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Plan and preparation: COVID-19

March 13, 2020

Statements

Given the unfolding situation relating to COVID-19 (Coronavirus) in Australia and across the world, we wanted to provide you with an update about the measures we are taking at Standards Australia.  Our first priority is the wellbeing of staff and our wider Standards Australia community.  Our second priority is to ensure business continuity in our role as Australia’s national standards body as we navigate restrictions and healthy working practices.

We have been closely monitoring the recommendations made by the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Australian Government.  Given widespread concerns regarding this virus and that the situation has been rapidly evolving, we are implementing some restrictions and social distancing measures in order to ensure the safety of our community.

Australian delegates attending international meetings

As noted above, ISO has taken the lead by cancelling face to face meetings and exploring different ways of working.  In the event you were scheduled to attend either an ISO or IEC meeting please contact international.participation@standards.org.au. Our team will be able to give you details of what to do specific to your situation.Given the fluidity of the situation, Standards Australia is not considering international travel approvals for physical attendance at meetings until there is greater clarity regarding the resumption of physical meetings.  However, we will be processing approvals for remote attendance at ISO and IEC meetings. We will continue to review this position and provide advice as appropriate.

National committee meetings, forums and training being held at SA or alternative venues

At the date of this communication, Standards Australia has decided not to cancel scheduled physical meetings of Australian technical committees and related working groups etc.  However, this matter is under active consideration and we will advise immediately of any decision to move to virtual e-meetings only. If you are due to attend a national committee meeting and are unwell, we would appreciate your support in asking our team to make remote meeting attendance available.

Other specific things we’re doing right now

We are enforcing the Australian Government’s recommendations for our own staff while also monitoring their health and asking them to follow government health instructions if there are any areas of doubt.In addition, we have decided that there will be no international travel for our staff until further notice and are minimising domestic travel as much as possible.


How are we planning for the coming days, weeks and months?

Our scheduled international meetings will be held online.  We will continue to work closely with ISO and IEC to facilitate remote/online meetings. We are asking ISO and IEC to take account of time zones and to accommodate Australian attendance when scheduling meetings. Our staff are equipped to work remotely in order to ensure our ongoing operations and we will provide updates on business continuity measures as they evolve.

Ongoing safety focus

We will continue to provide updates to you as appropriate. Our approach is to manage the situation in a balanced, calm and measured way, and when required act swiftly and communicate clearly.Please do not hesitate to get in touch through the contacts below if you would like to discuss any of the above or require further clarification.

- Adrian O’Connell, Chief Executive

Contact
Plan and preparation: COVID-19
Email and link here

Given the unfolding situation relating to COVID-19 (Coronavirus) in Australia and across the world, we wanted to provide you with an update about the measures we are taking at Standards Australia.  Our first priority is the wellbeing of staff and our wider Standards Australia community.  Our second priority is to ensure business continuity in our role as Australia’s national standards body as we navigate restrictions and healthy working practices.

We have been closely monitoring the recommendations made by the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Australian Government.  Given widespread concerns regarding this virus and that the situation has been rapidly evolving, we are implementing some restrictions and social distancing measures in order to ensure the safety of our community.

Australian delegates attending international meetings

As noted above, ISO has taken the lead by cancelling face to face meetings and exploring different ways of working.  In the event you were scheduled to attend either an ISO or IEC meeting please contact international.participation@standards.org.au. Our team will be able to give you details of what to do specific to your situation.Given the fluidity of the situation, Standards Australia is not considering international travel approvals for physical attendance at meetings until there is greater clarity regarding the resumption of physical meetings.  However, we will be processing approvals for remote attendance at ISO and IEC meetings. We will continue to review this position and provide advice as appropriate.

National committee meetings, forums and training being held at SA or alternative venues

At the date of this communication, Standards Australia has decided not to cancel scheduled physical meetings of Australian technical committees and related working groups etc.  However, this matter is under active consideration and we will advise immediately of any decision to move to virtual e-meetings only. If you are due to attend a national committee meeting and are unwell, we would appreciate your support in asking our team to make remote meeting attendance available.

Other specific things we’re doing right now

We are enforcing the Australian Government’s recommendations for our own staff while also monitoring their health and asking them to follow government health instructions if there are any areas of doubt.In addition, we have decided that there will be no international travel for our staff until further notice and are minimising domestic travel as much as possible.


How are we planning for the coming days, weeks and months?

Our scheduled international meetings will be held online.  We will continue to work closely with ISO and IEC to facilitate remote/online meetings. We are asking ISO and IEC to take account of time zones and to accommodate Australian attendance when scheduling meetings. Our staff are equipped to work remotely in order to ensure our ongoing operations and we will provide updates on business continuity measures as they evolve.

Ongoing safety focus

We will continue to provide updates to you as appropriate. Our approach is to manage the situation in a balanced, calm and measured way, and when required act swiftly and communicate clearly.Please do not hesitate to get in touch through the contacts below if you would like to discuss any of the above or require further clarification.

- Adrian O’Connell, Chief Executive

Contact
Adam Stingemore
General Manager, Engagement and Communications
+61 2 9237 6086
Chris Larsen
Senior Manager Communications & Design
+ 0431 900 712
Jess Dunne
Communications Manager
+ 61 2 9237 6381