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Standards and the Law


Standards Australia is not part of government; we do not make laws or regulations.
Australian Standards are not legal documents. However, when a government references a standard in legislation, it becomes mandatory.
This is a decision made by elected governments, not Standards Australia.
Standards are also often incorporated into legal contracts.
Database of Australian Standards in legislation and case law
You can search for Australian Standards referenced in legislation and case law via the search tool provided on this page. The search is conducted on the Australasian Legal Information Institute (AustLII) website, which provides free access to Australasian legal materials via the Internet. The search tool allows users to search and access the full text of the legislation and case law and navigate to each instance where the Australian Standard is referenced.
Helpful Tips in Searching for a Standard referenced in legislation:
  • Note that the search may return Bills, current and repealed Acts and Regulations, ordered by jurisdiction and title of the database
  • Search for the number of the Australian Standard, not the title or keywords. For example, search for AS 3000 not "Wiring Rules"
  • Use the prefix AS not Australian Standard or Australian Standard 3000
  • Use "AS 3000" if you want the search to be treated as a phrase
  • If the search returns a PDF document, use "Ctrl+F" to find the reference

AustLII maintains its own collections of primary legal materials (legislation and case law); and secondary legal materials (such as commentaries and summaries on the law). These materials are listed under AustLII Databases on the AustLII website at
There are codes that are referenced in legislation that adopt Australian Standards which are not included on the AustLII database. These include the National Construction Code of Australia and the Food Standards Code. Please refer to the bodies responsible for these codes for further information.