Standards Australia is the nation’s peak non-government Standards organisation. It is charged by the Commonwealth Government to meet Australia’s need for contemporary, internationally aligned Standards and related services.

The work of Standards Australia enhances the nation’s economic efficiency, international competitiveness and contributes to community demand for a safe and sustainable environment.

It leads and promotes a respected and unbiased Standards development process ensuring all competing interests are heard, their points of view considered and consensus reached.

Standards Australia’s key priorities:

  • Standards Development

A range of development pathways is offered to stakeholders looking to develop new or update existing Standards.

  • National and International Standards Information and Coordination

Standards Australia is the central point for government, industry and the community to find information about non-government consensus Standards in Australia and around the world, and how to participate in their development.

  • Accreditation of Standards Development Organisations

Standards Australia supports the accreditation of other Standards Development Organisations through the Accreditation Board for Standards Development Organisations (ABSDO). This highly autonomous body independently assesses and approves other organisations such as industry associations to develop Australian Standards.

Acknowledging our Committee Members

Our Technical Committee members are the lifeblood of standardisation. They willingly give their time and expertise to advance the principles and practices of standardisation. Their contribution to Australia’s well-being cannot be overestimated. Although they give their time freely, it is estimated that their contribution is worth more than $30 million per year to the national interest.


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• Phone: +61 2 9237 6000

•Mail:  Level 10, The Exchange Centre 20 Bridge Street, Sydney GPO Box 476 Sydney NSW 2001



Richard Brooks – Chairman


Current positions: Managing Director of Tyne Solutions Pty Ltd a provider of business and association management services; Director Cabinet Makers and Designers Association; Chairman Standards Australia Finance, Risk & Audit Committee; Member Accreditation Board for Standards Development Organisations (ABSDO); Chairman FP-20 Standards Technical Committee.

Former positions: Chairman Council of Small Business Organisations of Australia Ltd; Executive Director Timber Merchants Association, Victoria, Hardware Association of Victoria, Roof Truss and Wall Frame Association; Director TMA Training Services; Director/Chair Timber Industry Superannuation Scheme; Director/Deputy Chair Forest and Forest Products Employment Skills Company Ltd; Member Timber Promotion Council; Director National Wholesale Retail and Personal Services Industry Training Council Ltd; Chair/Member Victorian WRAPS and Victorian Light Manufacturing and Forest Industries Training Boards; Managing Director of W R Brooks Pty Ltd & W Leonard Brooks Pty Ltd; President Timber Merchants Association, Member Mt. Buller and Mt. Stirling Alpine Resorts Management Board

Other achievements:  Diverse experience in the timber and building industry followed by over 21 years as an association executive representing the interests of a diverse range of small and medium businesses involved in manufacturing and distribution of timber and building products. A firm believer in the need for Standards both at a national and industry level and the importance of Standards and their accessibility to those that use them – in particular the small business community.

First elected to Board 2009.

Dr Peter Burn

B.Ec (Hons), Ph.D

Current positions: Director of Public Policy for Australian Industry Group; Director of Industry Super Australia Pty Ltd; Alternate Director of AustralianSuper, an Industry Super Fund; Member of AustralianSuper’s Investment Committee; Chair Standards Australia Strategy Committee; Directorof Industry Funds Network Pty Ltd; Member of Investment Advisory Board of Industry Funds Management Pty Ltd; Member Research Impact Advisory Board, Australian Technology Network; Member Manufacturing Sector Advisory Council, CSIRO.

Former positions: Director – Policy at the Business Council of Australia.

Other achievements: Graduate economist in the Commonwealth Treasury; academic positions in the Economics Department of the University of Newcastle and the University of Queensland.

First elected to Board 2009.


Libby Christie 

BA (History/Ed), Grad Dip Adult Ed, MAICD

Current positions: Executive Director, The Australian Ballet; Chair Standards Australia Remuneration & Nominations Committee; Member Standards Australia Strategy Committee.

Former positions: Executive Director Arts Funding, Australia Council for the Arts; Managing Director Sydney Symphony Orchestra; President Monster Asia Pacific, TMP Worldwide; Managing Director, Business & Government Marketing, Telstra; National Government Sales Manager Optus; and various senior roles in Education in Government and Institute of Technology and Canberra CAE.

Other achievements: Diverse career in both public and private sectors.  Extensive background in adult education, sales, marketing, customer relationship management and business development in business and consumer markets in the technology and communications sector as well as key enterprise leadership roles.

First appointed to Board 2008.



