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Find Australian and international standards for accounting, automotive and transport, building, electrical, fashion and textiles, food, and materials and test methods.

What's in this guide?

There are thousands of standards created by many organisations around the world. We have listed some of them on this guide. This guide will also help you understand:

  • why standards are created and used;
  • which standards are available from RMIT University Library;
  • which ones are freely available on the internet; and
  • how to get the full text of any others.

Contact your Liaison Librarian to discuss any questions and requests.

What is a standard?

"Standards are published documents setting out specifications and procedures designed to ensure products, services and systems are safe, reliable and consistently perform the way they were intended to. They establish a common language which defines quality and safety criteria....

They cover everything from consumer products and services, construction, engineering, business, information technology, human services to energy and water utilities, the environment and much more."  

Standards are practical documents which set realistic goals. They are developed in accordance with "sound industrial, scientific and consumer experience and are regularly reviewed to ensure they keep pace with new technologies". (What is a standard? 2014, webpage, Standards Australia, viewed 28 June 2014, <>.)

 Standards can be guidance documents including:

  • Australian Standards®;
  • International Standards and Joint Standards;
  • Codes;
  • Specifications;
  • Handbooks; and
  • Guidelines.

 What ISO standards do for you  

What ISO standards do for you ISO YouTube video








What ISO standards do for you 2010, video, International Organization for Standardization (ISO), viewed 11 June 2015, <>.

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