Southern River MP Abetz calls for free Standards access

Southern River MP Abetz calls for free Standards access

SOUTHERN River MP Peter Abetz is hoping to get the Australian Standards free for businesses.

The Joint Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation, which is chaired by Mr Abetz, did an inquiry into the issue of the availability of Australian Standards.

The committee believes Australian Standards should be made available free to the public.

Mr Abetz suggested they be made digital rather than given out as hard-copy books.

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Currently, they are not free and the 14 most commonly used electrical standards cost an electrician about $2000.

The committee concluded the State and Federal Government departments and agencies are paying for more to SAI Global each year that the total royalty revenue stream coming to Standards Australia from SAI Global.

Mr Abetz said if the State and Federal governments made a grant to Standards Australia each year equal or a little above what the Standards Australia receive each year in royalties from SAI Global, it would benefit the overall saving of the public, businesses and government.

“We live in the day and age of the web and they can connect to the internet and if it is free they will be more encouraged to look at them, rather than a book” he said.

“It would reduce the cost to small business.”

A spokesperson from the office of the Minister for Commerce Michael Mischin said the Government was considering the committee’s proposals and would respond soon.

“Minister Mischin, both in his capacity as Minister for Commerce and as Attorney- General sees merits in making Standards accessible to all,” he said.

SAI Global has the sole |licence to sell Australian Standards until 2018.