Could you represent consumers on a Bicycle Committee?

Expressions of interest are invited for a volunteer Consumers’ Federation of Australia (CFA) representative on a Standards Australia Technical Committee reviewing a series of bicycle and bicycle accessories standards. CFA representatives on Standards Committees are volunteers who represent the interests of consumers, in forming and revising Australian Standards.  It’s a very practical and useful way [...]

By | September 7th, 2016|Standards|0 Comments

Standards Australia and Department of Finance combine to provide greater access to technology for Australians living with a disability.

Standards Australia in conjunction with the Department of Finance, Australian Communications Consumer Action Network (ACCAN) and other stakeholders, are pleased to announce Australia will be adopting an internationally aligned standard for ICT accessibility in procurement.     Standards Australia CEO, Dr Bronwyn Evans, said that the new Australian Standard is to be used as guidance [...]

Now we’re cooking with Gas!

Gas stoves and cooktops are a common feature in Australian households, and are a fast and efficient way to cook.  While gas appliances must be certified before they can be installed in our homes, it is still wise to be aware of the potential dangers. An updated Australian/New Zealand standard has recently been published which [...]

By | August 25th, 2016|Standards|0 Comments

Standards Australia delegates attend ISO international workshop

In June 2016 Standards Australia (SA) delegates attended the ISO international workshop Global Services ISO standards as solutions which preceded ISO's COPOLCO Meeting.  Both events were held in Geneva. ISO has a strong consumer focus and believes that integrating the view of the consumer is important in standards development because it offers a real-life perspective, [...]

By | August 19th, 2016|Articles, News, Standards|0 Comments

Standards: The Australian Consumer Law Goes International

In May 2016, the Federal Government issued a consultation paper proposing that product safety standards from other countries could, in future, be mandated under the Australian Consumer Law.  This change was probably inevitable, reflecting the decline of consumer product manufacturing in Australia and the growth of on-line shopping; but what will it mean for consumers? [...]

By | August 9th, 2016|Standards|0 Comments

Recessed luminaires (downlights) – new standard improves consumer safety

CFA representative David Gray is on the Standards Australia Technical Committee EL-041 Lamps and related equipment which reviewed data obtained from incidents that occurred during the Federal Government’s Home Insulation Program, and data supplied by electrical safety regulators and industry participants in relation to thermal insulation placed over recessed luminaires.  The committee identified that updating [...]

By | August 2nd, 2016|Standards|0 Comments

Nanotechnology vocabulary standard published

Nanotechnology materials have already found their way into consumer products and impact on many technology and industry sectors. This standard is intended to facilitate communications between organizations and individuals in industry and those who interact with them by providing terms and definitions related to core terms in the field of nanotechnologies.

By | July 4th, 2016|Standards|0 Comments

Dangers of button batteries

Every week in Australia about 20 children present at hospitals after swallowing a button battery. Two children have died: in 2013 and 2015. When swallowed, small coin-sized lithium button batteries can get stuck in a child's throat and cause severe burns or death. The statistic has prompted an alliance between consumer group Choice, The Parenthood and Kidsafe Queensland, [...]

By | June 16th, 2016|Standards|0 Comments

Consumers contribute to new Environmental label standard

Doing one's bit for the environment has become a reflex for many consumers, who are attentive to the environmental impact of the products they buy. Environmental statements, symbols or graphics proliferate on products or package labels, which made it necessary to develop environmental labelling standards that take into consideration all the relevant aspects of the life-cycle of a product.

By | May 10th, 2016|Standards|0 Comments