As we move into a new financial year, I would like to take the opportunity to celebrate Standards Australia’s achievements in the year just concluded.
Last year, we forecast 403 publications, which we exceeded with 484 publications. This increase is consistent with previous years’ growth and reflects on our contributors’ dedication in challenging times. With the strong commitment of all involved, we have been able to deliver many projects ahead of schedule.
FY21 was a big year in terms of our ongoing transformation program. We are investing in technology and changing how we work with our customers and contributors to make their experience better every day. Over the financial year, we engaged many new staff with new capabilities to support and deliver on our plans.
April was a particularly momentous month for Standards Australia. After a culmination of years of planning and work, we launched the Standards Store. For the first time since 2003, Standards Australia has a direct channel to market, providing digital standards for our customers.
In FY21 we strengthened our engagement function to provide greater support to stakeholders and nominating organisations. The feedback on this change is that we are more responsive, easier to work with and, proposals are coming through the pipeline much more efficiently.
Other achievements include projects the international and national teams are working on in new areas and the graduation of our NEXTgen participants in May. I am eager to see their valuable input in the years ahead.
Additionally, we completed our Board led company governance review. Members strongly supported the adoption of a new modern constitution – which is available here
We are incredibly appreciative of all the members, contributors, stakeholders and staff - who, working together, have helped Standards Australia deliver trusted solutions that truly improve life and empower communities.
While acknowledging these achievements I also note that there are still many other changes and critical improvements coming over the horizon.