Standards Australia define standards as 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
  • guidelines

Finding standards

Many Australian and international standards can be accessed via the links below or by searching Library collection for print standards. Please be aware that not all standards are held by UNSW Library. Only those standards to which the Library subscribes will be accessible.

Subscribed standards

Important note: Due to licensing restrictions, standards downloaded from TechStreet cannot be shared. Multiple downloads of standards are permitted, enabling UNSW staff and students to have access to their own copy. Two free plug-ins, FileOpen and Adobe Reader, must be downloaded to view standards.


AS: Australian standards (via TechStreet)
Full-text access to current versions of Australian standards, joint Australian/New Zealand standards and joint Australian/New Zealand/ISO standards.

National Construction Code: building code of Australia + Standards and plumbing code of Australia
The NCC is a performance-based code containing all performance requirements for the construction of buildings.

Bridge design code (via TechStreet)
Search the database for Australian Standard 5100 to access the Bridge design code.

Australia New Zealand food standards code

Australian design rules
Standards for vehicle safety, anti-theft and emissions apply to vehicles manufactured in Australia or imported as new or second hand vehicles.

International standards

ISO - International standards (via Engineering Workbench)
Full-text access to subscribed International standards.

ASTM: American Society for Testing and Materials standards (via Engineering Workbench)
Full-text access to subscribed ASTM standards.

ACI: American Concrete Institute standards (via Engineering Workbench)
Full-text access to subscribed ACI standards.

API: American Petroleum Institute standards (via Engineering Workbench)
Full-text access to subscribed API standards.

ASCE: American Society of Civil Engineers standards (via ASCE Library)
Full-text access to subscribed ASCE standards (also available via Engineering Workbench).

ESDU: Engineering Sciences Data Unit
Full-text access to subscribed ESDU standards.

IEEE Xplore: Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers
Full-text access to subscribed IEEE standards.

IEC: International Electrotechnical Commission standards (via Engineering Workbench)
Full-text access to subscribed IEC standards.

SAE digital library
Full-text access to subscribed SAE technical papers.

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