The Federal Government has announced the formation of a strategic advisory group that will contribute to international discussions on ICT standards issues.


The Strategic Advisory Committee on ICT and Digital Economy will include representation from the Australian Government, State Governments, industry, small business, research and academia communities and consumers.


The committee will be administered by Standards Australia and will be supported by a $100,000 grant from the Federal Government.


The Committee will advise on the strategic direction of ICT standards development at the national level and provide a focal point for industry, government and other stakeholders to discuss and prioritise standards and related issues.


It will initially focus on cloud computing, e-health, smart infrastructure including sensor networks and smart grids, and accessibility matters.


The Committee will coordinate Australian positions for submission to the International Organization for Standardization (ISO)/International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) Joint Technical Committee 1 (JTC1).


Chief Executive Officer of Standards Australia, Colin Blair, welcomed the announcement as an important step forward for Australia’s participation and international engagement in JTC1.


More information on JTC1 can be found here