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September 2017 Edition

 

CEO Report: The Way Forward for Battery Storage

Committee Members, We Want Your Feedback

Seeking Feedback on Bushfire Standard

New Australian Standard for Playground Equipment

Committee Member Training: Writing Australian Standards

Register Today: Digital Transaction Technologies Forum

In Conversation with Karen Batt

 

Silver Economy: Recommendations and Proposed ISO Technical Committee

Upcoming Forum on Drinking Water Treatment

IA-CEPA Workshop: Standards for Enabling Trade

International Update

Sector Updates

Drafts Open for Comment

CEO Report: The Way Forward for Battery Storage


 
Earlier this month we brought together a key group of stakeholders to discuss the draft standard for on-site battery storage.

This roundtable discussion followed the end of the public comment period where we received feedback from over 3,000 interested groups and individuals. This significant response from the public, combined with the challenges that come with any new technology was the motivation for the roundtable.

We were joined by senior leaders from 17 organisations, covering industry, government and community interests. The purpose of the roundtable was to establish a framework to address the public policy tensions surrounding this draft.

I am pleased to say it was a very productive discussion.

It was agreed that building requirements and product placement provisions will be removed from the draft.

We will work with the committee to explore the relevant international standards and consider fast-tracking their adoption in Australia.

Importantly, we will keep this as an ongoing discussion. The Australian community has expressed its strong support for the roll out of residential on-site battery systems, and by working together we can develop the right standard that allows both consumer choice and appropriate consumer protection.

—Dr Bronwyn Evans, CEO

Committee Members, We Want Your Feedback


As announced to committee members last month, we recently launched five initiatives for a better committee experience:
 
  1. The Academy: customised learning at the click of a button
  2. SIM: our new digital repository
  3. Skype for Business: improved web conferencing capabilities
  4. Simplified Drafting Template: a content-driven drafting experience
  5. Level 9: brand new meeting room facilities

As you familiarise yourself with these new tools and facilities, please share your feedback with us at mail@standards.org.au

Seeking Feedback on Bushfire Standard


In accordance with the Australian Building Codes Board’s (ABCB) Protocol for NCC Referenced Documents, Standards Australia’s technical committee FP-020 has developed an early-stage analysis of the impacts associated with draft changes to AS 3959, Construction of buildings in bushfire-prone areas, in the form of a draft preliminary impact analysis (PIA).

Standards Australia is seeking responses from all interested parties on the consultation questions contained in the PIA. This will assist in establishing the nature and extent of the problem and the likely impacts.

You can access the PIA and learn more from our statement (PDF).

New Australian Standard for Playground Equipment


 
A new standard for playgrounds was recently published, AS 4685.0:2017, Playground equipment and surfacing – Part 0: Development, installation, inspection, maintenance and operation.

This standard creates the foundation for all Australian playground equipment and surfacing standards. The other parts of the AS 4685 series specify equipment requirements and test methods.

Learn more in our media release (PDF).

Committee Member Training: Writing Australian Standards


E-learning available
The new and improved learning program titled “How to write an Australian Standard” is available for our committee members in the Standards Australia Academy. This program provides our contributors with digital learning materials (videos and e-learning) that can be accessed anytime, anywhere. Once complete, join the face-to-face workshop to master your knowledge of the drafting rules for Australian Standards.

Workshops announced
The popular “How to write an Australian Standard” workshops have been scheduled for Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane, Canberra, Adelaide and Perth. This practical workshop is filled with activities and exercises. To get the most from this workshop it’s important to make time to complete the digital learning materials beforehand.

Interested?
 
Visit the Academy, use your Hub login details, and navigate to the events page. Look for this image to identify the correct workshop. Register yourself and remember to download and accept the calendar invitation.

If you need help, contact your project manager or email academy@standards.org.au

Register Today: Digital Transaction Technologies Forum


The accelerating rate of technological change and shifting customer preferences has dramatic implications on how financial services are structured, delivered and consumed. Standards Australia invites all relevant stakeholders to participate in a forum on Friday 29 September 2017 to consider the future of digital transaction technologies.

Standards Australia is an active contributor to international financial services standards through the work of ISO/TC 68, which is mirrored by committee IT-005.

View the event invitation (PDF) for details, including how to register.

In Conversation with Karen Batt


 
This week the ISO General Assembly is being hosted in Berlin, Germany. The General Assembly brings together leaders from ISO’s 162 members as well as leaders from other international organisations like the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), and the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC).

With 80% of world trade affected by standards, we asked Karen Batt, International Engagement Manager at Standards Australia, what goes on and why it matters to Australia.

Standards Australia: So what is ISO General Assembly week?
Karen Batt: It’s the one week a year when the leaders of ISO’s 162 members come together. There are a number of formal meetings including the General Assembly and ISO Council meeting that Australia participates in. We also meet with counterparts from all over the world looking at topics of mutual interest. Additionally, we are meeting with 12 other delegations to talk through a range of topics from our digital transformation to regional cooperation to smart cities and blockchain. Work starts at breakfast and runs through until dinner.

SA: What’s the theme this year?
KB: The theme is “Open minded: Open for change.” We’re pretty excited about this as it aligns with a lot of work we are doing in Australia. DIN, the German Standards body, our hosts, have put together a fantastic program looking at committees of the future, innovation and what they’re calling “sustainable cooperation” which the Australian team is looking forward to.

SA: Who attends for Australia?
KB: Dr Bronwyn Evans and Adrian O’Connell attend as CEO and Deputy CEO but also because of their senior roles in ISO governance. Damian Fisher, our Senior International Development Manager and I are attending as well as Daniel Chidgey, Senior Standards Development Manager, who is presenting on Standards Australia’s Academy. We’re really lucky this year to have a senior delegation from the Commonwealth Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade and the Pacific Island Forum with us to learn more about ISO and join us for a number of discussions.

Silver Economy: Recommendations and Proposed ISO Technical Committee


 
Recently Standards Australia and the Australian Government – Department of Industry, Innovation and Science presented at the APEC Sub-Committee on Standards and Conformance (SCSC) meeting in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam on the APEC Silver Economy Workshop and Recommendations Report (PDF). We are pleased to advise that APEC SCSC endorsed all four key recommendations.

ISO has also circulated a proposal for a new ISO technical committee on ageing societies. Australian stakeholders can provide their position on the ISO proposal for this new field of technical activity until Tuesday 10 October 2017.

Find out more in our media release (PDF).

Upcoming Forum on Drinking Water Treatment


Standards Australia will be hosting a forum on Tuesday 10 October 2017 to consider and discuss a new proposal for the revision of AS/NZS 3497, Drinking water treatment units – Plumbing requirements.

The objective of this standard is to provide manufacturers with minimum plumbing requirements for the installation, design and test procedures for drinking water treatment units.

View the event invite to learn more and register (PDF).

IA-CEPA Workshop: Standards for Enabling Trade


As part of the Indonesia—Australia Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement (IA-CEPA), Standards Australia and BSN (Indonesia) invite you to discuss the current and future market access opportunities and challenges for Indonesian and Australian businesses. This interactive one-day workshop aims to bring together a diverse group of key stakeholders to share experiences and insights, exchange information and make recommendations that will help shape a trade-enabling standards mapping study.

View the event invite to learn more and register (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.

Highlights from August 2017 (PDF):

A New Field of Technical Activity – Ageing Societies
Indonesia–Australia Standards Mapping Project for the IA-CEPA agreement
From toys to human organs – the diversified world of 3D printing

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.