What are Australian standards?
Australian standards have been developed to define recognised safety and reliability criteria. To state that a piece of equipment is ‘compliant with Australian Standards’ the item must be put through a series of tests. These tests are intended to replicate situations that are likely to occur when the equipment is in use. For example wheelchairs are tested for their safety at different speeds, gradients, road surfaces and user weights.
Testing a piece of equipment, and the issue of a certificate of compliance, provides a sense of satisfaction and reassurance that the item is safe to be used and will perform safely and effectively.
Standards also allow for fair comparisons to be made between different items of equipment, and are used by some purchasing authorities in the public sector as a minimum requirement.
Australian Standards are often closely related to other nations standards, and to international standards, though differ where Australian circumstances impose particular needs.
This page last updated: 20 November 2014
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