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North Metropolitan TAFE Library: Australian Standards

User Registration now required 
A one-off User Registration is required to view or download an Australian Standard.


What you need to know

Registration now required
: Staff and students will be prompted to Register an email address and create a password at the first attempt to view or download an Australian Standard. Once you are registered you will be prompted to login again every time you wish to view or download a Standard. 

Thereafter, downloaded pages will be watermarked with your name and email address. You are unable to circulate or share these documents.

​Australian Standards are available via our subscription to SAI Global for work and study purposes by current North Metropolitan TAFE students and staff.  

  • Automatic access is via the link above on-campus or off-campus using your Network login. The preferred browser is Google Chrome.
  • A one-off Registration is required using an email and created password. Use these each time thereafter to view or download a document. 
  • There is no need to include the prefix (AS) in the search box. Search by code number, keyword or title. 
  • To narrow the search results, pre-select the 'Within subscription' search option.
  • Non-active and Withdrawn Standards can be discovered by using the Power Search option.  
  • Full text Standards in PDF format may be viewed, downloaded or printed.
  • Saved Standards will expire after 5 days. They may then be re-downloaded or viewed again online.
  • The subscription allows 1 concurrent user. When finished, please use the 'subscription logout' to free up the licence. 
  • Automatic log-out occurs after 20 minutes of inactivity.
  • Register to create a 'favourites' list for easy access to your most frequently used Standards.
  • Individual Amendments are listed in search results and may be printed separate to the entire Standard.
  • With the exception of ISO 31000:2018, International Standards are not included in our subscription content. Search instead for 'Identical' Australian versions.

Standards are documents setting out specifications, procedures and guidelines. They are designed to ensure products, services and systems are safe, reliable and consistent. State and Commonwealth governments often refer to Australian Standards® (AS) or joint Australian/New Zealand Standards (AS/NZS) in their legislation. They are based on industrial, scientific and consumer experience and are regularly reviewed to ensure they keep pace with new technologies. [Extract from Standards Australia

Our subscription to the Australian Standards collection provides full text access to:

  • All Australian Standards (current and withdrawn)
  • Joint ISO/Australian Standards
  • Joint NZ/Australian Standards
  • Current Draft Australian Standards
  • Amendments to the Australian Standards
  • Standards’ Australia Handbooks
  • Wood Solutions Design Guide WS08-2019, WS03-2012
  • Australian Business Excellence Framework GB 002-2011
  • ISO 31000:2018 : Risk management - Guidelines


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The latest, up-to-date edition.

Pending Revision
Pending Revision indicates that as a result of the Aged Standards review process, the document needs updating. If no project proposal, meeting the quality criteria, is received within the 12 month timeframe, the document shall be withdrawn.

Available Superseded 
An Available Superseded Standard is one, which has been made available for a period of time although it has been formally superseded by another Standard. Its availability is maintained where it is referenced in legislation/regulations or in other Standards and its use should be restricted to where so referenced. No responsibility is taken by SAI Global as to the ongoing technical validity of such a Standard, the responsibility resting with the referencing authority.

A superseded Standard is one, which is fully replaced by another Standard, which is a new edition of the same Standard.

A Withdrawn Standard is one, which is removed from sale, and its unique number can no longer be used. The Standard can be withdrawn and not replaced, or it can be withdrawn and replaced by a Standard with a different number.

A document that is past its comment period, but has not been superseded and where it is unlikely the project or product will go ahead.

“Obsolescent” indicates that the Standard is not recommended for new equipment or as a current practice, but it is retained in order to provide for servicing of existing equipment or requirements.

A Redesignated Standard is one that has had its number changed. This could be the main number, the part number or the sub-part number.

A document that has not been superseded, but where the project or product is no longer required. 

Electronic copy
In-text referencing
Format is - Corporate Author, Year
Example - (Standards Australia, 2018)


End-text referencing
Format is - Corporate Author. (Year). Title of standard (Standard no. XX). http://xxxx
Example - Standards Australia. (2018). Electrical installations (AS/NZS 3000:2018).


Print copy
In-text referencing
Format is - Corporate Author, Year
Example - (Standards Australia, 1998)


End-text referencing
Format is - Corporate Author. (Year). Title of standard (Standard no. XX). Publisher.
Example - Standards Australia. (1998). Guidelines for the design of eaves and box gutters  (HB 114:1998). Standards Australia.                

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