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Aged Standards Review

Standards Australia is committed to maintaining a contemporary and relevant catalogue of Australian Standards which add to the Net Benefit of the Australian community. The Aged Standards Review is one of the ways in which Standards Australia gives effect to that commitment.

The Aged Standards Review is being carried out in conjunction with Standards New Zealand, and seeks to ensure those joint Australia and New Zealand Standards managed by Standards Australia are current and continue to support trans-Tasman harmonisation where possible.  

What is the Aged Standards Review?

The Aged Standards Review is a process undertaken by Standards Australia to review all Australian Standards and other publications in our catalogue that have been published for more than ten years in their current edition. For the purpose of the Aged Standards Review, such documents are deemed to be ‘Aged Standards’. Many of these documents have been amended within the last ten years, and many continue to be used. However, given our commitment to maintaining a catalogue which is contemporary and relevant, we are asking our Technical Committees, our Nominating Organisations and a broader range of stakeholders to provide their views on the currency of the Aged Standards in our catalogue. 


Open for consultation

We are not currently seeking public input on the proposed withdrawal of any Aged Standards. However, this is an ongoing process and we will be releasing the next batch of proposed withdrawals soon.
 
We will notify the public through our website, social media, news statements, newsletter (E-News), and dedicated correspondence when each batch is released for public comment.
 
To keep up to date with Standards Australia news, sign up for our monthly e-newsletter E-News here, or our News Room updates.
 
When we do propose the withdrawal of Aged Standards, if an Australian Standard on the list of proposed withdrawals is still being used in your industry or community and you object to its withdrawal, or if you do not agree that a particular document should be on the proposed withdrawal list, click here to email the Aged Standards Team specifying the Standard (number, title and publication year) and the basis of your concerns.
 
Alternatively, you can mail the details to:
Aged Standards Team
Standards Australia
PO Box 476, Sydney NSW 2001  
If you are not sure whether a Standard is relevant to you and your industry or community, or whether a Standard is still being used, you could speak to an industry association or interest group on this matter. If you are unsure who to approach, you can speak to Standards Australia’s National Sector Managers who can point you in the right direction. Find the contact details for a National Sector Manager here.
 

How does it work?

The Aged Standards Review operates in two stages:

  • Stage 1 - Aged Standards that are managed by active Technical Committees
In Stage 1, Standards Australia asks relevant Technical Committees with an active work program to review Aged Standards within their area of oversight and decide whether particular publications should be reconfirmed, revised, made obsolescent or withdrawn.
  1. Reconfirmation – Is appropriate when the document’s status as a current Standard is to be renewed (“reconfirmed”) without any changes to its content.
  2. Revision – Is appropriate when the document is to retain its status as a current Standard, but its content and/or structure needs to be updated. The Revision process remains subject to Standards Australia’s usual standards development procedures.
  3. Obsolescent – This indicates that the document is not recommended for new equipment or as a current practice, but is retained in order to provide for servicing of existing equipment or requirements.
  4. Withdrawal – This indicates that the document is no longer relevant, or its designation has changed. (See further information below on Withdrawn Standards)
This process is working well and is ongoing.
 
  • Stage 2 - Aged Standards that are not managed by any active Technical Committee

In Stage 2, Standards Australia seeks the views of the general public (including Nominating Organisations and a broader range of stakeholders) about all Aged Standards that do not fall within the area of oversight of any active committee.

Aged Standards, which are not referenced in Australian and/or New Zealand legislation and are not managed by any active Technical Committee, are being proposed for withdrawal, unless we receive advice to the contrary from the public. This approach recognises the fact that while many documents within this group may well be suitable for withdrawal, some documents within this group may still be used in some way within an industry, community or by government.

