Overview of initiative

Breakthroughs in critical and emerging technologies (CET) can transform Australia's economy and society by boosting productivity, creating jobs and keeping Australians safe.  This initiative is driving Government and industry engagement to coordinate an Australian standards position in key technological areas including artificial intelligence, digital twin, 5G, Internet of Things (IoT), smart cities and quantum, among others. 

Objectives include:

The CET initiative is framed by a typology which outlines fundamentals, principles and technologies in CET standards setting. 

Data sharing, use and management
Trustworthiness, cyber security, privacy, interoprability
Artificial intelligence, smart cities, internet of things, digital twin, 5G, Quantum


Our CET initiative seeks to address the speed-to-market challenge involved in standardisation by ensuring guidance keeps pace with rapid technological development. Additionally, it seeks to create a unified Australian position on CET to ensure Australian interests are represented in international standards setting. 

Why is this important?

It is essential to harness the potential of CET to improve Australia’s competitiveness and economic growth. Standardisation is key to opening new markets for emerging technologies, ensuring interoperability and facilitating international trade, as well as managing associated security risks.

Smart Cities Advisory Group

Smart Cities are digitally-connected, data-driven cities that harness technology to make them more sustainable, liveable and efficient. As more cities become ‘smart’, standards are playing a key role in ensuring the safety and interoperability of smart cities systems, as well as providing metrics for smart cities and guidance on implementation. 

In 2020, Standards Australia published our Smart Cities Standards Roadmap. One of its key recommendations was the creation of the Smart Cities Advisory Group to provide strategic advice and coordination across Australian Smart Cities committees. Launched in early 2022, the Advisory Group helps to form a unified Australian position and to identify key opportunities and gaps for standardisation.

The Advisory Group will shortly publish four thematic papers on:

  • Security and resilience
  • Circular economy 
  • Sustainable cities and communities 
  • Aging society

Applicable standards:

Quantum Position Paper

Quantum-related developments are set to produce a technological revolution that will impact all sectors, with applications across computing, sensors and communications networks. The Australian Government predicts that growing Australia’s quantum industry has the potential to add $4 billion and 16,000 new jobs to the economy by 2040.

Quantum standardisation is nascent; however, Standards Australia is taking an active role in supporting a strong Australian position on quantum. The organisation’s newly formed national Quantum Working Group is taking an active role in the development of international standards on terminology for quantum computing - an important first step for ensuring future interoperability in this emerging market. 

Following a March 2022 forum and a series of subsequent roundtable meetings, Standards Australia is developing its forthcoming Quantum Position Paper. This paper will detail the standardisation efforts that are already underway worldwide related to quantum technologies and to map the current and emerging standards needs for quantum technologies.

Data & Digital Standards Landscape

Standards Australia has developed the Data and Digital Standards Landscape to map standards across seven key technological areas, including: data management, artificial intelligence, smart cities, internet of things, digital twin, cyber security and cloud computing. 

Standards in these emerging technology areas are enabling interoperability and security, playing a key role in Australia’s digital future. 

This report provides an overview of international and Australian standards published over the last five years and highlights the ongoing work of the relevant international committees at the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) and International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC), and their respective national mirror committees in Australia. 

The report explores emerging areas and opportunities for each technological area and makes recommendations on how Standards Australia, industry and the Australia Government can best work together to ensure data and digital standards keep pace with rapid technological development and reflect Australian interests. 


Jesse Riddell

Senior International Partnerships Manager

Summer Lamont

Strategic Initiatives Officer