Annex F - Referencing of standards

Identification of standards

There are four elements required to correctly identify a standard.

  1. The prefix of the standard issuing organisation
  2. The standard number
  3. The year of issue
  4. The standard title

The reference should be in a prominent position that can be clearly identified by all stakeholders.

Examples of correctly referenced standards include:

AS/NZS 1698:2006 Protective helmets for vehicle users

ISO 6487:2015 Road vehicles – Measurement techniques in impact tests – Instrumentation

Dated or undated standards

An important consideration for policy officers is to ensure the standard that is being used to support a particular policy or program is reflective of current practices and procedures. As a result, policy officers need to consider whether their selected standard will be ‘dated’ or ‘undated’. If a standard is ‘dated’, it refers to a particular version of that standard. If a standard is ‘undated’, it refers to the latest version of the standard.

The table below outlines recommended and non-recommended circumstances for the usage of each referencing format.

Format Recommended Circumstances Non-recommended Circumstances

Line Areas are the ‘master of procedure’ and know exactly the technical solution required.

Line areas are required to reference specific clauses, subclasses, tables, figures or annexes of a standard. This is because amendments and revisions of a standard could lead to alteration of internal numbering.

In settings with continuous and rapid technical development (and subsequent rapid development of standards), dated referencing can make the legislation obsolete, and should be avoided.


Line areas can flexibly allow the use of subsequent revised versions of the same standard within legislation or regulation.

In settings which need to index specific technical content to solution envisioned. This could trigger legal issues as the authority over the indexed regulation is shifted to the standard organisation that is not legitimised for this.

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