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This guide is intended to provide the basic information required for locating standards


This guide is intended to provide the basic information required for locating standards. It also explains how to use and cite standards. This guide is divided into sections which can be used depending on your needs.


Standards are documents setting out specifications, procedures and guidelines. They are designed to ensure products, services and systems are safe, reliable and consistent. They are based on industrial, scientific and consumer experience and are regularly reviewed to ensure they keep pace with new technologies.

Standards cover everything from consumer products and services, construction, engineering, business, information technology, human services to energy and water utilities, the environment and much more.

There are three kinds of standards: international, regional, and national.

  • International standards are developed by ISO, IEC, and ITU. Countries can adopt these standards directly for their national use.
  • Regional standards are prepared by a specific region, such as the European Union, which develops EN standards. Similarly, joint Australian/New Zealand standards can be considered regional standards.
  • National standards can be developed by a national standards body or other accredited bodies.


Source: Standards Australia