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International Trade

Standards and International Trade

International standards that are created through the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) and International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) play a vital role in facilitating trade allowing Australian business to compete successfully in the global economy.


Using standards to open the door to new markets

Australian industry is faced with an increasingly challenging and competitive international landscape that is defined by geopolitical and technological change. Using international standards allows Australian businesses to meet internationally recognised benchmarks, making it easier to compete and sell anywhere in the world by giving their products a competitive edge.

To gain market access in foreign markets, Australian products, processes and services often must be designed and certified to meet international standards. Alignment to international standards also supports consistency and interoperability across borders, enabling business to take part in global value chains.

Standards Australia supports Australian business by adopting many international standards to better equip Australian businesses for international trade. We also support Australian businesses’ involvement in the development of international standards.  

For more information on how to get involved in international standardisation activities, please visit our International Engagement page.