), digital transformation projects, and other recent activities.

It is also an opportunity for stakeholders to share their views on recent activities, forward plans and the draft consultation nominating organisations guide (PDF).

Please register to attend the Stakeholder Event through Eventarc.

Immediately following the event, a cocktail reception will be held with members of the Standards Australia board, executive and senior management teams.

Increasing Indonesia-Australia Business Opportunities

Standards Australia is working with the national standards body of Indonesia, Badan Standardisasi Nasional, on a Standards Mapping Study as an early outcome of the Indonesia-Australia Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement (IA-CEPA). This study will help identify opportunities for enhanced standards harmonisation, technical alignment and regulatory coherence.

Feedback is sought on where standards harmonisation could be undertaken to support the successful development and implementation of the Technical Barriers to Trade chapter of IA-CEPA.

Open the survey

Survey open until 4 September 2017. Learn more in our media release (PDF).

Final Weeks of Public Comment for On-Site Battery Systems

We are in the final weeks of public comment for draft voluntary standard DR AS/NZS 5139:201X, Electrical installations – safety of battery systems for use with power conversion equipment. Have your say before this consultation period ends—all comments must be received by 15 August 2017.

Read more in our media release (PDF).

Promoting International Blockchain Standards in the Asia Pacific

Last month 170 delegates attended the Blockchain For Finance, Asia Pacific Conference in Singapore to discuss and review the latest blockchain projects. Participants from around the world spoke on current proof of concept trials, pilots and use cases under development relating to blockchain and distributed ledger technologies (DLT).

Damian Fisher, Senior International Engagement Manager, Standards Australia briefed stakeholders on the importance of international standards to support DLT interoperability and deployment. He also outlined the work program of the international committee ISO/TC 307, Blockchain and Distributed Ledger Technologies, and discussed how businesses in the region can contribute and support this new area. Already 35 countries are involved in this body of work and it is anticipated this number will grow in coming months.

The second meeting of ISO/TC 307 will be held in Chiyoda-ku, Japan from 14–17 November 2017.

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 June 2017 (PDF):

Pacific Area Standards Congress Annual General Meetings held in Vancouver
New Work Item Proposal – Green Finance: Assessment of Green Financial Projects
Virtual Reality Training for Disaster Relief

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.

AFS Focus on Revision of National Standards

Dr Hans Drielsma … national AFS standards review.
Respected forester Dr Hans Drielsma has been elected chairman of Australian Forestry Standard Ltd.

Dr Drielsma, who has served as interim chairman since the resignation of Kate Carnell AO at the AFS AGM in Sydney last year, was elected at a recent meeting of the AFS board of directors.

Internationally renowned, Dr Drielsma played a key role in the development of the Australian Forest Certification Scheme and its endorsement by the Program for the Endorsement of Forest Certification.

“Recent visits by PEFC International secretary-general Ben Gunneberg have helped AFS gain added recognition with both Ben and Simon Dorries (AFS CEO) communicating on AFS standards with high-profile companies and certification stakeholders here,” he said.

Dr Drielsma said AFS Ltd was focused this year on a revision of the standards process and rolling out a refreshed marketing and communication program.

Clean Cities … Clean Wood

Jim Bowden, representing the Australian Forestry Standard (right) discusses the AFS standard (AS 4708) and the associated chain-of-custody standard (AS 4707) with AFS stand visitors University of Queensland Masters students Melissa Ward (urban and regional development) and Ann Chiang (environmental management) with Frank Ondrus of Householders Options to Protect the Environment (HOPE), an Australian community-based non-profit environment organisation promoting sustainability at the householder level.
Standards message at liveable cities conference

The forest industry – and its place in sustainable living – took a pivotal role at the 10th Making Cities Liveable Conference in Brisbane recently where the AFS exhibit explained certification systems, industry standards, chain of custody programs and forest management practices to delegates.

Visitors to the stand represented a wide cross-section of government, academic and industry professionals who attended the two-day event to discuss sustainability, national building standards, natural resource management, climate change, urban design and biosecurity.

Environmentally, a sustainable city is one that can keep going because it uses resources economically, avoids waste, recycles where possible and adopts policies that bear fruit in the long term.

“Forestry is the oldest and best example of sustainable planning,” Australian Forestry Standard CEO Simon Dorries said.

“I think what PEFC and AFS are contributing to sustainable living is really cool,” said Ann Chiang, a Masters student in environmental management at the University of Queensland, one of a group of students to visit the stand.

She said information on the stand had ‘opened her eyes’ to the value of product branding, certification and the custody chain link along the forests and wood products value chain, adding that with other students she would be a willing volunteer to spread the AFS message on the importance of standards.

Mr Dorries said AFS was in discussion with university schools of environmental management and regional development about how lectures might expand the knowledge and value of forest standards and certification among students.

More than 190 delegates, representing architecture, resource management, town planning, urban renewal (green buildings) and sustainable communities, attended the conference at the Hotel Grand Chancellor where the program included 12 featured speakers, 60 expert presentations including concurrent sessions and case studies, and study tours and poster presentations.

Opening speaker Dr Laurie Buys, professor, school design, and theme leader of Queensland University of Technology’s institute for future environment and sustainable communities, says the world's population is growing, ageing and urbanising.

“Global demand for energy, water and resources is rising while finite natural resources are declining,” she says.

“Communities expect that public and private infrastructure – from energy and ICT networks to transport systems and buildings – will be integrated, sustainable and tailored to community needs.

“New ways of designing, building and managing infrastructure are emerging in the transition from the industrial to the digital age,” Dr. Buys says.

She says the grand challenge for the world is creating infrastructure that enriches communities while being sustainable, resilient and responsive to climate change, and developing technology and systems that improve the planning, design and operation of infrastructure.

‘Clean’ and sustainable cities will help realise this goal.

“And clean cities need clean wood,” Simon Dorries said.

“Australia has the goods in wood to help achieve this transition – a national standard, third party certification, chain-of-custody programs – and legality.