The NRA’s Technical Standards Committee is a group of quality assurance and product compliance specialists who come together from many of Australia’s retail businesses to discuss the challenges of product safety and compliance. The Committee is an important forum for the development of retail industry policy.

It communicates regularly, on behalf of the industry, with government decision-makers and agencies, including:

  • Standards Australia
  • The ACCC
  • Offices of Fair Trading and Consumer Affairs
  • The National Measurement Institute

and others, conveying the issues and concerns of the retail sector.

What We Do

The National Retail Technical Standards Committee seeks out and addresses product safety and compliance issues that affect retailers by working with Standards Australia and lobbying regulators through formal submissions which represent member views.

See a list of current technical standards the committee is involved with here.

Who are Our Members

The NRA Technical Standards Committee brings together product and compliance specialists from across all categories of retail, including:

  • Furniture
  • Fashion
  • Auto
  • Groceries
  • Hardware
  • Discount and department stores.

The current chair of the Committee is Barbara Geens, Quality & Product Safety Manager, Officeworks.


Committee meetings are held twice yearly in Sydney and Melbourne with regular updates provided to members between meetings.


October 2018, Melbourne. Contact David Stout to express your interest in attending


March 2018, Sydney. View the agenda

Submissions and resources

Furniture & Television Tip-Over Prevention

Children’s Apparel & Accessories Product Safety

Button battery safety

Product labelling

View member resources > (member portal login required)

View all policy & industry articles >

Get Involved

Contact David Stout at to express your interest in joining the National Retail Technical Standards Committee.