Expression of Interest to Join the Physical Performance Testing Accreditation Advisory Committee

29 September 2020

The Physical Performance Testing Accreditation Advisory Committee (PPT AAC) advises NATA on technical issues related to mechanical, material, and performance evaluation of products and equipment.

The PPT AAC is currently seeking expressions of interest from persons qualified and experienced in the following areas of expertise to join the Committee.  The number of positions to be filled will be dependent on the breadth of experience of the successful nominees:

  • Mechanical and microstructural testing of metals and welds, springs, fasteners, tools, etc.;
  • Testing of wool, textiles, and synthetic fabrics;
  • Lifting gear, i.e. load handling, rigging, and tensioning systems;
  • Components for building envelopes, framing, interior lining, windows & doors, timber, glass, gypsum, wall panels;
  • Vehicle safety testing and Australian Design Rules (ADR) requirements;
  • Structural assemblies including ladders, racks, scaffolds, and supports;
  • Personnel protection equipment, restraints, access protection products;
  • Fire testing of building products & materials and consumer products, and performance evaluation of fire mitigation systems;
  • Physical testing of elastomers, plastics, rubber, etc.
  • Controlled environments testing, e.g. clean rooms, biological safety cabinets, fume cupboards, HEPA filters, air conditioning and ventilation systems, etc.

Current PPT AAC members holding these positions may reapply, subject to not already having held three terms on the committee.

Committee members are appointed for their knowledge and technical expertise.  The duties of a committee member include:

  • review of NATA’s Accreditation Criteria applicable to physical performance testing;
  • review of assessment reports for applicant and accredited facilities, where required;
  • provision of advice on technical issues arising from assessment activity; and,
  • review and approval of the appointment of technical assessors.

Further information about the role and structure of NATA’s technical committees is available on the Technical Committees page.

Positions are honorary with the initial term of appointment being five years.  Reappointment for three years may be possible following the initial term.

The Committee convenes at 12 to 24 month intervals and NATA covers all costs for travel and accommodation.

Applicants must:

  • hold suitable qualifications and have a minimum of 10 years practical experience in their area(s) of expertise;
  • be committed to accreditation and familiar with NATA’s accreditation requirements through either practical experience in an accredited facility or experience as a NATA technical assessor;
  • be committed to abide by NATA’s policies, including the need to maintain confidentiality, be objective, act impartially, and to declare any conflicts of interest; and,
  • prepare for and attend AAC meetings.

Expressions of interest should include a current resume along with a cover letter addressing the requirements/attributes detailed above and detailing why you wish to join the Committee. 

Applications can be provided to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., Sector Manager - Materials, Assets and Products.

Applications will close on 27 October 2020 and will be considered by the current members of the PPT AAC.  Final approval of AAC membership rests with the NATA Board.