Standards Australia has different proposal options available to best suit your standards development requirements.

Find the appropriate proposal form for your needs below, or check out When to Submit for Project Prioritisation Round dates.

Getting Started


Type of Proposal


1 Revision of an existing standard Proposal Form - Standards Development Projects
2 Creation of an entirely new standard Proposal Form - Standards Development Projects
3 Proposing Australian participation in an international standards committee Proposal Form - International Participation
4 Identical adoption of an international standard Proposal Form - Identical Adoption
5 Modified adoption of an international standard for the Australian context Proposal Form - Standards Development Projects
Stakeholder Engagement Managers can provide guidance and advice regarding the requirements and completion of a proposal form. They can also provide information on work underway in your sector of interest and the various pathways for development.

Preparing Your Proposal

All projects are selected based on four key criteria:

  1. Net benefit case
  2. Well-defined scope of work
  3. Stakeholder consultation and support
  4. The availability of Standards Australia resources

For assistance in understanding the process, please read the SA Guide to Project Prioritisation Criteria and Process or watch this video:

Preparing a proposal for new and amended standards


Standards Australia operates for the net benefit of the Australian community. To ensure that we focus on the right projects for the net benefit of the Australian community, we have a very robust proposal assessment process.

Any proposal to update, amend or revise an Australian Standard needs to be done using the proposal form, which can be found on our website.

Proposals require four key criteria: the first one is need for the work; the second one relates to scope; the third one relates to net benefit; and the fourth one is about stakeholder support.

The first thing is the need for the work, so what are you trying to address as part of your project proposal. You should think about who's affected by the problem, which could include community organisations, government or individuals. You should ask yourself what is the consequence of no action?

The second item relates to scope. Here you are not writing "revise the standard" – it needs to be a lot more specific. You need to refer to the specific intent of the changes you are proposing to deal with the problem. This can have inclusions and exclusions – essentially you're describing the change from the status quo.

Third is the net benefit, so what we want to know is why your proposal is a good thing. What you should consider is both the positive and negative impacts to the different interest groups. You should draw upon the problem that you've stated in your proposal. Also please quantify where possible.

Last but not least we have stakeholder support. This is where you need to consult broadly with a wide range of stakeholder interest categories – anyone that might be affected by, or have an impact on, the standard. This allows for direct feedback and it also helps you to see whether your proposal needs to be changed in any way.

Any relevant stakeholders can include industry, academics, government, manufacturers, consumers or any interested parties in your proposal.

You need to submit the evidence of this stakeholder support, in the form of letters or emails along with your proposal.

Once you've completed the four sections of the proposal you should engage with the relevant national sector manager – their contact details can be found on our website.

Your national sector manager can actually review your proposal, ensure that you've actually met all the key criteria and offer any feedback or guidance on your proposal.

Once your proposal has been finalised and submitted it will be considered by the Standards Development and Accreditation Committee. It is important that you submit a thorough proposal because they will be considering the criteria that we've just discussed.

Now remember to contact a National Sector Manager as early as possible because it can take months for a really robust proposal to be developed.

And remember you've got resources available on our website, you've got our National Sector Manager team and we look forward to working with you.

03 Feb 2017

Project Funding

The two main standards development pathways are:
1. Resourced through Standards Australia
This option makes use of our resources, expertise and infrastructure to develop standards. Stakeholders are required to commit and actively contribute to projects over a set period of time.
2. Externally Funded
Stakeholders can access customised solutions, greater resourcing choices, and accelerated project timeframes through the externally funded pathway. Project proposals must meet the same net benefit and stakeholder support requirements. The funding entity is not given any preferential consideration in relation to the technical content or the outcome of the standard.
Read our Standards Development Pathways Guide for more information.

When to Submit

Project Prioritisation

From January 2019, Standards Australia will accept all types of proposals at any time throughout the year.
Proposals that meet all key quality criteria will be assessed and resourced on a monthly basis.
Further details will be announced prior to January 2019.

Assistance and Support

For further information or if you have any queries, contact a Stakeholder Engagement Manager.