In February 2017, Standards Australia hosted a Blockchain Standards Workshop with more than 50 participants representing government, industry, academic and consumer organisations and featured international and local speakers. This activity, complemented by data from a survey, culminated in the production of a Roadmap for Blockchain Standards
, identifying priority areas for standardisation in blockchain. This formed a forward work-plan for IT-041, and greatly contributed to Australia’s leadership on international blockchain standards.
On 6 April 2017, immediately following the inaugural ISO/TC 307 meeting in Sydney, we hosted the International Blockchain Standards Conference, featuring speakers from throughout Asia, Europe, Australia and the Americas. The conference brought together representatives from international standards bodies, the finance sector, regulators, policy-makers and startups, provided an overview of blockchain technology trends and opportunities, through standardisation, to enable interoperability and wider use of the technology.
In June 2017, Standards Australia participated in the Blockchain for Finance Conference
in Singapore, profiling the process of international standards development as it pertains to blockchain. The presentation provided a chronology of the process to establish the ISO Technical Committee on blockchain and distributed ledger technology, and identified opportunities for standardisation to lift capability and embed baseline operating models, including in the fintech sector.
In September 2017, in collaboration with Austrade and the Australian Digital Commerce Association (ADCA), Standards Australia partnered to deliver the Shanghai Blockchain mission. The mission focused on exposure opportunities for Australian businesses in the Chinese market (with a heavy emphasis on payment platforms), standardisation (including a structured roundtable dialogue), and international engagement with blockchain companies from other markets.