Peter Cockbain


Current positions: Founder and Technical Director AmpControl; Member University of Newcastle Council and Member Finance and Capital Development Committee and Strategic Development Committees; Board member of University Services; Member Standards Australia Standards Development Committee; Member Standards Australia Remuneration & Nominations Committee.

Former positions: 2006 National President of Engineers Australia; Member of Standards Australia’s former Electrical Standards Sector Board; Engineers Australia representative on the Prime Minister’s Science, Engineering and Innovation Council and the Future Manufacturing Industry Innovation Council.

Other achievements: Member of several Standards committees for over 30 years, including current Committee Member of EL-023, EL-014 and EL-023-03. Founder of Australian manufacturing business, Ampcontrol; which employs over 1000 people in 20 locations in Australia, New Zealand, Hong Kong, Beijing, Russia, UK and South Africa. Helped found independent electrical and electronic research company, RESTECH, whose shareholders are University of Newcastle and Ampcontrol.

First elected to Board 2009

David Singleton


Current positions: Chairman, Infrastructure Sustainability Council of Australia; Member, Board of Centre for Engineering Leadership and Management, Engineers Australia; Member Standards Australia Strategy Committee; Council Member Swinburne University of Technology and member of Audit and Risk Committee.

Former positions: Group Board member and Director, Arup Group Ltd; Chairman Global Infrastructure, Arup Group; Member Living with Environmental Change Strategy Board UK; CEO and Chairman, Arup Australasia; Chair Buildings Standards Sector Board Standards Australia; Chair and Director Australian Construction Industry Forum; Director Cooperative Research Centre for Construction Innovation; President and Chair Association of Consulting Engineers Australia; Director Association of Consulting Engineers Australia; Chair National Engineering Registration Board; Member Advisory Board, University of Cambridge Program for Sustainability Leadership.

Other achievements: OPM Program, Harvard Business School 1996-98; One of Australia’s 100 Most Influential Engineers in 2004 to 2007 inclusive; One of five finalists as “CEO of the Year”, Equal Opportunity in the Workplace Agency, 2002; Director of RedR Australia Ltd 1998-2001.

First elected to Board 2010.

James Tinslay


Current Positions: Consultant; Executive Director Business Group Australia; Director NECA Group Training Pty Ltd; Fund Manager and Company Secretary, Mechanical and Electrical Redundancy Trust Pty Ltd; Chairman Standards Australia Standards Development Committee; Member Standards Australia Finance, Risk  & Audit Committee.

Former Positions: Chief Executive Officer National Electrical and Communications Association (NECA); Director Australian Cabler Registration Services Pty Ltd;  Councillor Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (ACCI); Director Australian Construction Industry Forum Limited; Group Manager Electrotechnology, Standards Australia; Chair NSW Electrotechnology Industry Training Advisory Board Pty Ltd.

Other Achievements: Over 25 years influencing government representing small business and building industry interests. Representation of Australian interests at IEC, ILO and other international forums in Asia and Europe in relation to industry and employer issues.

First elected to Board in 2010.



Executive Profiles

Dr Bronwyn Evans Chief Executive Officer​


In October 2013 Dr Bronwyn Evans took on the role as CEO Standards Australia. She has over 30 years experience as an engineering executive in the areas of power generation, engineering education, Standards creation and medical devices.

She is the Chair of the Industry Growth Centre for Medical Technologies and Pharmaceuticals and Chair of the Advisory Board for Robogals. In 2011 Bronwyn joined The Warren Centre for Advanced Engineering as a director and member of the Centre’s Audit, Risk and Remuneration Committee.

Dr Evans has previously held positions as an independent non-executive director of John Holland Limited, Chair of the Medical Technology Association of Australia Board and Chair of the National Board of the Centre for Engineering Leadership and Management.

Bronwyn is a Fellow of The Institution of Engineers Australia, a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering, an Honorary Fellow of University of Wollongong. In 2013 was named the EA Sydney Division Professional Engineer of the Year and in 2014 was recognised as one of Australia’s 100 most influential engineers.

Dr Evans has a BE (Elec) and PhD in Electrical Engineering from University of Wollongong in the field of industrial automation, and is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Adrian O’Connell Deputy Chief Executive Officer​​

Adrian is Deputy Chief Executive Officer. Adrian commenced as General Manager Strategy and Stakeholder Relations with Standards Australia and held this position until 2007 when he was appointed General Manager, Operations. Working closely with the CEO, his responsibilities encompass management of corporate services, international and sector engagement, continuous improvement and innovation; and training and events management.
Following Australia’s election to the ISO Technical Management Board in 2011, Adrian was appointed as Australia’s representative for a three year term 2011-2013. Adrian was reappointed to the TMB for a further three years in 2013.
Prior to joining Standards Australia in 2006, Adrian had extensive career experience in leading and managing professional service and membership based organisations across a range of private and public sector industries. In these roles his focus has been on developing efficient service focused organisations delivering high quality outcomes for clients and members. 

