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. They are "living" documents – up to 15% of them change every year. This is why standards have current, draft, withdrawn and historical versions. Many organisations issue standards, including trade associations and government departments.
Standards are identifiable by a unique document code, number and year (e.g.
The SAI Global database provides full-text access to Australian standards as well as options for accessing Australian Standards for which SAI does not own the copyright, and International Standards.
Locate the standard you wish to view in SAI Global using Quick Search or Power Search (Advanced). You can also browse by Subject.
On the Search Results screen, one of the following view options will be displayed:
International Standards are sometimes adopted by Standards Australia, found in SAI Global. This means that the Australian adoptions can be used instead of the International versions. Some of these Australian adoptions have been modified, or altered to suit Australian conditions, but most are identical equivalents to their International versions.
Before your select Request Unlock to access an International Standard, check if there is an Australian equivalent as follows:
The Search Results screen will display any equivalent Australian Standards and identify whether they are identical, equivalent, not equivalent or modified.