Identify the need
The creation of a new National Standard begins with the identification of a specific need for a Standard and a request by an organisation such as a government agency, industry or trade association, professional body, or consumer organisation for a new National Standard. Otherwise the need can be identified by National Standards Development Organisation (NSDO).
Define the new Standard
An application for a new Standard (the project) is made using the Standard Development Project Proposal form. The purpose of the proposal is to ensure that the development of a Standard is in the national interest and that both the requesting organisation and NSDO have the resources to undertake the project.
The project proposal is designed to invite:
- Description of the proposed Standard, including the suggested title and scope;
- Relevance of the proposed Standard, including the values and/or benefits to the Australian community and potential or actual impacts of implementing the Standard;
- Determination of the relationship between the proposed Standard and the national interest and/or public benefit, as applicable in terms of one or more of the following:
- Support for innovation, trade and economic benefit,
- Advancement of the health, safety and wellbeing of the community,
- Protection of the natural environment, and/or
- International competitiveness
- Relationship with existing standards (eg; International Standards, National Standards or Australian Standards), to check that the proposed Standard would not create duplication and to ensure there is national and international compatibility with existing Standards;
- Processes to ensure transparency in the proposed Standard development;
- Stakeholder engagement and consultation processes during the development of the proposed Standard; and
- Anticipation of how the Standard will be monitored and reviewed after implementation.
Send a Project Proposal to the NSDO CEO for review. A project proposal form is available here