CEO report

— Adrian O'Connell, Chief Executive

Sunscreen standard updated

Cross sectoral step innovating Australia’s economy

Respiratory protective equipment

Domestic manufacture and supply of critical personal protective equipment (PPE) has been a key focus for industry and health stakeholders during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Standards Australia technical committees have worked hard to review recently published international standards, adopting several for Australian use, notably in regard to respiratory devices.
Until all relevant international standards are considered, AS/NZS 1716:2012, Respiratory protective devices, will remain current, unless expressly specified by a regulatory or legislative requirement. Relevant technical committees will then work with stakeholders to decide on an appropriate transition period.
Read more in our recent statement.

Digital Trade Standards update

For the third consecutive year, Standards Australia is partnering with the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT), the Australian APEC Study Centre at RMIT University, and Access Partnership to deliver a four-part workshop on Digital Trade Standards. This initiative aims to expand bilateral connections by working with the national standards bodies and stakeholders of all ten ASEAN member states.

The workshops will provide guidance on focused topics through expert guest speakers and practical coursework.
Learn more about our work in this space on the ASEAN-Australia Digital Trade page.

The road ahead for electric vehicles

Revised fraud and corruption control standard

NEXTgen 2021–22: Application deadline extended

The value of Australian Standards: six-month check-in

Launching soon: My SA Profile

My SA Profile is our new user management and login system, putting users in control of their Standards Australia account information.

At launch, it will become the way to login to services including Connect, Public Comment Management System, Committee Workspace and Standards Academy. To access these services, users will need to reset their password.

To stay up to date, see the My SA Profile page on our website.

Former CEO included on Queen’s Birthday Honours list

In Conversation with Enzo Alfonsetti

Standards Australia (SA): When did you first become involved in standards development?
Enzo (EA): I first became involved in standards development during my career in manufacturing in the late 1980s

SA: How do standards impact and interact with your industry?
EA: Standards form the foundation by which Energy Safe Victoria is able to regulate gas safety in Victoria through its legislation.

SA: Why are accessible standards important?
EA: Standards accessibility is important. The cost of standards for practitioners has been and still is an area of concern. It is important that business models are developed that will incentivise practitioners to purchase standards.

SA: What is the future of standardisation in your area of work?
EA: The development of gas standards to facilitate a hydrogen economy in order to reach the goal of net zero emissions by 2050.

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 (PDF)
  1. Update from June 2021 TMB Meeting
  2. Guidelines for the promotion and implementation of gender equality: New Work Item Proposal
  3. IEC Academy Webinars

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. With the launch of our new public comment platform, draft standards currently open for comment are now available via Connect.