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A New Force for Australian Quality, Safety and Performance

Find out more about the formation of a new body, the Technical Infrastructure Alliance.

Article date:
8/03/2010 12:00 AM

Making Australia a safer place is one of the motivations behind a new initiative that will affect almost every aspect of our daily lives.

The quality, safety and performance of everything — from cars, to medical equipment, to our food and drinking water — is currently tested and regulated by NMI, the Joint Accreditation System of Australia and New Zealand (JAS-ANZ), the National Association of Testing Authorities (NATA), NMI and Standards Australia (SA).

Now these four agencies have agreed to establish a new body – the Technical Infrastructure Alliance (TIA) – to identify and execute joint projects, with the aim of bringing greater efficiency and performance in quality standards.

This initiative seeks to benefit the following critical areas of Australian life:

  • economic efficiency and growth
  • commercial and industrial effectiveness
  • local and international trade
  • community health and safety
  • consumer protection.

The TIA will enable better collaboration, efficiency and innovation between the four member organisations across the field of testing and conformance to quality, safety and performance – documentary standards.

The four member organisations assist Australian industry to trade competitively in the global marketplace by providing their products and services with an internationally recognised assurance of quality, safety, performance, consistency and accuracy.

Additionally, these Australian organisations are influential in the testing and accreditation of documentary standards across the world — especially in developing countries.

The TIA will meet quarterly with the first meeting scheduled for 12 April 2010. Independent consultants, StanCert will organise and chair all meetings.

Quote from Dr Laurie Besley, CEO of NMI

The work of the four organisations collectively contributes to the economic prosperity of Australia and the health, safety and well-being of all Australians. Formalising our links through the establishment of the TIA will ensure greater sharing of resources, expertise, knowledge and ideas result in improved outcomes.