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About Standards Online Via Techstreet

Techstreet Enterprise provides the platform for TAFE NSW staff and students to access the products of Standards Australia online.

Our subscription includes current Australian and New Zealand standards, draft standards and amendments.

You can access our subscription via the logo above, or via our TAFE NSW Libraries A - Z eResources

What Are Standards?

Standards ensure the quality and consistency of products and services.

Standards Australia is the country's peak standards development body. It develops standards, technical specifications, handbooks and other publications, and participates in international standards development. 

On their own, standards are voluntary. There is no requirement for the public to comply with standards. However State and Commonwealth governments often refer to Australian Standards (AS) or joint Australian/New Zealand Standards (AS/NZS) in their legislation. When this happens, these standards can become mandatory, for example the AS for Wiring Rules.

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Download, Read and Print a Standard - What Do I Need?

You need to download a Standard to read it. You can do this on any device anywhere. 

On a TAFE NSW Library computer, you will need:

  • Your TAFE NSW username and password
  • All necessary software is already installed so you can download, read and print from all TAFE NSW Library computers.

 On your own device or a non-TAFE NSW computer, you will need:

  • Your TAFE NSW username and password
  • The following software installed on your device or computer:

To print from your device directly to a TAFE NSW printer:

To print at a commercial printer:

  • Check beforehand that they have the FileOpen plug-in installed.

Copyright and Licence Agreement

Australian Standards are protected by copyright law and a licence agreement. The licence agreement is standard across all educational institutions in Australia.


The online Standards are protected by FileOpen which is a Digital Rights Management (DRM) software to control or prevent digital copies from being shared over computer networks.

A watermark with your TAFE NSW email address will be inserted on any document you download, down the right hand side of every page.


The licence agreement allows you to: 

  • download as many copies of a standard as you like but only for your own study purposes.
  • make up to two printouts of a standard you downloaded for your own study purposes.
  • make these printouts anywhere.

The licence agreement does not allow:  

  • you to make more than two printouts of the same Standard for yourself.
  • you to make electronic copies or printouts for your friends, workmates, or classmates.
  • your teachers, library staff, or anyone else to download or print a copy to give to you.

Library staff can help you to make a copy of the standard for yourself.