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Distribution Policy Consultation

Part of this process includes comprehensive consultation in each capital city across Australia seeking views on our Distribution and Licensing Policy Discussion Paper (PDF) which has been recently released.
Send your Discussion Paper responses to distribution@standards.org.au. Submissions will be taken until 29 July 2019.
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In Conversation with Colin Doyle

Standards Australia: How would you sum up the standards work that you are currently involved in?
Colin Doyle: The primary activity is to ensure safety for the community, so the reduction of electrical shock and fire caused from equipment. We also take into consideration the adoption of international standards.
As part of my work on the air conditioner performance committee, we recently introduced a new Seasonal Energy Efficiency Rating (SEER) and energy labelling scheme to provide consumers and commercial users with a means to be able to select air conditioners that work most efficiently in the particular climate zone where they will be used.
I have been working in the industry for my whole career, on household, industrial and commercial equipment, in all aspects from manufacturing to product testing and selection. It has been varied and very satisfying work.
SA: How will this impact the life of Australians?
CD: Essentially for safety but also product performance, especially in relation to energy and water efficiency where running cost savings are important for consumers whilst ensuring that products still perform as expected.
We also need to take into consideration that we no longer manufacture consumer products in Australia. Overseas appliance manufacturers are moving towards products suitable for global or major markets use. It would be very expensive to ask for design changes just for the comparatively tiny Australian market. However, we do need to ensure that the global product is safe for use in Australia, hence the importance of our participation in the development of the international standards, and if not successful, we maintain our Australian or AS/NZS standard variations.

SA: Why do standards matter to you?
CD: I left school in 1967 and started work as a cadet engineer. Two years later working in the refrigeration design and test lab, I was introduced to the use of standards for testing the performance and electrical safety of commercial and household refrigeration equipment.
It was obvious that there needed to be a standard testing procedure used otherwise refrigerator manufacturers would test and rate the performance of their products differently. Whether its performance or safety-related the test processes, rating and minimum requirements need to be standardised.
Ever since my first involvement with using standards and understanding their importance to the Australian life, I wanted to be part of the process to ensure that products are being tested in a standardised way. This meant that products supplied into the Australian market by local manufacturers or overseas manufacturers, must comply with Australian or agreed equivalent international standards, to ensure safe, correctly rated products and a level playing field. Hence, in the late 1970’s, I was pleased to be nominated to join the standards development process at Standards Australia.
Ironically as retirement rapidly approaches, I am still involved in the standards committee that specifies the performance and energy efficiency of household refrigerators…
SA: What does the future of standardisation look like?
CD: It is critical to continue to increase the understanding of the need of standards to ensure continual safety whether it is applicable to products or buildings or other areas.

Standards Australia is in good hands with plans to improve standards development methods, including involvement and training of NEXTgen people; consultation to development most appropriate means of standards availability to their many varied users and continued management of Australia participation in International Standards.  


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