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November 2017 Edition


Chairman’s Report: AGM and Council Meeting 2017

Introducing the Incubator: User Focused Innovation

In Conversation with Libby Christie

Consultation Open for the Revision of SG-006

Seeking Feedback on Aged Standards

Last chance: Bitumen Standards Forum Registration


Join the Digital Induction Program

International Update

Sector Updates

Drafts Open for Comment

Forests not all the same: PEFC thinking globally on standards

Chairman’s Report: AGM and Council Meeting 2017

We have just concluded the Annual General Meeting of Standards Australia for 2017 with members in Melbourne. It was a busy meeting with a full agenda.

The Board was pleased to report a full year of turning vision into action and executing against our Strategic Plan.

It is pleasing to see the commitments that we have made to members being realised as we work through our Action Plan. Our financial position remains strong and we are well prepared for another year making even greater contributions to Australian life.

We reported to Council on our:

Technical Governance Review to ensure our technical governance remains contemporary and fit for purpose.
Continued investment in business transformation across all aspects of our operations.
The launch of our Incubator to test ideas, prove concepts and enable user focused change.

From the discussions that we had today, it is equally pleasing that our members and stakeholders are seeing the benefits of the work we are doing, with our core business front of mind.

I was also able to thank Libby Christie for her significant contribution to Standards Australia as a Director over the last 9 years and as the Chair of the R&N Committee for the last 7. Libby is a role model and an inspirational leader. Her observations are succinct, diplomatic and enlightening. Libby, you will be missed.

With Libby’s retirement, I am very pleased to be welcoming Tracey Gramlick to the Board. Tracey is known to many as a passionate contributor to industry and an active contributor to discussions on how regulation, standards and compliance can support Australian businesses well into the future.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank our members for their commitment to Standards Australia and the work we do, nationally and internationally. We are looking forward to an exciting 2018.

—Richard Brooks, Chairman

Introducing the Incubator: User Focused Innovation

Standards Australia officially launched its ‘Innovation Incubator’ at the AGM and Council meeting.

The Incubator was established to bring the agility, thinking, processes and project methodologies of a start-up to Standards Australia and embed an open innovation mindset across its internal and external business operations.

Incubator Program Manager, Eddie McGuire explained that the Incubator will only succeed with your help.

“Bring us your standards related needs and ideas, no matter how big or small, and let’s work through developing and prototyping a solution, together. The Incubator is all about collaboration. We need ideas. And we need champions to drive them.”

To contact the Incubator, email incubator@standards.org.au or visit standards.org.au/incubator.

In Conversation with Libby Christie

Libby Christie has been a Director of Standards Australia since 2008 and Executive Director of The Australian Ballet since 2013. Prior to taking up her current role at The Australian Ballet, Libby was acting CEO of the Australia Council and before that was Executive Director of Arts Funding at the Australia Council for the Arts from 2009 to 2012. From 2003 to 2009 Libby was Managing Director of the Sydney Symphony, resident at the Sydney Opera House. Before her career in the arts sector, Libby held senior management roles in the technology and telecommunications sector.

Standards Australia: As the Executive Director of The Australian Ballet, how do standards support your sector?
Libby Christie: The performing arts sector, like all industries, benefits from standards. At The Australian Ballet, standards are used in every production, from the installation of sets and props to the lighting and special effects like pyrotechnics. Equally important is the application of standards relating to noise for our musicians working in the orchestra pit. Standards help us maintain a safe and productive workplace.

At a personal level, I’ve been impressed by – and learned a lot from - the consensus-based decision-making processes used by Standards Australia. This excellent, inclusive process has taught me a lot about how to work across different interest groups to find great solutions to complex problems which everyone will support.

SA: You first joined the Board in 2008. How has the organisation changed since then?
LC: There have been lots of positive changes at Standards Australia over the 9 years I’ve been on the Board. New Chairs and CEOs have brought their own leadership style. Bronwyn Evans and her great Executive Team have had an excellent base to build the organisation to the highly professional, focussed and supportive team that we see today. In particular, the business transformation and use of digital technology and the increased focus on the next generation have added extra energy as Standards Australia considers exciting new strategies and opportunities for the future.