Adrian has previously held board positions on a number of member service companies and industry superannuation funds. Adrian holds a Bachelor of Commerce; Master of Arts; and is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Archer Whetham Company Secretary and Chief Financial Officer​

Archer Whetham is the Company Secretary and Chief Financial Officer. Before joining Standards Australia Limited in January 2004 he held various senior financial management and company secretarial positions including director and secretary of a listed funds management company.

Bala Balakrishnan General Manager, Information Technology​​

Bala is responsible for the operations of Information Technology (IT) and the IT strategy for the business objectives of Standards Australia. He is an Electrical and Electronic Engineer by profession.
Bala has been with Standards Australia for the past 17 years, and has extensive experience in both the Standards development and Information Technology areas. Within the Operations area, he has held various positions in Communication, IT & E-Commerce and Management & Business Standards Sectors. Bala was responsible for setting up Standards Australia’s own IT Division, when Standards Australia became an independent organisation in 2003.

Bala holds a Bachelor of Engineering (Electrical and Electronic) from Limerick University, Ireland. Bala has previously worked as a Senior Engineer, Project Manager and Telecommunication System Specialist in the private sector in Ireland, Asia Pacific Region and Australia. He is a Member of the Institution of Engineers Australia.

Kareen Riley-Takos General Manager, Standards Development​​

In the role of General Manager Standards Development Kareen is responsible for the management of standards development process and the delivery of national and international standards development projects.  Prior to joining Standards Australia Kareen held positions with peak industry organisations where she specialised in supporting, promoting and advocating public policy interests for the Shipping and Infrastructure industries. Kareen commenced her career as an intellectual property lawyer. 
Kareen has held previous leadership positions with Standards Australia in the national sector management and standards development teams and has represented Australia and lead delegations at both the ISO and IEC. 

Kareen holds a Bachelor of Law and Masters of Commerce, International Business.

Adam Stingemore General Manager, Stakeholder Engagement and Public Affairs​​

Adam leads Standards Australia’s stakeholder engagement and public affairs teams. Adam joined Standards Australia in 2009 as a member of the national sector management team and has held various roles in both engagement and standards development.
Prior to this, Adam spent time in management roles in commerce, most recently for a commercial consulting company wholly owned by a major Group of Eight Australian university. Adam initially trained as a lawyer and spent approximately 10 years on the personal staff of Judges in NSW in various civil and criminal jurisdictions and then in practice as a litigator.

Adam holds a Bachelor of Laws a Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice.


Standards Australia facilitates the development of internationally aligned Standards and other solutions that make a positive contribution to Australia.

Standards Development offers a range of pathways for developing objective, rigorous Standards which ensure the safety, performance and reliability of a range of products, services and systems. Every project Standards Australia works on must demonstrate Net Benefit. To propose a new project, click here.

The Standards Development team

The team responsible for developing and maintaining stakeholder relations and delivering Australian Standards and other guidance documents developed by Standards Australia is made up of:

  • National Sector Management;
  • International Secretariat;
  • Project Office;
  • Project Management; and
  • Learning and Development.


To align with public interest priorities, Standards development projects are classified into 12 sectors:

  • Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing and Food;
  • Mining;
  • Manufacturing and Processing;
  • Building and Construction;
  • Energy;
  • Water and Waste Services;
  • Transport and Logistics;
  • Health and Community Services;
  • Consumer Products, Services and Safety;
  • Education and Training Services;
  • Communications, Information Technology and e-Commerce Services;
  • Public Safety; Public Administration; Business and Management;

This classification table will help determine which topics fall within each sector.

Our Standards Development work 

Standards Australia’s work continues in traditional areas such as building, construction, energy, consumer protection and safety. It is also actively involved in developing Standards in areas including:

  • Climate change and greenhouse gas emissions;
  • Personal financial planning and employment screening;
  • National security;
  • IT security and risk management;
  • Managerial and organisational practice, risk management, corporate social responsibility; and
  • Electronic health records, messaging and communication.

Click on the following links to be taken to information on Standards for a selection of specific industries.