Standards Association of Australian was established in 1922 and is recognised through a Memorandum of Understanding with the Commonwealth Government as the peak non-government standards development body in Australia. It is a company limited by guarantee, with 72 members representing groups interested in the development and application of standards and related products and services.
Standards Australia is an independent company, not directly associated with government, although the Commonwealth Government and State governments are listed among our members.
However, the important role of Standards in any advanced nation's technical infrastructure means that a close and co-operative working relationship with government is essential. To ensure this, a Memorandum of Understanding has existed between Standards Australia and the Commonwealth Government since 1988. The Memorandum recognises Standards Australia as the peak non-government Standards body in Australia.
This memorandum details the accord that exists between the two parties in respect to Australian standardisation. Among the principal accords are that no Australian Standard will contravene the World Trade Organization's requirements that national Standards should not be used as non-tariff barriers to free trade; and agreement that no new Australian Standard will be developed where an acceptable international Standard already exists.