- What are Standards?
- Searching and accessing Standards:
What are Standards?
Trade and industry are bound by official specifications in areas such as construction requirements, codes of practice, methods of testing or terminology. Standards are used to provide uniformity, reliability and safety for all parties concerned
Many organisations issue standards, including trade associations and government departments. Standards are identifiable by a unique document code, number and year (eg. AS 1816.1-2007).
Standards are 'living' documents - up to 15% of them change every year. This is why Standards might have current, draft and withdrawn versions and access will expire even after PDF download.
Searching and accessing standards:
The SAI Global database
SAI Global is an information agent. The Library subscribes to SAI Global's premium database to provide seamless full text access to Australian standards; as well as some international standards on a 'pay per view' basis via an 'unlocking' facility.
In addition, SAI Global have an online consumer store from which a large number of international standards can be purchased (in PDF or print). Some standards in the subscription database redirect to this online store.
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Australian (subscribed full text)
Current, draft and withdrawn Australian standards issued by Standards Australia are available online from the SAI Global database (previously ASO or Australian Standards Online).
International (on demand purchase by the library)
Within SAI Global some international standards (including ISO, IEC, EN, NSI & JSA) can be located, but state 'Request to Unlock' to view (essentially pay per view - cost is borne by the library).
If proceeding to 'Request to Unlock' is necessary, the request automatically generates an email to the Library for consideration in line with research and teaching needs. Student requests need the support of an academic supervisor.
Other standards organisations and societies:
Some international standards organisations also provide options for purchasing their standards (PDF or print) on their websites. Links to websites and databases of other selected organisations who issue standards are listed in the table below (this includes two additional paid subscription databases, with inclusive content ASTM and IEEE):
ASTM - American Society for Testing and Materials, iHS site (information agent)
IEEE - Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) Xplore database
ANSI - American National Standards Institute
BSI - British Standards Institution
CEN/EN - European Committee for Standardization/European Norme
DIN - German Institute for Standardization
ETSI - European Telecommunications Standards Institute
|IEC - International Electrotechnical Commission |
|ISO - International Organization for Standardization |
JSA/JIS - Japanese Standards Association
NSSN - National Standards Systems Network
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