Finding Resources: Australian Standards

Accessing Australian Standards on i2i Platform

Australian Standards database, provided by SAI Global Standards, maintains the world’s largest repository of standards and technical publications, including the complete collection of current Australian Standards. ISO standards are included on the platform. 

Standards Australia have updated how their content can be used ensuring that users comply with the Digital Rights Management (DRM), and do not breach the license requirements for Standards.

Australian Standards are now accessed via the new i2i Platform through the A-Z Databases. The i2i Platform is a customisable secure online service for organising standards and technical information for storage, retrieval and distribution. 

Accessing and viewing standards online on the i2i Platform is easy, and does not require an individual registration and installation of any software. If not already logged in, a user will be taken to the MyVU portal login page to log in with their student or staff ID to access the platform.

However, to access and open a standard's PDF file, which is DRM (Digital Rights Management) protected, a Plugin will need to be installed and the document accessed via a PDF reader such as Adobe Reader. Similarly, for mobile devices, accessing DRM protected PDFs is by using a supported PDF reader or an app.

Follow the steps below to download the FileOpen plugin.

Contact the VU Library Digital Services at if you have worked through the outlined process and require further assistance.

Follow the steps below to obtain your Australian Standard.  

Please Note: The Library has 3 concurrent user licenses to the i2i, so it is important to log out when you have finished using the platform.

Get to the 'Australian Standards on i2i' Database

1. Link to 'A - Z Databases' from the Library website

A-Z Database 


2. Search for 'Australian Standards' and select the 'Australian Standards on i2i'

Australian Standards 3.


3. Login to MyVU


4. Click on the 'Confirm' checkbox below to consent to the i2i Privacy Policy


5. As part of the automatic registration process for the Australian Standards on i2i (SAI Global Subscription), you will receive an email from i2i SAIG Helpdesk. You will be prompted to confirm sign-in registration by clicking on the link in your VU email inbox.


6. If you get redirected to the 'Log in to i2i' interface, shown below, please go back to the A-Z Databases page and click again on the 'Australian Standards on i2i' hyperlink, as mentioned in step 2 above. This will now ensure you reach the i2i's search interface.


7. i2i Search interface

Search for the Standard

1. Enter the Standard number (e.g. AS/NZS ISO '9000') or the title or keyword (e.g. 'quality management systems') of the standard you require and click on 'Search'.


2. Select the Standard you would like to view.


3. The summary of the Standard will open up. Click on 'View Online' to view it in full.


4. As a preferred option, view the Standard online, which is straightforward and easy. As a second option, download the Standard, which subsequently requires downloading the OpenFile plugin.


As soon as you access the Australian Standards on the i2i Platform, an email will be sent to you as part of the registration process for the SAI Global Subscription. You do not need to do anything else with this email unless you would like to download a standard, in which case you would need to confirm the sign-in registration in your VU inbox.

Steps for downloading a Standard, if desired, are outlined further below.


Downloading the Standard

1. Go to your VU inbox and select 'Confirm Sign-in Registration'.


2. Select 'Login'.

3. Repeat steps 1 - 3 in the above 'Search for the Standard' box to find and select the required Standard, reaching the summary of the Standard. This time select the 'Download' option.


4. Select 'Download Plug-in' to install the OpenFile plugin if not already installed on your device. FileOpen plugin for Windows/Mac/Linux and FileOpen View for iOS/Android can be directly downloaded for free here: If the FileOpen plugin had previously been installed, select 'Continue'. 


5. The Standard has been queued for downloading. Select 'Download' to begin the downloading process. The download request should start being fulfilled, and the PDF of the standard made visible in the bottom left of the 'Download Request' page


6. Using your mouse, left-click on the drop-down arrow of the downloaded file's icon in the bottom left of the 'Download Request' page, and choose for the file to 'Show in Folder' (see the image below). After this, the PDF of the standard will be shown in the 'Downloads' folder. Now it will be possible to open the standard's PDF file in Acrobat Reader by either double-clicking on the file or by right-clicking on the file and choosing 'Open with > Adobe Reader (or Adobe Acrobat DC) (see the image below). Opening of the standard's PDF procedure is important, as otherwise, if you try and open the PDF file without selecting it to 'Show in Folder', the PDF will not open, and you will get an 'Error - Failed to load PDF document' message.

7. The Standard is now displayed in Adobe Acrobat Reader. Downloaded standards are saved to your local machine only and cannot be shared. If you wish to print the standard, click on the print icon. In many cases, you may be able to print a standard only once. All downloaded and printed standards will be stamped with an access date and your name. You may edit the document, but there is no ability to cut and paste from the document.

8. This one and previously accessed standard(s) will be shown in Adobe's 'Recent' folder and will stay there for 30 days, during which they can either be viewed or printed. After this period of time, it will still be possible to download the same standard(s) if needed.

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