CEO report

—Adrian O'Connell, Chief Executive

And the winners are…

Preparing buildings for workers post restrictions

Australia–UK FTA negotiations begin

Supporting an increase in cybersecurity

Welcoming Comprehensive Strategic Partnership with India

The growing relationship Australia has with India has been bolstered following the agreement between the two nations on a Comprehensive Strategic Partnership.

Areas covered by this partnership agreement include research, cybersecurity, infrastructure, trade, education, logistics, defence science, and Indo-Pacific maritime issues.

Read more in our recent media release.

Corporate Governance Review kicks off

Standards Australia has embarked on a review of the company’s Constitution and Membership Rules in consultation with cameron.ralph.khoury (CRK). The Board is committed to presenting recommendations for reform to the 2020 Annual General Meeting.

We invite you to provide feedback on the issues paper to help shape the future Constitution and Membership Rules document. Comment to CRK via email by 17 July 2020.

In conversation with Osama Ali

Standards Australia: Why and how did you get involved in standards development?
Oz: I’ve been lucky to be involved with standards in one way or another throughout most of my career. When I look back, my experience of working with and around standards, including referring to them as a design engineer, developing and conducting conformity tests, and then coordinating global compliance for an earthmoving product portfolio, has been quite formative in leading me to standards development.
In my current role, I now have an opportunity to ‘give back’ to the industry by being directly involved in a committee. Why I’m interested in standards development is not just due to the opportunity to make a difference, but also the people you meet and relationships you build. Standards development is volunteer work and I’m humbled by the dedication of the folks who help write these industry consensus documents.
SA: What is a project you’ve been particularly proud to have helped deliver?
Oz: A project that particularly stands out to me is the development of AS 5327:2019, Earth-moving Machinery Access Systems, which was a modified adoption of ISO 2867:2011.

Through an iterative process of consensus building, the working group was able to harmonise 6 often-disparate sources of guidance being used at the time in Australia into one consensus document – an exceptional example of industry collaboration. However, the journey isn’t over yet, we’re now using the work done during the development of AS 5327 to inform Australia’s position on the next revision of ISO 2867.
SA: How do standards and the work of your committee support the mining sector?
Oz: I’m very grateful to be part of a collaborative and energetic committee with broad representation from the mining sector. The committee is made up of regulators, mine operators, industry experts, equipment manufacturers, industry bodies and academia; it is fantastic to see these differing groups come together and develop documents that benefit the mining industry as a whole.
ME-063, Earthmoving Equipment, plays a critical role in defining (predominantly safety-related) standards for earthmoving equipment. Safe, efficient operation and maintenance of that equipment is critical to the competitiveness of Australia’s mining sector.
ME-063 has recently undertaken a broad-ranging portfolio refresh. We’ve removed about 60 aged standards and are now taking a three-pronged strategy of direct international adoptions, modified international adoptions where warranted, all while continuing to retain Australian benchmark standards. 
There are around 100 standards in this pipeline which will give the Australian mining sector a set of contemporary performance-based earthmoving equipment standards. I’d highly encourage folks to keep an eye on Standards Australia’s public commenting system and contribute their expertise and ideas as these earthmoving machinery standards make their way to the public comment stage.
We also understand that many Australian mining sector stakeholders don’t have subscriptions to international standards, so adopting relevant international documents for Australian purposes provides greater access to global best practice for Australian users.
SA: What is the future of standardisation?
Oz: At a committee level, COVID-19 has been a bit of an experiment on the future of standards development. Within ME-063, we’ve had some wins in using digital collaboration tools, and I believe we’ll add some of these to our toolbox even once the world returns to a ‘new normal’.
More broadly speaking, in the mining sector, Australia is a big user of earthmoving equipment meaning we have lots of experience to bring to the international table. It’s our role within ME-063 to facilitate greater Australian participation in future international standardisation activities.
Technical standardisation as an economic and social philosophy continues to make sense. We’re living through an era of rapid technological progress, and more specifically, digitalisation and automation, I believe these trends will play into the future of standardisation.
In terms of the format and style of standards, I think the long-term challenge is adapting to an environment where traditional paper standards are complemented by explanatory material, perhaps akin to how we now search for information on YouTube or Google. We also have to keep in mind that the next generation of leaders will have grown up in a world that’s always been digital. I’m sure standardisation will continue to evolve in light of some these considerations.

International update

Standards Australia represents Australia on the two major international standards development bodies, the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) and the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC). Our activities are reported on our International Updates page.

Highlights from June edition (PDF)
  • WTO report looks at standards and regulations notified by members in COVID-19 response
  • New management system standard for oil and gas published
  • Applying standards to the circular economy

Sector update

Access the latest standards development news in your industry sector via our Sectors page.

Drafts open for comment

The public comment process provides an opportunity for stakeholders and members of the public to make valuable contributions. View draft standards currently open for comment.