Standards Australia Limited is a company limited by guarantee and registered with the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission. As a company limited by guarantee Standards Australia Limited has non-financial Members rather than shareholders.
Standards Australia Limited was incorporated on 1 July 1999, having been formed from the Standards Association of Australia, a body incorporated by Royal Charter in 1950 that had initially commenced operations in 1922.
The Commonwealth Government recognises Standards Australia as Australia's peak national standards body.
A copy of our Constitution and Memorandum of Understanding with the Commonwealth Government are available at the following links:
Standards Australia’s Members come from 75 industry, government and consumer organisations. A list is available on our Members page.
On 26 March 2021, the Members of Standards Australia agreed at an Extraordinary General Meeting to change the criteria for Membership of the company.
The new criteria for Membership, documented in the Constitution, is intended to update and broaden the company's membership, with the aim of ensuring that membership continues to grow Standards Australia's relevance and reach, and reflect a modern Australia.
A new Membership Board Committee has been established to assist the Board in considering applications for Membership of the company. The Committee will be meeting in August 2021 and one of the early items it will consider is the form for making an application for Membership of the company.
In the meantime, queries regarding becoming a Member of Standards Australia should be directed to our Company Secretary, firstname.lastname@example.org
As Australia's peak Standards body, the Board places a high priority on corporate governance.
The governing body of our organisation, the Board provides oversight within the framework of relevant legislation (including the Corporations Act and Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission Act), the Constitution and the Board Charter.
Other Board responsibilities include setting and reviewing the company’s strategic direction, monitoring organisational performance, the appointment of the CEO and deciding on key policy positions.
The Board currently comprises 8 Directors, 6 elected by Members and 2 appointed by the Board.
Our Board Committees
Four Committees assist the Board in exercising its responsibilities and provide it with recommendations and advice. These Committees are the:
- Finance, Risk & Audit Committee (Charter, PDF)
- Membership Committee (Charter, PDF)
- Remuneration & Nominations Committee (Charter, PDF)
- Standards Development & Accreditation Committee (SDAC) (Charter, PDF)
The Membership Committee and SDAC are the only Board Committees that comprise Directors and external members. SDAC external members are elected by Members of Standards Australia or appointed by the Board. Membership Committee external members are Member representatives elected by Members of Standards Australia. View our Election and Ballot By-Laws
In keeping with good governance principles, Members of the Board and its Committees are expected to:
- maintain impartiality, act in good faith and in the best interests of the organisation.
- comply with our Disclosure of Interests Policy (PDF) and disclose any actual, potential or perceived conflicts of interest as they arise and treat any information obtained as a Committee Member as confidential information.
- refrain from using any information received for the benefit of themselves or any other person or entity they are connected to.
Information regarding Standards Australia's technical governance and standards development process can be found on our Standardisation Guides page.
View Standards Australia's Nominating Organisation Responsibilities and Code of Conduct (PDF).