Australia boasts a world class Standards and
conformance infrastructure which underpins and supports virtually every aspect of our everyday
A number of bodies comprise Australia's Standards
and conformance infrastructure. These are:
The National Measurement Institute
The National Association of Testing
The Joint Accreditation System of Australia
and New Zealand (JAS-ANZ)
Standards Australia was established in
1922 and is recognised through a Memorandum of understanding
with the Australian Government as the peak non-government Standards development body in Australia. Through its
memorandum of understanding with the Australian government, it is Australia's member of the two major international
Standards Australia are not part of the Australian
government and do not make laws or regulations. They are not legal documents but many, because of their rigger, are
called up into legislation by government and become mandatory and are often incorporated into legal
In Australia there are around
9,000 technical committee members involved in the Standardization process from Technical, business, academic, government and
community backgrounds working closely with International and regional counterparts.
There are over 200 Australian Standards referenced in the BCA, and
over 1000 more Standards indirectly referenced in the BCA
Australian Standard (AS 1428-Design for Access and Mobility)
The main Australian Standard that relates to the
provision of Disability Access is AS1428 which should be considered in the planning, development and construction
of all buildings and facilities.
Everyone has the opportunity to comment on a
Standard under development. SAI
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AS 1428 prescribes the requirements for physical access which should be considered in the planning,
development and construction of all buildings and facilities. This Standard is referenced in the
Access to Premises-Buildings) Standards, 2010, which
generally align with the BCA and comprises 5 parts:
AS 1428.1:2001 and
2009 Design for Access and Mobility, General
Requirements for Access-New Building Work.
1428.2:1992 Design for Access and Mobility,
Enhanced and Additional Requirements-Buildings and Facilities.
1428.3:1992 Requirements for Children and
Adolescents with Physical Disabilities.
AS / NZS 1428.4:1
2009 Tactile Ground Surface Indicators for the
Orientation of people with Vision Impairment.
2010 Communication for people who are deaf or
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