I've never understood why something as important as national standards are not a government responsibility, why the commercial arm of Standards Australia was sold off to a commercial entity or why digitial versions of all national standards aren't freely and openly available to anyone who is interested in them.
Date: 25 Oct 2013 05:30
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I agree with your overall perspective and it should be nationally funded (and most of them are nationally funded as huge input from Government officials)
However, most of them are accessible through Council/Library subscription (and free to access through it). Private businesses do have to buy them and it should be that way?
Program Leader - Road Asset Management
Logan City Council
Hi Ashish, thanks for the response. The fact that Australian Standards are available through a Council/Library System is useful, and them being free of cost to Council employees is also good, but I think it is even more important for them to be "free of strings".
I think it should be possible to link to and quote specific parts of the standards as required, in much the same way it is possible to do with accounting standards, and legislation, e.g.