Members of the 2017-2018 Young Leaders Program

(Left to right) Back Row: Daniel Bisiker, Erin Duff, Lauren Meldrum, Andrew McLaughlin, Katina Chambers, Colin Sheldon, Shaun Crane

Middle row: Julia Vogrig, Paul Medwell, Niki Agostino, Tram Lam, Kathryn Gamble, Jennifer Gannon, Anup Shrestha

Front row: Owen Palmer, George Freeman, Ali Hadigheh, Matthew Moore, Chanaka Abeysinghe
Missing: Rachel Scott

What is the Young Leaders Program?

Standards Australia’s Young Leaders Program selects emerging industry and technical experts and provides them with an exciting opportunity to become involved in the national and international standardisation processes supporting Australian industry and government.
Through the program, participants will access training and gain direct exposure to the standards development process and context. They will attend and participate in webinars, meetings, and professional development activities. Emerging leaders will share knowledge and collaborate, developing a deep understanding of what it takes to shape robust standards that contribute net benefit to the Australian community. Participants will create a valuable network of key Australian stakeholders and peers across industry sectors.

The goal of the program is to support the future of standards development through investing in the next generation of standards leaders and experts. Program participants gain the necessary skills to further increase their involvement in standardisation and contribute to the development of important standards in their field.

What can you gain from the program?

The program’s learning outcomes include:

  • An in-depth understanding of the standardisation process
  • Developing the necessary skills to be an effective technical committee member
  • Identifying professional development opportunities
  • Hearing from nominating organisations and establishing networks
  • Joining the accomplished community of Young Leaders program alumni

Will travel be subsidised?

Subsidies are available for interstate and NSW travel.

How are Young Leaders selected?

To be eligible, applicants should:

  • Be under 40 years old
  • Have an active interest in standardisation. This can be demonstrated, for example, by participating in standards development or working for an organisation that actively uses standards.
  • Be able to attend all scheduled events. (An example of the program schedule is below)
  • Be able to attend up a minimum three Standards meetings (Technical or Governance)
  • Be committed for the duration of the program, with a view to continued involvement in Standardisation.

To apply for the program, please provide:

  • A personal statement demonstrating the above criteria. This should include a short list of Standards Australia committees or projects of interest to you (click here for our current projects)
  • Your CV/Resume, demonstrating technical expertise in your field
  • A written reference from your employer, stating their support for your application

Completed applications can be submitted via email to

Young Leaders Program Schedule

July - August 2017 Complete eLearning tutorials on ‘The World of Standards’
​8 & 9 August 2017
Full day

Program Induction (face-to-face)

  • Goal setting for your Standards career
  • Welcome to the World of Standards interactive workshop
  • Participating in committees: The essentials interactive workshop
  • ‘How to write an Australian Standard®’ workshop
  • Meet your Standards Australia staff mentor
October 2017
45 minutes
Project Proposal development (webinar)
7 ​November 2017
Full day

Networking and Nominating Organisations (face-to-face)

  • Interactive networking workshops
  • Nominating Organisation representatives Panel
February 2018
45 minutes
Understanding international standards development and deliverables (webinar)
4 April 2018
Full day​

Program Review and Wrap-up

  • Face of Standards Information Session
  • Goal review & planning for future participation
  • Standards Australia Innovation Incubator - Interactive workshop
  • Award presentation & Cocktail function