CEO Report

The future has begun

ISO Week was hosted by the British Standards Institution (BSI) as a virtual event with the theme of The Future Has Begun. The ISO Committee on developing country matters (DEVCO) met on 16-17 September to discuss topics like digitalisation, engaging with the next generation and the role of standards in supporting regulation. The General Assembly (GA), made up of all ISO members, met from 22-24 September. In addition to governance updates and election results, members discussed topics like innovation, diversity and inclusion, and climate and governance. The GA approved the London Declaration, outlining the ISO community’s climate commitment in support of the Paris Agreement and the broader UN Sustainable Development Goals. ISO Council and TMB also met alongside the GA meetings. An update from the TMB sessions will be provided in October’s update.

Standards Australia lights the way

Driving standardisation in road signs

Prefab Conference

During September we were a premium partner of the prefabAUS  2021 virtual conference: Merging to Mainstream | Offsite: Building blocks for a sustainable future.
The virtual event was a great success with attendees hearing about industry change, research and innovation. Thank you to prefab, the attending speakers and hosts for putting together such informative sessions. We’re looking forward to next year’s conference, remaining connected with the industry and continuing to help facilitate sharing valuable insights from respected industry professionals Australia and overseas.  

In Conversation with Peter Jones

Aged Standards open for consultation

To keep our catalogue contemporary and relevant, we will be seeking feedback on a number of Aged Standards (documents over ten years old), belonging to inactive Technical Committees. 

A list of these aged documents will be released from 15 October 2021 until 17 December 2021 and will be available on our Aged Standards Review page.  

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. 

Click here to view our highlights from September (PDF)  

  • Guidance on effective virtual and hybrid meetings 
  • Small hydropower plants (SHP plants): New Field of Technical Activity 
  • IEC efforts to curb e-waste 

IEC 1906 Awards

The IEC 1906 Award was established in commemoration of the foundation of the IEC. It honours technical experts around the world whose work is fundamental to the IEC.  

A total of 207 experts from 67 TCs (ISO/IEC JTC 1 included), originating from 24 National Committees, have been nominated to receive this year’s IEC 1906 Award, which recognises exceptional recent achievements contributing in a significant way to advancing the work of the IEC. Two Australian standards experts were nominated this year. 

Congratulations to: 

Mr David Dart – Expert of the IEC Technical Committee 17, High-voltage switchgear and controlgear. 

Mr Alex Baitch – Expert of the IEC Technical Committee 99, Insulation coordination and system engineering of high voltage electrical power installations above 1,0 kV AC and 1,5 kV DC.   

You can find out more about the awards on the IEC website.  

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.


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