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The Role of Standards Australia. International Training Program 2006 Standards Issues 8 th September 2006 Johit Daas. Johit Das . Projects Manager Communications, IT & e- Commerce Standards Australia. Agenda. Introduction to Standards Australia (SA) Standards development procedure

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the role of standards australia
The Role of Standards Australia

International Training Program 2006

Standards Issues

8th September 2006

Johit Daas

johit das
Johit Das

Projects Manager

Communications, IT & e- Commerce

Standards Australia


Introduction to Standards Australia (SA)

Standards development procedure

International relationships

Standards Australia committees


standards australia since 1922
Standards Australia – since 1922

Standards Australia is recognized by the government as Australia’s peak standards body. It develops Australian Standards® of public benefit and national interest and supports excellence in design and innovation through the Australian Design Awards.

Standards Australia develops standards in the areas of Building, Utilities, Business, Community, Materials and Information Technology.

our mission
Our mission

To excel in meeting Australia’s need for contemporary, internationally-aligned standards and related services which enhance the nation’s economic efficiency, international competitiveness, and fulfil the community desire for a safe and sustainable environment.

how is standards australia funded
How is Standards Australia funded?

Standards Australia is not-for-profit.

It produces standards of public benefit and in the national interest. It is free from the pressure of creating standards based on their ability to ‘sell’.

Standards Australia is funded by:

  • investment portfolio;
  • commonwealth funding;
  • royalties.
what is a standard
What is a standard?

A standard is a published document which

sets out specifications and procedures designed to ensure that a material, product, method or service is fit for its purpose

and consistently performs the way is was

meant to perform.

why are standards important
Why are standards important?

National Interest:

Standards are the common denominator

in countless business transactions.

They add value through enhanced organisational intelligence, operational

efficiency and deliver measurable

competitive advantage both nationally

and in overseas markets.

why are standards important continued
Why are standards important?– continued

Public Benefit:

Standards promote confidence in products

and services. They establish order, provide convenience, safety, quality and reliability, compatibility of systems and components,

and they protect the environment.

who develops the standards
Who develops the standards?

Standards Australia facilitates the development of standards by bringing together a committee of experts from a wide range of representative interest groups to work to formulate or revise standards.

Broad-based representation and agreement results in a standard that best matches the needs and values of our society as a whole.

There are around 8,200 experts on 1576 technical committees.

who develops the standards continued
Who develops the standards?– continued

Members of Standards Australia

committees represent:

  • Consumer and end-user interests;
  • Government: Federal, State and Local;

- Commercial and retail interests;

- Trade unions;

- Research, academic and testing organizations;

- Professional bodies;

- Manufacturers and industry.

how are standards developed
How are standards developed?

- Committee members work through a process of discussion and debate. They are obliged to work towards consensus;

  • 80% agreement is required before a standard is finalized and no major sectional interest can maintain a negative vote;
  • Standards Australia is a neutral facilitator;
  • Standards Australia staff do not have any voting rights or powers to influence committee decisions.
how are standards developed continued
How are standards developed? – continued

Standards Australia committees use web-based authoring and document management tools.

New video-conferencing technology is currently being explored to enable ‘virtual’ committees.

An ever-increasing proportion of work involved in developing a standard can now be done remotely, keeping the cost of committee meetings to a minimum.


Request for New Standard Project

Project approved

Preliminary Draft

Creating a new Australian Standard

Committee Draft

Draft for Public Comment

Consideration of Comment

Draft for Postal Ballot

The Published Standard

are standards mandatory
Are standards mandatory?

Observance of Australian Standards® is voluntary unless they are mandated by a contract or commonwealth or state government legislation.

Currently, about 2400 of the total 6856 standards published have become mandatory by government legislation.

key statistics for 2005 2006
Key statistics for 2005-2006

- 535 standards published

- 600 drafts issued

- 22 other publications

- 1576 technical committees

- 8200 committee members

- 119 Standards Australia staff

- 17 ISO/IEC/JTC secretariats

some popular standards
Some popular standards

- Quality management systems (AS/NZS ISO 9000)

- Risk management (AS/NZS 4360)

- General conditions of contract (AS 4000)

- Corporate governance (AS 8000-4)

- National timber framing code (AS 1684)

- Electrical installations, wiring rules (AS/NZS 3000)

standards development areas
Standards development areas
  • Building and Utilities: fundamental engineering standards which underpin the modern construction industry and add to the safety, efficiency and cost-effectiveness
  • Business: contemporary standards to assist businesses to perform more effectively in highly competitive markets
standards development areas continued
Standards development areas– continued
  • Community: covers a wide range of topics including consumer products, food, health, health informatics, transport, environmental issues
  • Materials: standards relating to occupational health and safety, materials science, textiles and mechanical engineering
  • Information Technology: innovative standards encapsulating communications, technology and e-commerce.
australian design awards
Australian Design Awards

The ADA, a division of Standards Australia, is a national program dedicated to raising the profile and significance of professional design in Australia.

