Each year, the Department of Innovation, Industry, Science
and Research (DIISR) provides, as part of its grant to Standards
Australia, funds to assist selected delegates from accredited
Standards Development Organisations (SDOs) to participate
on Australia's behalf in international standardisation activities.
These funds are provided as part of the Government's commitment
to the development and adoption of International Standards,
as well as the government's obligations under the WTO agreement
on Technical Barriers to Trade.
The grant is intended to supplement funds from other sources
since it is expected that other Australian organisations will
also provide practical support for international standardisation
activities and contribute to the cost of participation. This
puts the onus on the committee to identify and contact those
stakeholders in the Australian project management community
who may be willing to provide support for standardisation
Such sources are not only necessary but are also pragmatic
in that the willingness of the external organisation to provide
funds is indicative of the degree to which these organisations feel the standard is beneficial to their
endeavors. Resources from external organisations may be provided
to directly support a particular activity such as hosting
an International Standards meeting in Australia, providing
administrative support for the committee, covering advertising
costs and covering the expenses of the Australia Delegation
to attend international ISO meetings.
The ISO 21500 Guide to Project Management Standard will benefit the Australian project management community by aiding in the transfer of knowledge between projects and organisations resulting in improved project delivery through the application of widely recognised and accepted good practices in Project Management. Future project related standards will provide similar benefits.
||AIPM - Australian Institute of Project Management
||DMO - Defence Materiel Organisation
||SYPAQ - SYPAQ Systems
||QUT - Queensland University of Technology
||PMI - Project Management Institute
Why support standards development?
One of the strengths of standards is that they are created by the people that need them. Industry experts drive all aspects of the standard development process, from deciding whether a new standard is needed to defining all the technical content. Getting involved in this process can bring significant advantages to your business. For example by:
- Giving early access to information that could shape the market in the future
- Giving your company a voice in the development of standards
- Helping to keep market access open.
Providing your support will ensure that the right experts get involved in standards development and brings industry concerns and needs to bear on a process that will affect the whole profession in the future.