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How we participate

Standards Australia coordinates Australian representation at international standards meetings by:

  • Ensuring that stakeholders are informed about opportunities to participate and the benefits of participating in international standards work;
  • Reviewing delegate nominations to ensure they are supported by a balanced group of Australian stakeholders;
  • Administering the Department of Industry (DOI) funding that subsidises delegates' attendance at international meetings;
  • Providing guidance documents and training to assist delegates attending international meetings.  

Adopting International Standards

Standards Australia has a policy of adopting International Standards wherever possible. This policy is in line with Australia's obligations under the World Trade Organization's Code of Practice, which requires the elimination of technical standards as barriers to international trade.

Areas of industry where no significant International Standards exist include building, construction and occupational health and safety.
More information about the procedure and benefits of adopting international standards is outlined in the Standardisation Guides