Australia Hosts Global Standards Summit at World HR Conference

Jul 20, 2012

Alexandria, Va. -- A newly formed international committee (ISO/TC 260) working on global human resource standards will hold its second plenary meeting in Melbourne, Australia, September 24-25.Up to 50 representatives from a broad array of countries are expected to attend.

The committee will explore HR practices around the world with a view to adopting uniform standards in areas such as terminology, measurement and governance.

The American National Standards Institute (ANSI), serves as the Secretariat for the committee, and Standards Australia (SA) is the host of the meeting.

The first plenary meeting of the committee, officially called the ISO Technical Committee 260 for Human Resource Management, was held during November 2011 in Washington, D.C.Twelve countries sent delegations.

The delegation numbers at the Australian meeting are expected to be in the order of 40-50 experts from 12-15 countries. It will coincide with the World HR Congress being held in Melbourne on September 26-27.

“The meeting will not only be a fabulous opportunity to further define and advance the practice of human resource management, but will also occur in an environment where an assembly of other global experts are sharing their wisdom about how to make workplaces more effective and humane,” said Committee Chair Lee Webster, who also serves as director of HR standards for the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) based in Alexandria, Virginia.“Clearly the center of the HR universe will be in Melbourne in September.”

CEO of Standards Australia, Colin Blair, said the committee meeting will bring together the world’s pre-eminent minds in human resources. Standards Australia is pleased to recognise the contribution of the Australian Human Resources Institute (AHRI), whose support and sponsorship has enabled this meeting to be held in Australia.

The national president of the Australian Human Resources Institute (AHRI), Peter Wilson, agrees that “by holding the plenary standards meeting in Australia during September the committee has chosen to be in the right place at the right time. This is a first for much-needed HR standards that will cross borders, and it is very pleasing to see the presence of a high level of collaboration. There will be plenty of interest in the deliberations of the committee and congress delegates will eagerly look forward to hearing a report on its findings.”

“As the U.S. member body to ISO, the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) is pleased to provide leadership for ISO TC 260,” said ANSI president and CEO, Joe Bhatia. “The proposal for this important technical activity was advanced to us by SHRM, and we are proud to work closely alongside them on international standards that will offer broad, coordinated guidance to HR practitioners the world over.”

AHRI is hosting the 2012 World HR Congress (HRIZON) in Melbourne with a mandate from the World Federation of People Management Associations (WFPMA).

For further information contact:

Jennifer Hughes, Media and Blogger Relations Specialist, Society for Human Resource Management,, 703-535-6072,

Paul Begley, National Manager, Government & Media Relations, Australian Human Resources Institutet: (+613) 9918 9232m: +61 (0) 402 897 884


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