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Standards & Patents: Definitions

A guide to Australian and international standards and patents

What is a standard?

 "A standard is a published document which sets out specifications and procedures designed to ensure that a material, product, method or service is fit for its purpose and consistently performs in the way it was intended." (Standards Australia).

Standards documents include:

  • Australian Standards

  • International Standards and Joint Standards

  • Codes

  • Specifications

  • Handbooks

  • Guidelines

Quick link to Australian Standards

Access from the Databases page (look under Standards Australia), or link directly to Australian Standards

  • Download or print current / draft Australian Standards & Handbooks free of charge
  • Downloaded standards will expire after 48 hours
  • Superseded standards are not always available
  • International Standards abstracts only can also be searched in this database

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