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December Edition


Welcome to the Ai Group Standards and Regulatory Services (SRS) team's Communique for the month of December.

In November I attended Standards Australia's Council meeting along with Ian Forte of Electrolux and Steve Cummings of GWA Group. A motion was passed acknowledging the huge effort made by Standards Australia in breaking the SAI Global monopoly. The highlight of the meeting was the release of the Distribution and Licensing Policy Framework (here) that will underpin the opening up of the market for the distribution of Australian Standards. Currently SAI Global and Techstreet are the only distributors with further appointments expected. Ai Group is seeking expressions of interest from members who we can work with to approach SAI Global and Techstreet to ascertain if we can negotiate improved pricing.

Our Standards Leaders Group met on 6 November and endorsed the SRS team’s strategic plan for 2020. Activities planned include the hosting of the second Electrical Regulators and Industry Leaders forum where senior staff from regulators and industry meet to discuss long term issues such as regulatory certainty and alignment of the EESS.

Ai Group is pleased to announce the following appointments:
  • Chair - Rotating Machines Forum (RMF) – Frank Cerra, SEW Eurodrive (note that Frank has been in this role for over 10 years and we thank him for his contributions to date)
  • Chair - Electrical Vehicle Member Reference Group (EV MRG) - Ross De Rango, NHP
  • Co-Chairs - Electrical Equipment Manufacturers and Suppliers Forum (EEMSF)
    • Nick Thompson – NHP (accessories)
    • Geoff Booth – BWES (appliances)
We look forward to working with you all.

The Commonwealth Treasury provided a briefing to members on the General Safety Provision in the Consultation RIS Improving the effectiveness of the Consumer Product Safety System. There are two options proposed for a GSP: a new duty to ensure products placed on the market that are not "unsafe", or a higher threshold for what is considered "safe". Members felt the latter was too onerous and would create excessive regulatory burden on manufacturers and suppliers. Ai Group is still seeking member perspectives for our submission.

The results are in from the Standards Australia Board elections. Congratulations to Michelle Fitzgerald, Ian Oppermann and Marlene Kanga. They all bring an enormous depth and breadth of experience to the position. We wish them well.

We will resume this communique in February of 2020. For now, we wish you all a great holiday season and look forward to working with you next year.

Enjoy the read,

James Thomson
Senior Adviser Standards and Regulation


Featured Article:
From the whiteboard to the handbook: What goes into an ISO revision?
Michael McLean, Ai Group Representative on QR-008

Other news: Please scroll down for latest Committee Vacancies, Project Proposals and Upcoming Events


Current Vacancies

IT-040: ICT Accessibility
Standards Australia is reactivating the committee to adopt EN 301 549 v2.1.2, then once they receive approval, they will be adopting V3.

CS-075: Seat belts for use in motor vehicles
The committee Terms of Reference will be confirmed once the committee constitutions process is complete. Standards Australia now has an approved project proposal to revise AS/NZS 2596-2003.
Click here for previously advertised vacancies

Ai Group welcomes Matthew Thompson of Baker Hughes who has joined Committee EL-004 Electrical accessories as our representative. Matthew will also be taking up a number of observer positions on other electrical, mechanical and related committees.

Welcome back
Ai Group was pleased to renominate Rolf Offerhaus (Regional Technical Director, Asia Pacific for Ai Group member ARDEX Australia) to Standards Australia committee BD-038 (Wet Areas in Buildings). Rolf joined ARDEX in 1995 and transferred to Australia from global headquarters in 2007. He is responsible for Research and Development and the Technical Service Department for Ardex Australia. He is based in Sydney.

Ai Group would like to thank Garry Burke for his service on EL-054 (Remote Demand Management of Electrical Products). Garry was an inaugural member of the group. We appreciate his time and commitment.

Ai Group acknowledges the services of Ian Miller who has contributed to Committee EL-002 (Electrical appliances) for two decades. Ian has also retired from his employer Electrolux where he has worked for 31 years. We wish him all the best on his retirement.

We thank our committee representatives for their contribution to standards development and seek your support by:
  • submitting to us committee minutes when available; 
  • keeping the Industry calendar up to date with your (Lead Reps) committee meetings; and
  • forwarding Project Proposals requiring Ai Group approval.
Please touch base with us when:
  • establishing the Ai Group position;
  • assessing Project Proposals;
  • a negative ballot is being considered; or
  • when your circumstances change.
For further information see our Standards Committee Nominee Handbook.

To request a committee seat, please contact the Standards team.


(2019-40) Amend 5039 40 41 Security screen doors, Ai Group seeking member comment
(2019-39) Amend AS/NZS 3500 Plumbing and Drainage, Part 4 Heated water services, Ai Group opposes
(2019-38) Revise AS/NZS 3122 Travel adaptorsAi Group supports
(2019-29) Amendment of AS 1885.1 Measurement of occupational health and safety performance and related standards, Ai Group supported

Members are invited to provide comments on these proposals.
Click here for completed projects (last three months)


For all events see the Industry Calendar

December 10-11: AG-006 Committee Meeting, Canberra
December 18: WPPC CAG, Skype
December 20-January 3: Ai Group Shutdown (standards team on leave)

For further details about any of these events, please contact Ai Group's  Standards team.


Please advise us of any publications associated with your committees for inclusion in future editions.


For more information about Standards and Regulation
James Thomson – Senior Adviser, Standards and Regulation
Phone: 0428 424 202

1300 55 66 77