The Association defines its goal as to "foster the growth of a professional and value adding compliance testing resource to serve the needs of Australian industry."
To this end, ECTA involves itself in a range of activities, such as:
- sharing of information through activities such as interpretation working groups and internal and external education
- promotion of the value of testing results obtained from appropriately accredited test houses
- participation in standards writing committees and working groups
- provision of advice to Government on policy issues
- provision of advice to Industry on compliance and approval issues
- enhancement of the international competitiveness of Australian Industry by promoting compliance with internationally harmonised standards
- promotion of the professional development of the membership
- development and enforcement of a Code of Ethics; and
- such activities as approved by the committee and which are of benefit to the industry.
Member laboratories provide testing services to the public in a variety of areas, testing equipment to Australian and International Standards.
- electrical safety
- electromagnetic compatibility
- electromagnetic radiation
- electromedical equipment
- energy efficiency labelling
- environmental performance
- gas appliances
- lighting equipment
- performance ratings; and
ECTA also nominates members to serve on relevant Committees of Standards Australia and to make representations to government inquiries.