Representative sought for Water Microbiology Standards Committee - RSVP by 15/06/2018

June 5, 2018

WaterRA has had a representative on the Australian Standards Committee FT20 Water Microbiology since 2015. This representative has recently stepped down, and we are inviting expressions of interest from our industry, research or general member organisations who see value in being on this committee.

The nominee is likely to be required to: attend two or three meetings (in one of the state capitals) per year; participate in teleconferences; interact with the committee via email or phone.

Ideally, the representative should have a high level of experience in water microbiology, specifically in relation to the practical application of current analytical methods and method development. In addition to the technical aspects, the representative would also represent/advocate on behalf of WaterRA and report back to the WaterRA Board as necessary.

The benefit to the WaterRA Member is the opportunity to influence the content of these Standards as well as the creation of new projects. For the representative, the networking opportunities are considerable.

FT20 develops and reviews standard methods for analysing water of various types for indicator, pathogenic and other microorganisms. The committee is responsible for the AS 4276 series of Standards, AS 2031 (sampling for microbiological analysis) and Legionella Standards (AS 3896 and AS 5132). In addition, FT-020 is a mirror committee of an International Standards Organisation (ISO) committee, designated ISO/TC 147/SC 4 Microbiological Methods. As Standards Australia is a participating member of this ISO committee, members of FT 20 are also involved in the development of relevant international standards.

The work the committee is currently involved with is:

The current projects of the committee are as follows:

  • Project Id: 103951 – Draft AS 4276.5 Water microbiology, Method 5: Coliforms, Escherichia coli and thermotolerant coliforms - Membrane filtration method (Revisions of AS/NZS 4276.5-2007 AS/NZS 4276.7-2007, amalgamated)
  • Project Id: 103953 – Draft AS 4276.9 Water microbiology, Method 9: Enterococci in Water by Membrane Filtration Using membrane — Enterococcus Indoxyl-β-D-Glucoside Agar (mEI) (Revision of AS/NZS 4276.9-2007)
  • Project Id: 103954 – Draft AS 4276.21 – Water microbiology, Method 21: Examination for coliforms and Escherichia coli - Determination of most probable number (MPN) using enzyme hydrolysable substrates (ISO 9308-2:2012, MOD) (Revision of AS 4276.21:2005)
  • Project Id:103955 - Draft AS 4276.22 Water microbiology, Method 22: Water quality—Enumeration of Escherichia coli and coliform bacteria—Membrane filtration method for waters with low bacterial background flora (ISO 9308-1:2014/Amd1:2016, MOD) (Revision of AS/NZS 4276.22-2007)

The next meeting is in Melbourne on 18 and 19 July 2018.

If you would like to nominate someone from your organisation for this Committee, please send an email to - with a short bio of the nominee (no more than two pages) that provides details of relevant expertise and suitability - by Friday 15th June 2018. It is essential that the nominee have the support of their employer to take part in this committee.

Nominations will be reviewed by the WaterRA Board, and the successful nominee advised as soon as possible thereafter.


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