CEO Report: 2018 AGM and Council Meeting

—Dr Bronwyn Evans, CEO

In Conversation with John Walter

Changes to our Proposal Process

As part of our commitment to a more streamlined process, from January 2019 Standards Australia will accept proposals at any time, as opposed to the current 6 monthly intake for new or revised standards. This includes proposals for:
  • The development of a new standard
  • The revision of an existing standard
  • Australian participation in an international standards committee
  • The identical or modified adoption of an international standard
Proposals that meet all key quality criteria will be assessed and resourced on a monthly basis.
If you have any questions, please email us at


Digital Standards Pilot for AS/NZS 3500.2:2018

Aged Standards open for consultation

We are seeking feedback on a number of Aged Standards (documents over ten years old) to keep our catalogue contemporary and relevant. Let us know if these standards are still used by your industry or community by Monday 21 January 2019.

Learn more on our Aged Standards Review page.


Launch of NEXTgen Leaders – a new avenue for emerging experts

New standard to help minimise risks at trampoline parks

International guidance on managing risk published

New International Standards to increase driver safety

Supporting the integrity of the Australian supply chain

Updated guidance on integrated management system standards

The number of management systems has risen dramatically in recent years, reflecting the needs and demands of more and more organisations looking to improve their performance across a wide range of areas and sectors. Under Australian leadership, ISO’s useful guide The Integrated Use of Management System Standards has just been updated.

Learn more on the ISO website.

International Update

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.

SDO News

Stakeholder feedback on the Fish Names standard

The FRDC Fish Names Committee has been established to undertake the maintenance and continuous improvement of the Australian Fish Names Standard AS 5300. The committee is seeking input from stakeholders about the Australian Fish Names Standard and the associated processes.

Please submit your feedback in this survey by 30 November 2018. For further information, please contact the FNC Project Manager at or on 0418 199 516.

SDO News

AS 4708 revision in 5-yearly Responsible Wood review

Responsible Wood has commenced the five-yearly review of AS 4708, which specifies the requirements for sustainable forest management. In conjunction with Standards New Zealand, interested stakeholders are invited to nominate candidates for the AS/NZS 4708 standards reference committee and working groups.

Currently the Public Governance, Performance and Accountability Act 2013 states that all relevant entities must procure timber, timber-based and paper-based products in accordance with AS 4707, Chain of Custody for Forest Products, and AS 4708, Sustainable Forest Management. To support stakeholders, Responsible Wood has also developed a fact sheet, “The Australian Standards and Federal Procurement Rules” (PDF).