SA: What are the opportunities and challenges you see for Standards Australia in the next five years?
LC: I see an exciting future for Standards Australia. New technologies and new generations of standards developers will create excellent opportunities to work more closely with our membership and the broader community of standards developers and users. The opportunity to transition away from our legacy distribution arrangements will mean that we can consider new options, but always with a view to improve our connection with our community and our capacity to deliver timely, valuable information.

SA: What do you think is in the future of standards development?
LC: With standards adding value to our lives in so many ways, keeping our communities safe and giving us all confidence about the world we live in, it’s pretty clear standards have a valuable role to play well into the future. In my view, our consensus-based processes and international collaboration align well with modern thinking about the need for people to take responsibility for and be involved in decisions that affect our communities and standard of living. The new, digitally connected world we live in means that we can continue to transform the way we work together to develop new standards – involving a much broader pool of interested experts locally and internationally.

Consultation Open for the Revision of SG-006

Standards Australia is working to promote better harmonisation of Australian Standards with International Standards. We are revising the current SG-006, Rules for the structure and drafting of Australian Standards, to align more closely with the ISO / IEC Directives, Part 2, Principles and rules for the structure and drafting of ISO and IEC documents - 2016 (7th edition).

The new revision of SG-006 is open for comments until 15 December 2017 to ensure we have strong stakeholder support and that any variations from the ISO/IEC directives are necessary for Australian documents.

Pilot of Public Consultation Tool

To support this public comment we are trialling a new online public commenting platform, Atlassian Confluence, which allows commenting directly on the relevant page.

You can access the SG-006 public comment site here http://pcpilot.standards.org.au/. The first time you access the site you will be required to register an account; click the link ‘Sign up here’ and follow the instructions.

A user guide is available on the site and provides instructions on how to navigate SG-006 and leave comments.

We also invite feedback to mail@standards.org.au on the use of Confluence as a public comment tool.

Seeking Feedback on Aged Standards

We are seeking feedback on a number of Aged Standards (documents over ten years old) to keep our catalogue contemporary and relevant. Let us know if these standards are still used by your industry or community by Monday 18 December 2017.

Learn more on our Aged Standards Review page.

Upcoming Events

Last chance: Bitumen Standards Forum Registration

There are spots remaining at our upcoming forum for bitumen standards. Register by close of business on Monday 20 November 2017.

Download the event invitation (PDF).

Contributor corner

Join the Digital Induction Program

Login to the Academy now and become part of our social learning community: post comments, discuss ideas, and learn from others’ experience through video interviews. The digital induction program is a great place to learn about the standards development process so that you can make the best contributions possible from day one. It includes access to eLearning modules, instructional documents, and webinars in a social learning environment.

Book into the next webinar, on Tuesday 12 December 2017, to ensure you don’t miss it.


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 October 2017 (PDF):

Important registration information for international delegates attending ISO and IEC meetings
Use of ISO management system standards continues to rise in Australia and worldwide
IEC General Meeting 2017 Recap

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.

SDO News: reports from other developers of Australian Standards

Forests not all the same: PEFC thinking globally on standards

In keeping with the theme ‘Think Globally, Act Locally’, the Program for Endorsement of Forest Certification requires all developed national standards PEFC International's sustainability benchmarks.

This ‘bottom-up’ approach ensures that standards meet the expectations of stakeholders on the ground, address local conditions, and are consistent with national laws and regulations, while at the same time meeting international benchmarks and being internationally recognised.

This ensures standards are wholly adaptable to different sets of circumstances.

Forests are not all the same; they are highly diverse around the globe and adaptability is of major significance in forest management.

Sustainable forest management of temperate forests in Europe or North America requires different approaches from that of tropical forests in Africa, Asia or South America as different tree species and different climatic, socio-economic, cultural, and environmental conditions require different management methods.

Functions and benefits that forests are expected to deliver vary widely.

More than 1.6 billion people depend directly on forests for their livelihoods, especially in developing countries, thereby making shared access to forest resources crucial, while in some developed countries, recreational activities are among the key benefits provided by forests.

Traditions, culture and management capacities and systems differ both within and among countries.

Legislative, administrative and governance frameworks and capacities vary between and among countries requiring approaches that make best use of existing structures.

PEFC is well placed to respond to these challenges, with standards independently developed and owned by local stakeholders.

This ownership is key to the success of forest certification as it empowers local people to manage forests in compliance with the standards in whose development they themselves were involved.