Changes to Australian Standards

Two new standards AS/NZS 1163:2009 and AS/NZS 3679.1:2010 for structural steel have been introduced to address recent industry concerns by requiring improved product quality, identification, certification and traceability.

The goal is to avoid product 'non-compliance' issues that are currently being seen and generate improved confidence in structural steel quality in all end-use applications.

AS/NZS 1163:2009 - Cold-formed structural steel hollow sections

This standard specifies the requirements for cold-formed, electric resistance-welded, carbon steel hollow sections used for structural purposes. It considers three strength grades, with or without impact properties, that  are suitable for welding*.

Mandatory requirements: 

> Individual length identiï¬cation marked on all ex-mill tube lengths with information such as the manufacturer’s name, site identification, traceable text identification (date/time manufacture)
> Testing to be performed by laboratories with third-party accreditation from a signatory to International Laboratories Accreditation Cooperation (ILAC) such as NATA

*It does not cover line-pipe, pressure/fluid reticulation pipe, tube for mechanical purposes, precision tube, general  purpose tube, non-prime tube.


AS/NZS 3679.1:2010 -  Hot-rolled bars and sections

The Australian Standard specifies the requirements for hot-rolled bars and sections including universal beams  and columns, channels, tapered flange beams, angles and merchant bar sections

Mandatory requirements:

> A rolled-in mark on the product identifying the manufacturer and also that it is produced to this  Australian Standard, indicated by “AS”
> Testing to be performed by laboratories with third-party  accreditation from a signatory to International Laboratories Accreditation Cooperation (ILAC) such as NATA
> Minimum specific information on test certificates


More information can be found at:

> Build with Standards

> Steel Certification (ACRS)