Standards ensure that Australian products and services are competitive on the world stage. As. Australia's peak Standards body, Standards Australia aims to. N.B. Not all Standards are free, the PDF versions of Australian, BSI, ETSI and IEC Standards listed on the promotional pages are free. A limited range of. All Australian Standards (AS). • Joint Australia / New Zealand (AS/NZS) You can also download PDF and hardcopy standards at a discounted rate of 20% off.
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Free onsite and offsite access to Australian standards online, is being made available via membership of the National Library of Australia and. Standards and how they interact with the Work Health and Safety (WHS) Act A list of all Australian Standards referenced in the WHS Act and Regulations is. Concrete Institute of Australia (CIA) to provide a comprehensive standards You can also download PDF and hardcopy standards at a discounted rate of 20%.
Despite the lack of fair use provisions in Australia, it is still easy to avoid unwitting copyright violations by following these simple rules:.
The cost of downloading all the standards a solar business is likely to require can quickly add up.
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The Clean Energy Council lists 8 relevant standards for solar installers and clearly states:. Some of the standards on the Clean Energy Council list have been superseded and the final standard on their list has two parts, so I have put an updated version of their list below, along with the price of a single hard copy:.
Australian Standards should be free to download. The reason why they should be free is because the easier standards are to obtain the more they will be used and this provides a number of advantages:. The neat thing about making standards free is we get all the above benefits at no extra cost to the country.
Money will still be required to develop standards.
But if the government funds their development as a public good, then the overall cost to the country will remain the same. Luckily for my plan, we have a federal government that loves reducing costs for businesses. Because of this, I think providing funding for free Australian Standards to anyone in the world who wants them will be right up their alley.
Unfortunately, most politicians are far too busy performing the vital task of slagging each other off in the popular press to have time to develop good policy. Please feel free to copy the following form letter and send it to your local Member of Parliament. Just change the example names in italics to those of your Minister or yourself where appropriate:. I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed: I have a dream that from the red heartland of the outback to the cosmopolitan cities of the coast; workers, employees, and students will be able to sit down together at the table of free Australian Standards for all.
I have a dream that one day Australians will live in a country where they are judged not by the standards they can afford to download, but by the content of their browser histories. Mr or Ms McParliamentface, tear down this wall of inefficiency that charging for Australian standards imposes on business and let a thousand businesses bloom! Many years ago now, Ronald Brakels was born in Toowoomba. He first rose to international prominence when his township took up a collection to send him to Japan, which was the furthest they could manage with the money they raised.
He became passionately interested in environmental matters upon his return to Australia when the local Mayor met him at the airport and explained it was far too dangerous for him to return to Toowoomba on account of climate change and mutant attack goats. Ronald then moved to a property in the Adelaide Hills where he now lives with his horse, Tonto I totally agree with you.
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I have already sent a message to the PM. Go straight to the top! I have designed some units for persons with a disability: In a previous phase of my life, I worked in an industry which required regular downloading of these expensive Standards. This reduces the number of copies sold by SA, and defeats the object of having Standards Australia pay its own way.
My view has always been: At present, these cost an excessive amount. I recently needed copies of standards to check compliance for some home units I am building as part of my Superannuation.
I was reading an article on the blog, which I totally agree with.
I am a retired Biomedical Technician so have worked with various Australian Standards all my life. Even now I occasionally need to refer to a Standard such as when I recently had a Solar installation: I have been involved with developing standards, so know most of the cost is in Standard preparation, which is mostly covered by the group developing the standard.
This could be an easy win for your government. I think you would be applauded for making Standards free to access on-line, then only a fee for hard-copy or printable pdfs. You should also be able to copy relevant pages to a limited extent when accessing the free on-line access.
That company is SAI Global. That means that presently Standards Australia which is a non-profit organisation develops the standards and SAI Global manages the publishing once they are ready for same and profits in a quasi-monopoly situation.
In recent reviews, Standards Australia has realised the error of that historical decision and is now tiptoeing through the minefield that is trying to undo this situation. Hopefully they will succeed. But getting rid of SAI Global from the picture is an essential first step.
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Contact your state library or national library of Australia and see if they can negotiate a solution which might trickle down to the local public library and access. No, the problem is that they exist.
