Priority Planning FAQ

Priority Planning Forum – FAQ

In 2017, RISSB redesigned the PPF process into an online information and project prioritisation system. This page provides answers to stakeholder’s questions and will be updated as the need arises over the course of the PPF.

New stakeholder questions should be submitted to or via our ‘Ask RISSB About the Products page.

Why has RISSB moved to an on-line forum and priority ranking system rather than a ‘in-person’ forum?

The previous process used for determining priority projects was not reflective of all of industry’s needs for a number of reasons:

  • It disproportionately favoured the host city, which naturally provided more attendees;
  • A low turnout at forums resulted in a vote that was not truly representative of the cross section of industry;
  • The cost to RISSB and industry stakeholders associated with event staging was extensive;
  • The Board felt that projects were prioritised more on the effectiveness of the “selling” of a project that took place on the day, rather than the individual merit of each project; and
  • The forum did not take into consideration the views of the industry stakeholders such as ATSB or government departments.

How long will the online forum and ranking period run for?

The forum will take place over a four-week period comprising a two-week information period followed by a two-week ranking period. During the information period all new product development proposals will be made available on RISSB’s website.

The initial two-week information period is scheduled to begin on March 4, with the two-week ranking period due to commence on March 18 and end on March 31

How will industry votes / rankings be counted?

All interested individuals are entitled to participate and to rank RISSB’s proposed new products in order of importance from highest to lowest priority. Number 1 is assigned to the product that is deemed to be of the highest priority to industry. Once voting closes, a pre-determined industry / member weighting is then applied to arrive at a priority order for RISSB’s future work plan.

Note: Industry / member weighting is designed to reflect member’s strong commitment to the outcomes and ideals of the forum, and closely matches similar weightings that applied before the change to the online format.

I have an idea for a new product, can I put it up for consideration?

We welcome all ideas for new products. To be considered in the coming financial year’s work plan, please complete a RISSB product proposal and prioritisation form and email it to by midday, 14 February 2019.

I have an idea for a new product, but I’ve missed the PPF submissions cut-off date

RISSB encourages all stakeholders (RISSB members, industry participants, members of the public) to submit proposals for the consideration of the following year’s PPF. Any submissions received throughout the year will be noted, reviewed and put forward for prioritisation in the following year.

What happens after I submit a new product development proposal?

The proposal is reviewed by a Standing Committee.  Submissions are then made publicly available during the information and ranking periods on RISSB’s website. RISSB’s Standards Development Procedures provide a comprehensive explanation of the approach taken by RISSB in developing an Australian Standard, code, rule and guideline.

I’m not sure what information to include in the product proposal and prioritisation form

We’ve prepared a prepared a considered guide to help you complete the form. Please read the completing a RISSB product proposal guide for more information. If, after reading the form,  you are still unsure about what information to provide, please email

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