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The Standards Australia NEXTgen 2021-22 Program selects emerging industry and technical experts and provides them with an exciting opportunity to become involved in the national and international standardisation processes developing important standards of benefit to the Australian community.  The goal of the program is to support the future of standards development through investing in the next generation of…

Read More Get involved in the development of Australian standards with NEXTgen 2021-22 programs

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The Morrison Government is supporting businesses to innovate, grow and minimise compliance costs while maintaining stringent safety standards for consumer products and related services. The Government in consultation with Consumer Ministers will look to develop amendments to the Australian Consumer Law (ACL) and associated legislation which would allow the adoption of trusted overseas product safety…

Read More Adopting Trusted Overseas Product Safety Standards

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Electricity is something we all use every day and take for granted. But according to Safe Work Australia risk of death or injury from electricity is strongly linked to where and how it is used. Consumers Federation of Australia (CFA) supports representatives to Standards Australia Technical Committees working on the development of electrical energy standards and ensuring the consumer…

Read More Safety and electricity

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The United Nations encourages worldwide awareness and action to protect our environment. Consumers’ Federation of Australia (CFA) has identified the environmental impact of services and products as a priority for participation on Standards Australia Technical Committees as part of the CFA Standards Project.  CFA representatives are involved in standards development on Biodiversity and other environmental issues such as  Environmental Management,…

Read More World Environment Day – 5th June 2021

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Wireless networks have enabled the Internet of Things (IoT) to connect the billions of physical devices around the world to the internet, enabling them to communicate real-time data without involving a human being.  Consumers Federation of Australia is supporting a representative to participate on the Standards Australia Technical Committee on IoT, to bring the consumer perspective to…

Read More Confused about IoT terminology?

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Consumers’ Federation of Australia (CFA) depends on the volunteers who represent CFA on Standards Australia Technical Committees as part of the CFA Standards Project and on a range of Government and Industry bodies. During National Volunteer Week, CFA acknowledges their contribution and thanks them for their commitment and hard work in supporting the interests of consumers. The theme for…

Read More National Volunteer Week

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Involved in any building works? The National Construction Code (NCC) sets out the minimum requirements and provides uniform technical standards for design and construction of new building work (including in existing buildings), plumbing and drainage across all Australian States and Territories. A FREE copy of the NCC is available here. NCC Volume 2 contains the requirements for residential and non-habitable…

Read More Involved in building works – What does the National Construction Code mean?

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Most plastics are made to be used once before being discarded and consumer awareness of the plastics crisis is growing around the world. On average, Australians use 130 kg of plastic per person each year and up to 130,000 tonnes of plastic will find its way into our waterways and into the ocean. The good news is…

Read More World Consumer Rights Day (15 March 2021) ‘Tackling Plastic Pollution’

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The Australia New Zealand Food Standards Code has been amended to introduce new requirements for the labelling of allergens in food. The changes will make allergen information on food labels clearer and more consistent for consumers by requiring simple, plain English allergen declarations in a specific format and location on food labels. The key features…

Read More New requirements for labelling of allergens on packaged foods