As a small country this nonsense is regulatory madness. Regulations are taxes. Close the entire operation and make a bonfire of them, the papers also then switch to using a combination of US and EU standards as best suits our situation. They can pay the pencil heads to write this stuff. I have worked on standards development committees technical committees for many years and so have some not inconsequential understanding of it but am by know means the fount of knowledge on the subject.
This is not wise. In many cases adopting those foreign standards here would lead to some combination of poor performance, safety hazard and unnecessarily high product cost. Thus a great proportion of Australian standards are very closely aligned with international standards anyway.
The key issue in the original article of one of costs of access to Australian standards, and I assure you that this is due to the very poor historical decision by Standards Australia to spin off the publication of standards to a for-profit business SAI Global. Work is underway to undo that disastrous decision as a first step in dealing with the issues of cost-effective access to standards.
In any case, it is a case of simple logic to me that ANY standard called up by legislation in Australia should be FREE to any Australian, because that standard is in effect an extension of the legislation and no Australian citizen should have to pay to access the legal requirements that apply to them.
The concept of writing laws then keeping them behind a pay-wall is ludicrous and needs to change. I think the matter should be tested in the Supreme Court.
I have high hopes the argument would win quite conclusively. I had a set of stairs built for me recently. Without free access to the standards, how do i know if my new stairs comply? SAI Global is a company listed on the stock exchange — not a government entity. It is set up to make a profit.
The Australian Standards are sold by SAI Global, a publishing house which was apparently created as a private company to market the standards, splitting off the delivery from the production part of the business. SAI Global have an agreement to market the standards which expires this year but there is an option to renew for another 5 years.
No one seems to know how the option works and the details have not been made public. The standards used to be available at state libraries and the national library but SAI were screwing over the libraries too. Great idea and well articulated. Lets put this as a petition in perhaps change. Or it will get lost by the new govt. Agree with the above comment and think it could be a good idea to put it in a change. Notify me of follow-up comments by email.
Notify me of new posts by email. RSS - Posts. We respect your privacy and you can opt out from the newsletter at any time. Solar Quotes Blog. Enter your postcode now. January 11, T They are based on sound industrial, scientific and consumer experience and are regularly reviewed to ensure they keep pace with new technologies.
They cover everything from consumer products and services, construction, engineering, business, information technology, human services to energy and water utilities, the environment and much more. This is often the case where safety is an issue. It seems like a hassle, but it is important because only chips should be crispy, not people. This is totally a parody. Australian Standards Are Expensive You might think the electrical wiring rules would be free in order to encourage people to always refer to them when doing electrical work, as they are vital for safety.
Standards Can Be Superseded downloading a standard is not a one off expense.
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Old standards can be superseded by new ones which will need to be downloadd. The more rapidly technology and techniques change in a area the less likely standards will last for long.
So someone working in solar installation can expect to have to download an updated standard at least every few years. If people started making copies willy-nilly things would fall apart, the center would not hold, and anarchy would be loosed upon the world. Cats and dogs would get married and have kittuppies and horses would ride each other. Australian copyright law has Fair Dealing provisions.
Despite the lack of fair use provisions in Australia, it is still easy to avoid unwitting copyright violations by following these simple rules: 1. Never copy anything verbatim. Clearly you need to pull your socks up on this last point. Every employee will have easy access to any standard they need without restriction.
This will improve efficiency as no one will ever have to do without because their boss was either stingy or poor.
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There will be safety and efficiency benefits as the number of up to date standards in use increases. Being able to freely study standards benefits education and training.
Overseas suppliers will be more likely to access Australian Standards and provide products and services that meet our requirements.
This is likely to increase overseas demand for Australian products and expertise in the future.This could be why none of my ex-wives has ever wanted to marry me again. Disclaimer The views and opinions expressed in this publication are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect those of the Australian Government or the Minister for the Environment. The competency standards replace the Australian competency standards for new graduate occupational therapists previously developed by Occupational Therapy Australia.
Close the entire operation and make a bonfire of them, the papers also then switch to using a combination of US and EU standards as best suits our situation. I would paraphrase the information it gives, but in researching this article I also looked into Australian copyright law and now I am too afraid to paraphrase anything ever 2.
This is not wise. Making Standards Free Costs Australia Nothing The neat thing about making standards free is we get all the above benefits at no extra cost to the country.
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