FP-001-01 AS1851 Sprinkler Sub Committee

Standards Australia is not part of government, they do not make laws or regulations. Australian Standards are not legal documents but many, because of their rigour, are called up into legislation by government and become mandatory. This is a decision made by elected governments, not Standards Australia. Standards are also often incorporated into legal contracts.

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.

Standards can be guidance documents including:

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

More than 8000 technical, business, academia, government and community experts from 1500
organisations create Standards. These Committee Members are consumer representatives, industry professionals, government representatives and academics who come together across Australia to debate how a product or system should perform and how it should be made.