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Resource Help: Standards Australia

Helpful information and links on specific resources

Access Standards

Search for Australian and New Zealand Standards in the Standards Australia Database

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Contact us

Please note that we no longer subscribe to every standard.  Contact your lecturer if you have been referred to a standard not in the database.  If you are a lecturer, please use this email form to contact us to request an addition to the collection. The Standard must be essential for teaching, not optional.

Note: If the Contact us link does not open an email, please send the following information to Your name, your staff ID, the standard required (Title and number), Unit standard is required for, and the campus(es) you teach this unit.

Standards Australia Information Session October 2021

Presentation for Staff October 2021

A demonstration of using Standards Australia.  25 minutes

Short of time?

Flip through the slides for the session.  These do not include screenshots of the database.

Standards Australia Digital Rights Management

Main changes affecting your use of the Standards


Standards Australia has introduced Digital Rights Management on all its Standards.  This will affect how you access and use the Standards accessible to you through South Metropolitan TAFE.


1. JOTA arrangements for class sets are no longer permitted.

2. You will need to make changes to the set-up on your computer or device to read the Standards. Our help sheets will guide you through the process.

3. Downloaded copies are locked to the device they were downloaded on and cannot be shared. For the same reason, only the first copy downloaded will open.  The filename will have the suffix 'primary' with no number.

See our handy Trouble-shooting guide and helpsheets on this page for more information and assistance with these changes.

Trouble-Shooting Guide

Click on the title screen below to open our troubleshooting guide in a new window, or choose the PDF to download your own copy. This will help you find the right helpsheet for your issue.  You can also select a helpsheet directly.

This also serves as a checklist for self-help before you report an issue to the library.

Troubleshooting Help Sheets

Browse our Standards Helpsheets

Choose the helpsheet you want below. If you are not sure what helpsheet is the one you need, use our Trouble-shooting Guide

Help for Students

If you are trying to access on the student network at TAFE use this helpsheet

Help for Staff

If you are trying to access on the staff network, then have you downloaded the FileOpen Plug in from the ICTPortal?  If not, you will not be able to view the Standards. Use these helpsheets to get set up correctly

Help for using from home or on a mobile device

If you are trying to access offsite or on a mobile device, then check if your set-up is correct, that you have installed the FileOpen Plug in from the Standards Australia database,  and that you have Acrobat Reader installed.  Use these helpsheets to guide you through the process

Help Opening PDFs in Acrobat Reader

When reading a Standard you may need to set your browser to open in Acrobat Reader. (Note for staff - you may need to change the setting back to the default to view payslips or other online documents)

If the Standard opens but you see scrambled text, then you need to open the file without a number is brackets on the end of the file name.

If you cannot see that file, then were you sent an attachment, or are you accessing on a shared drive?  These will not display correctly because of the digital rights management (DRM).  Please access the database directly and download again.

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