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Australian Standards: Your Own Computer

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Step 1: Open a browser and login to Melbourne Polytechnic Library

  1. Open a web browser and go to the SAI Global link through the library website. 
  2. You will be asked to log into Melbourne Polytechnic Library.

  • Your username is "s" and your student number, e.g. s1234567
  • Your default password is your date of birth YYYYMMDD, e.g. 19990704

Use this help page if you have any problems logging in.

Step 2: Search for Australian Standards

If you know the Australian Standard number, type it in Document Number on the top left.

Otherwise, type a keyword in Document title or keyword.

Two things to remember when you are going through your search results:

  • Get the most recent, up-to-date version of the Australian Standard
  • Get the full Australian Standard that includes all amendments.



Here's an example when searching for 5601.1. The top result, AS/NZS 5601.1:2013, is the full standard including all amendments. The other search results are the amendments by themselves.

Step 3: Register or sign in with SAI Global

When the View Online or  Download button is clicked, SAI Global will ask you to register or sign in.

If this is your first time using SAI Global, click New Registration to enter your email address and create a password.

SAI Global will then send a verification email. Remember to check both your Inbox and the Junk mail folder for this email.

Step 4: Download, view and print the Australian Standard

Now that you are registered with SAI Global, you can download as many Australian Standards as you like


  • You can only open the Australian Standard in Adobe Acrobat or PDF-XChange Editor.
  • If you try to open the Australian Standard in your browser, you will see an error message.
  • Australian Standards are locked to the computer or device you download them on. If you are planning to print the standards download them to the computer or device connected to a printer.

Step 5: Install Adobe Reader

Install Adobe Acrobat Reader.

Adobe offers two versions. Both can open Australian Standards:

  • Adobe Acrobat Reader is free
  • Adobe Acrobat Pro requires a paid subscription

Adobe may ask you to create a free Adobe ID. Use your email address and create a password.

Step 6: Open Adobe Acrobat and sign in

Once Adobe Acrobat has been opened you must disable global object security policy.

To do this:

  1. Select Edit from the top menu
  2. Choose Preferences 
  3. Select JavaScript from the left-hand column
  4. Untick Enable global object security policy
  5. Click OK


Click the File menu and Open, and go to the Downloads folder to find the downloaded Australian Standards.

If it doesn't appear, try exiting and starting Adobe Acrobat again. (There is no need to sign out of your Adobe account.

Step 7: Log out of the Australian Standards website

Melbourne Polytechnic has a limited number of user licenses for SAI Global, so please Log Out when you have finished downloading.


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