How many Australian standards are there?

Standards Australia maintains more than 5,000 Australian Standards® and associated publications, all available in a variety of formats from the traditional printed book, through to advanced online subscription services.

What are the mandatory Australian Standards?

The purpose of a mandatory standard is to make particular safety or information features on products compulsory for legal supply of the product into the Australian market. It is an offence to supply goods that do not comply with mandatory standards.

How much are Australian Standards?

Since 2003 Standards Australia has given exclusive publishing rights to SAI Global. SAI Global then holds its own agreement with nine participating libraries around Australia, giving each library online access to standards at an annual cost of $14,000.

How do I find Australian Standards?

Search for a Standard

  1. Standards Store. 1800 035 822 (toll free within Australia) +61 2 9237 6171 (outside Australia)
  2. Techstreet. 1800 845 140 (toll free within Australia) +61 2 9161 7799 (outside Australia) …
  3. SAI Global Store. 131 242 (within Australia) +61 2 8206 6010 (outside Australia)

Do you have to buy Australian Standards?

Standards and the Law

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On their own, standards are voluntary. There is no requirement for the public to comply with standards. However, State and Commonwealth governments often refer to Australian Standards® (AS) or joint Australian/New Zealand Standards (AS/NZS) in their legislation.

What do Standards Australia do?

Australian standards set out specifications and design procedures to ensure products and services consistently perform safely, reliably, and the way they’re intended to. There are 2 types of standards, mandatory and voluntary.

Are Australian standards enforceable?

Australian Standards are only legally enforceable when they are incorporated by the legislature into legislation. It is very commonplace for standards to be incorporated into the law.

What are Australian standards and standards?

Standards are voluntary documents which are developed by consensus. While Australian Standards are not legal documents, many are adopted into Commonwealth, state or territory legislation and become mandatory. Standards are also often incorporated into legal contracts.

How can I get free Australian standards?

Accessing Australian Standards Online

  1. Go to Federation University Library at
  2. Select the Databases tab and Search by database A-Z list.
  3. Enter title search terms “Australian Standards Online” in the Find databases box or.
  4. Click on “A” and scroll down to the Australian Standards Online database link.

Why are Australian standards so expensive?

Given that Standards are a required tool for business, that they are important to workers health and safety, and that their development is aided by extensive voluntary input……why are they so expensive? Ultimately, it comes to down to a contract signed 15 years ago.

What are Australian New Zealand standards?

Australian Standards and Australian/New Zealand Standards (the standards) are developed by an independent organisation called Standards Australia. It prepares and publishes voluntary technical and commercial standards which are sometimes adopted by occupational safety and health regulations.

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What are as NZ standards?

AS/NZ Standards

Specifies requirements for the design, selection, construction and installation of fixed platforms, walkways, stairways and ladders that are intended to provide safe access to places used by operating, inspection, maintenance and servicing personnel.

Who owns SAI Global?

Anyone can propose a new or revised standard. Proposals are approved based on their net benefit case, the scope of work, demonstrated stakeholder support and available resources. Please refer to Submitting a Proposal to learn more.

What is the difference between a code of practice and a standard Australia?

Codes are generally accepted sets of rules that tell you what you need to do. Standards provide the “how to” of executing codes. … Regulations, which can incorporate codes and standards, are mandated by a government body and required, by law, to be complied with.