How to identify and locate standards from Australia and overseas

What information do you need?

Standards can be identified in three main ways:

  • Standard number,  e.g. AS/NZS 2032: 2006 (prefix + number: year)
  • Standard title, e.g. Installation of PVC pipe systems
  • Keyword: e.g. PVC pipe

You only need to know one of these elements to start planning your search.

Have you already identified the standard you need?

There are too many standards to list individually in the Library catalogue, but there are other ways to locate them:

  • To locate printed copies of standards, go to the Library Catalogue record. Use the 'In the Library' tab at the end of the record to request a copy of an individual standard to use in the Library's Main Reading Room. For requesting purposes, standards are treated like an issue of a journal. You need to type in the number of the standard in the space provided for the volume number.
  • To locate online copies of standards, go to the SAI Global On-line Public Library database, linked in the Catalogue and in eResources. The database is only available in the Library building.

Do you need more details before you can search?

If you need more details to identify a particular standard, you can search for a standard number, title or subject/keyword.

  • To identify current standards, use the search function of an online standards database such as the SAI Global On-line Public Library
  • To find older standards, visit the Library and consult a printed index.