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Australian Standards Online: Your Own Computer

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Step 1: Install Adobe Reader

Install Adobe 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 2: Install the FileOpen plug-in

Install the free FileOpen plug-in.

Check whether the FileOpen plug-in has installed by opening Adobe Reader and clicking on Help and About Third-Party Plug-Ins. If FileOpen Client doesn't appear, try closing and reopening Adobe Reader.

Adobe Acrobat Help menu and About Third-Party Plug-Ins

Step 3: Open a browser and login to Melbourne Polytechnic Library

Open a web browser and go to:

You will be asked to login to 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.

Step 4: 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 search results are:

The fifth search result, AS/NZS 5601.1:2013, is the full standard including all amendments. The other search results are the amendments by themselves.

Step 5: Register or sign in with SAI Global

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

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

After registering, SAI Global will send a verification email. Please check both your Inbox and the Junk Email folder for the verification email.

Step 6: Download, view and print the Australian Standard

Now that you are registered on SAI Global, download all the Australian Standards that you need. Most browsers will download files into the Downloads folder, but you can change this if you like.

Remember that you can only open the Australian Standard in Adobe Reader with the FileOpen plug-in. If you try to open the Australian Standard in your browser, it will give you an error message.

Open Adobe Reader, click the File menu and Open, and go to the Downloads folder to open Australian Standards. You can also print the files if you wish by clicking on File and Print:

Step 7: Log out of the Australian Standards website

Melbourne Polytechnic has a very limited number of user licenses for SAI Global, so please Log Out (top right) after you have finished downloading:


This screen appears after you log out: