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An Essential Foundation
Publication Date: 
July 2016

Australia's world-class standards and conformance infrastructure underpins and supports virtually every aspect of our everyday life.

A number of organisations comprise Australia's standards and conformance infrastructure. These are:

These organisations each have unique roles. Their complementary activities contribute to the national interest and public benefit.

This publication explains the individual and combined contributions of these organisations, and places the Australian infrastructure in the regional and international framework.

Memoranda of Understanding

The Australian Government has Memoranda of Understanding (MoUs) with Standards Australia and NATA since 1988, and the MoUs frame the Government's policy relationship with the organisations.

MoU with Standards Australia signed 17 May 2013 [628KB PDF]

MoU with National Association of Testing Authorities signed 21 May 2013 [966KB PDF]

Best practice guide 

Best Practice Guide to Using Standards and Risk Assessments in Policy and Regulation [504KB PDF] [52KB DOCX]