This Quarterly Report provides updates on the initiatives presented in the Technical Governance Review (TGR) Implementation Plan for FY2019.

More strategic approach

Project

Update

Timeline

First CEO Leaders Forum held - Development of a toolkit to replicate approaches across sectors.

Completed.

Q2

Economic modelling for a market segment to be undertaken. Economic modelling to quantify the benefits of standards development now underway.

Initial deliverables expected for Q4.

Q3

CEO Leaders Forum a regular feature of sector engagement. 

Sector Plans under development to inform the need for CEO Leaders Forums. Q4

More open processes

Project

Update

Timeline

Various pilots tested through the Incubator.
Ongoing opportunities for committees to volunteer their projects to run through the Incubator

Pilot Projects underway:

  • Crowd Sourcing
  • Agile/Online Standards Development

Gathering participant feedback on benefits and challenges so far.

Open & Transparent Pilot - Project identified, Detailed Planning underway with the major stakeholders.

Red Flags and Balloting by stage in planning stages.

Q1 - Q4

Many initiatives to better surface projects/standards information underway as part of the Contributor Portal, with the first release as early as September 2019, and subsequent stages underway.

First phase of new contributor portal, Connect, went live in February 2019.

Second phase now in Planning.

Q1 - Q4

Public Comment Process: Ease of commenting, better visibility, including visibility of ISO and IEC content being adopted and red-lining.

Initial pilot of new Public Comment tool completed March 2019.

Planning enhancements based on user feedback, with further pilots through Q4. 

Q4

Piloting use of Artificial Intelligence and Bots to assist proponents navigate requirements for commencement of projects. Planning stage.

Considering additional use cases across the Standards Development process.
Q4

More proactive quality assurance

Project

Update

Timeline

Kick-off workshops across all projects to: Solidify commitment to the project; share relevant information; outline a clear forward plan; confirm commitment of each committee member to action and deliver within a strict project schedule.

Completed

Q1

Project surveys across all projects to ascertain Project Management.

Completed

Q1

Independent facilitators and technical writers to be provided to assist complex and/or contentious technical committees. A framework and criteria on how to apply these resources will be developed and rolled out.

Framework and criteria finalised. Recruitment continuing. Initial resources to commence work in Q4.

Q2

Policy review on appointment, tenure and performance of Chairs. Broader oversight and enforcement of Policy by Standards Australia’s Production Management Group (PMG). Consultation on policy change completed.
Planning staged Implementation through Q4
Q2
Training and strengthening of Nominating Organisation selection and performance. Nominating Organisation Manual to be delivered in Q4, with initial workshops taking place alongside the 2019 Nominating Organisation Forums. Q2
Strengthening on Learning & Development to be provided to Project Managers with case studies and sharing knowledge base. Completed Q2
Training for Committee Chairs to be provided, both electronically and in person. Training material under development, planning for delivery in FY 2020 Q1.  Q3
Proposals for new work to be assessed and approved on a monthly basis, rather than through 6 month cycles. Completed Q3
Extend surveys to assess Committee and Chair’s performance. Ready to commence, pending implementation of Policies on Committee Chairs. Q3
Non-contentious amendments/revisions to be balloted as part of a combined proposal/ approval process. Planning stage. Q4
Process for parallel adoptions of international standards to be rolled out. Planning stage. Q4
Development of framework to better resolve negative ballots, when other ballot criteria has been met, including development of a technical appeals process that gives the opportunity for negative ballotters to appeal a committee’s decision, rather than being given the power of veto. Planning stage. Q4

Q1 is July to September 2018, Q2 is October to December 2018, Q3 is January to March 2019, and Q4 is April to June 2019