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Standards and Accreditation

Commissioned study

This study has concluded. The research report was released on 16 November 2006.

The Australian Government asked the Productivity Commission to undertake a research study into the Australian Government's relationship with Standards Australia Limited and the National Association of Testing Authorities.

Important issues include:

  • the appropriate role for the Australian Government in standard setting and laboratory accreditation
  • and funding of these activities when they are in the public interest.

This study looked at:

  • the history of the relationship between the Australian Government and these organisations
  • the cost impact on and benefits to business and the wider community of standards, including those referenced in regulation
  • models in operation overseas.

Draft report

The draft report for this project is not available online.

Contact the Commission's Web Team to request an electronic copy.

Please note: The draft report is for research purposes only. For final outcomes of this study refer to the research report.