The Awards program recognizes and rewards excellence in design and innovation through a world-renowned application and assessment process.

For more info:

our publishing partner
Our publishing partner

Our standards, Australian Standards®, are published, distributed and marketed by SAI Global under a license agreement.

Royalties paid to Standards Australia, from this agreement, are put back into the business of developing standards of public benefit and national interest.

international relationships
International relationships

Standards Australia is Australia’s member of the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) and the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC).

Standards Australia and Standards New Zealand enjoy a close working relationship underpinned by a memorandum of understanding.

international relationships continued
International relationships– continued

Standards Australia adopts International Standards wherever possible.

Australia's obligations under the World Trade Organization's Code of Practice.

33% of current Australian Standards are fully or substantially aligned with International Standards.

international relationships continued1
International relationships– continued

Member of Joint Technical Committee (JTC1) of IEC & ISO on Information Technology


- CISPR (International Special Committee on Radio Interference)

- TC 77 A, B & C (Electromagnetic Compatibility (EMC)

- TC 80 (Maritime navigation and radiocommunication equipment and systems)

- TC 106 (Human Exposure to EM fields)

standards australia committees communications related
Standards Australia Committees– communications related

TE-003 Electromagnetic Compatibility

TE-007 Human Exposure to EM Fields

RC-004 Radiocommunications Equipment Maritime

RC-006 Radiocommunications Equipment General

CT-001 Communications Cabling

CT-002 Broadcasting & Related Services

te 003 emc
TE-003 EMC

Is the peak national committee

TE-003 adopts IEC CISPR documents

Responsible for Australian representation on international EMC standards setting bodies

Contact point for otherSA committees on EMC issues

Oversees the work of its subcommittees

te 003 work program
TE-003 Work Program

Composed of representatives from nominating organisations

Monitors and prepares Australia's position on issues arising

Final Australian vote on draft International Standard

Development of AS/NZS EMC standards

te 003 subcommittee
TE-003 Subcommittee

A sub-committee is constituted to consider matters arising from AS/NZS standards development.

Review comments and/or negative votes

Prepare draft Australian variations to international or regionalstandards

e.g. Broadband over Powerline (BPL) Communications

rc 004 rc 006
RC-004 & RC-006

Maritime Safety Standards

- Personal locator beacons AS/NZS 4280:2005 Amds

- Maritime Survivor locating systems AS/NZS 4869:2006

General radiocommunications

- Short range devices AS/NZS 4268:2003 + Amd1&2

- Site standards AS/NZS 3516:200X parts 1 & 2

Mandatory Standards

Modifies International Standards

Develops home grown Standards

ct 001 communications cabling
CT-001 Communications Cabling

CCM is the industry reference document on regulations and Standards.

Provides :

- Guidance on regulatory licensing regime

- Relevant Standards & communications guide

Develops home grown cabling Standards

communications cabling manual 3 rd edition
Communications Cabling Manual 3rd Edition

Four modules: Target Date is December 2006

Module 1: HB 243:2006 Australian regulatory arrangements

Module 2: HB 29:2006 Communications cabling handbook

Module 3: HB 252:2006 Residential communications cabling handbook

Module 4: Regulatory Standards:

AS/ACIF S008:2006, Requirements for authorised cabling products

AS/ACIF S009:2006, Installation requirements for customer cabling (Wiring Rules)

A series of Voluntary Standards: AS/NZS 308X series and related ISO/IEC Standards


Standards are living documents, which reflect progress in science, technology and systems.

They define quality and safety criteria for producers and users, and also encourage consumers to accept products and services more readily, when they accord with Standard requirements.

contacting us
Contacting us

Standards Australia Limited 286 Sussex Street

Sydney NSW 2000

Tel: 02 8206 6000 Email:

thank you
Thank You