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Australian Standard ("AS")

Australian Standard ("AS")

An Australian Standard is a published document establishing the minimum community expectations to ensure the safety, quality, performance and consistency of products, processes or services in Australia. Australian Standards cover a wide variety of subjects including the consumer products and services, environment, construction, energy, water and utilities.

How an Australian Standard is developed

AS1851:2012 Front Cover

Once a project approval for a new Standard or an amendment to an existing Standard has been approved, The process of drafting the Standard (or changes) is undertaken by a committee comprising relevant subject matter experts. In some circumstances an international Standard may be adopted (in part or in full) as an Australian Standard.  The process for developing a Standard includes the following steps;

  1. Project Proposal
  2. Project Kick Off
  3. Working Draft
  4. Committee Draft
  5. Committee Review
  6. Public Comment Draft
  7. Committee Ballot
  8. Publication



In preparing this definition, we have drawn from various sources including Legislation, Codes, Standards and industry information, research and knowledge.  Like the english language, these definitions may subtly change from time to time. As such these definitions are provided solely on the basis that users will be responsible for making their own assessment of the definition and and are advised to verify all relevant representations, statements and information.