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Standards Australia wins right to move beyond exclusive distribution arrangements with SAI Global

February 7, 2019

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In late December 2018, an independent arbitration determined that any extended distribution agreement with SAI Global will be non-exclusive.  This means that Standards Australia can now take steps to move beyond the exclusive distribution arrangements that have been in place with SAI Global since 2003.

A process is continuing in relation to how the arbitrator's decision will be implemented. Standards Australia is committed to getting to the end of this process as quickly as it can, sometime later this year.

In the meantime, Australian Standards® will continue to be distributed through SAI Global.

Richard Brooks, Standards Australia’s Chairman, said the arbitration decision was an exciting step towards delivering greater value and improving access to Australian Standards®, while building capability and external partnerships to deliver new methods of distribution to end users.

“Standards Australia has been aiming to make Australian communities safer, help our economy grow and connect our nation to the world for almost 100 years,” Mr Brooks said.

“Improving every aspect of our work – from how we connect with contributors, to how we foster innovation and how we distribute our content has been a major part of our agenda.”

“However, as the world of publishing changes, we must also change to continue our strong, positive contribution to the community and empower those who use our content.”

Standards Australia is exploring additional distribution channels as the first stage of its transition.

The second stage of transition will start with an open process of consultation with stakeholders to understand how the current and future distribution models can deliver easier access for those who use Standards Australia’s content.

Bronwyn Evans, Standards Australia’s Chief Executive Officer emphasised the importance of stakeholder engagement as part of the transition.

“Operating an open and transparent process is our core business. This is an opportunity to design a Standards Australia of the future that relies on all interested stakeholders, whose support and contribution will be vital in the improvement and innovation in the distribution of Australian Standards®,” Dr Evans said.

“We strongly believe we can deliver better solutions by working together.”

Standards Australia will be providing details on its consultation over the coming months.


Contact
Adam Stingemore
Standards Australia wins right to move beyond exclusive distribution arrangements with SAI Global
+61 2 9237 6086
Email and link here

In late December 2018, an independent arbitration determined that any extended distribution agreement with SAI Global will be non-exclusive.  This means that Standards Australia can now take steps to move beyond the exclusive distribution arrangements that have been in place with SAI Global since 2003.

A process is continuing in relation to how the arbitrator's decision will be implemented. Standards Australia is committed to getting to the end of this process as quickly as it can, sometime later this year.

In the meantime, Australian Standards® will continue to be distributed through SAI Global.

Richard Brooks, Standards Australia’s Chairman, said the arbitration decision was an exciting step towards delivering greater value and improving access to Australian Standards®, while building capability and external partnerships to deliver new methods of distribution to end users.

“Standards Australia has been aiming to make Australian communities safer, help our economy grow and connect our nation to the world for almost 100 years,” Mr Brooks said.

“Improving every aspect of our work – from how we connect with contributors, to how we foster innovation and how we distribute our content has been a major part of our agenda.”

“However, as the world of publishing changes, we must also change to continue our strong, positive contribution to the community and empower those who use our content.”

Standards Australia is exploring additional distribution channels as the first stage of its transition.

The second stage of transition will start with an open process of consultation with stakeholders to understand how the current and future distribution models can deliver easier access for those who use Standards Australia’s content.

Bronwyn Evans, Standards Australia’s Chief Executive Officer emphasised the importance of stakeholder engagement as part of the transition.

“Operating an open and transparent process is our core business. This is an opportunity to design a Standards Australia of the future that relies on all interested stakeholders, whose support and contribution will be vital in the improvement and innovation in the distribution of Australian Standards®,” Dr Evans said.

“We strongly believe we can deliver better solutions by working together.”

Standards Australia will be providing details on its consultation over the coming months.


Contact
Adam Stingemore
General Manager, Engagement and Communications
+61 2 9237 6086
adam.stingemore@standards.org.au
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