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World Standards Day is held on 14 October each year and has been recognised worldwide since 1970; it raises awareness and recognises the achievements and efforts of the thousands of experts who share their know-how and expertise in voluntary international standards setting. Australian consumers can be assured that the products and systems they use are safe and reliable thanks to an objective, rigorous set of standards.

Read More Standards build trust – World Standards Day – 14 October 2016

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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…

Read More Could you represent consumers on a Bicycle Committee?

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…

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

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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…

Read More Now we’re cooking with Gas!

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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,…

Read More Standards Australia delegates attend ISO international workshop

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?…

Read More Standards: The Australian Consumer Law Goes International

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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…

Read More Recessed luminaires (downlights) – new standard improves consumer safety