The process will be as follows:

  1. The list of Aged Standards proposed for withdrawal will be published on our website. Notification will be issued through our newsletters and dedicated correspondence to committee members and Nominating Organisations.
  2. There will be a 9-week public consultation period on the proposed list. All members of the public are invited to look at the list and to let Standards Australia know of any objections to the proposed withdrawal of any Aged Standards in the list.
  3. Following the consultation period, if no objections are received, the list of Aged Standards will be submitted to Standards Australia’s Production Management Group (PMG) for their approval to withdraw these Standards. Joint Australia/New Zealand Standards will also be submitted to Standards New Zealand (SNZ) for approval to be withdrawn.
  4. If objections to withdraw the Aged Standards are received, further consultation will be undertaken to determine the appropriate course of action to take.

For Aged Standards which are referenced in Australian legislation and are not managed by any active Technical Committee, Standards Australia will write to the relevant Australian regulators advising that the Aged Standard is being proposed for withdrawal.

For Aged Standards which are referenced in New Zealand legislation and are not managed by any active Technical Committee, Standards New Zealand have a similar process in place and will contact the relevant New Zealand regulators advising that the Aged Standard is being proposed for withdrawal.

If no objections are received by the relevant regulators, public input will be sought for these Aged Standards to be withdrawn through the process described above.

 

What happens when a Standard is withdrawn?

A Standard with the status of Withdrawn indicates that the product has been withdrawn as it is no longer relevant. Standards Australia will not undertake further work to maintain or update a withdrawn Standard.
 
The ‘Withdrawn’ status is used if the product is withdrawn and not replaced.
 
A product may also be withdrawn if it: 
 
  • is not up-to-date technically; 
  • does not reflect current practice or research;
  • is not suitable for new and existing applications (products, systems or processes); and
  • is not compatible with current views and expectations regarding quality, safety and the environment.
It is still possible, however, for a Withdrawn Standard to be used within an industry, community or by a government if they choose to do so. One reason for this may be because there are no replacement technical documents readily available.
 
Withdrawn Standards may still be purchased from SAI Global
 

Why should I participate in the Aged Standards Review?

Your expertise and input as the end-user of our Standards is invaluable.
 
We want to hear from you on whether these Aged Standards are still useful and relevant. If they are still being used in your industry or community, then we will work to continue making these Standards available.
 
By assisting us to identify which Standards are still useful and relevant, you are also helping us to make decisions about allocating our time and resources into areas that are aligned with Australia’s needs. 
 

When will the list of aged Standards proposed for withdrawal be available for consultation?

We have been releasing lists of Aged Standards proposed for withdrawal in batches based on sector and we have been notifying the public through our website, social media, news statements, newsletter (E-News), and dedicated correspondence when each batch is released for public comment.
 
This is an ongoing process. When Standards reach the ‘Aged Standard’ status (i.e. a Standard published for more than ten years in its current edition), we will continue to release lists of Aged Standards proposed for withdrawal on our website and notify stakeholders via the above methods. This means that sectors that have already undergone a public consultation process may over time have new proposed withdrawal lists published, as Standards under the responsibility of that sector reach the ‘Aged Standard’ status.
 
To keep up to date with Standards Australia news, sign up for our monthly e-newsletter E-News here, or our News Room updates
 

Do all sectors have Aged Standards?

The following sector does not currently have any Aged Standards:
 
  • Education and Training Services  

Which sectors have already undergone a 9 week consultation period?

The following sectors have already undergone a consultation process for the proposed withdrawal of Aged Standards:
 
  • Mining
  • Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing and Food
  • Water and Waste Services
  • Public Safety, Public Administration, Business and Management
  • Transport and Logistics
  • Consumer Products, Services and Safety
  • Health and Community Services
  • Electrotechnology and Energy
  • Building and Construction
  • Communications, Information Technology and e-Commerce Services
  • Manufacturing and Processing
As this is an ongoing process, sectors that have already undergone a public consultation process may over time have new proposed withdrawal lists published, as Standards under the responsibility of that sector reach the ‘Aged Standard’ status.
 
For further information, please contact us on 1800 035 822 or click here to email the Aged Standards Team.
 
Thank you for taking the time to help us maintain a contemporary and relevant catalogue of Australian Standards for the net benefit of Australia.