Since 1974 Apex Electrical have supplied commercial electrical services – let us protect your business with our test and tag program.

All of our Test and Tag staff are fully qualified electricians

As well as performing your Test and Tag requirements they are also equipped and able to rectify any issue they encounter for you.

Electrical hazards exist in almost all workplaces

Each year throughout Melbourne and Australia there are electrical accidents at work involving electric shock. These accidents may result in increased insurance premiums and legal proceedings.

Electrical Appliance Testing and Tagging is necessary in Australia and NZ to protect your staff and the public and adhere to strict occupational health and safety guidelines (AS/NZS 3760). The process of having your items test and tagged will involve qualified personnel attending site to complete the testing and record the results.

Apex Electrical have worked in the Electrical services industry since 1974 and employ over 100 electricians, mechanical fitters, tool makers and data technicians, and operates a service fleet of 25 vehicles.

Why Test and Tag?

Testing & tagging is compulsory in Australia to protect your staff and the public and to adhere to strict occupational health and safety guidelines (AS/NZS 3760). The owner or manager of a premises or business has a legal and ethical obligation to your staff and clients to provide regular appliance test and tagging.

Electrical Testing and tagging – legal requirements

An employer must take reasonable care to identify any foreseeable hazard that may arise from the conduct of the employer’s undertaking and that has the potential to harm the health
and safety of:

a. Any employee of the employer, or
b. Any other person legally at the employer’s place of work, or both

Extract from the OH&S act 2000

OH&S Inspectors are empowered to issue penalty notices and on the spot fines for non-compliance with AS/NZS 3760. Punishment varies between states however owners, managers and responsible people can face individual fines of up to $28,500 and/or imprisonment depending on the degree of seriousness.

You are considered the responsible person for appliance test tag if you are:
  • The owner of the premises; or
  • The manager of a business
  • The owner of the electrical equipment; or
  • A person who has a legal responsibility for the safety of electrical equipment within the scope of the Standard AS/NZS 3670:2010
Test & Tag schedules

The nature of your workplace will determine how often you need to undertake appliance testing and tagging services but you must ensure all plug-in electrical equipment and extension leads be visually inspected regularly for wear and mechanical damage and tested in accordance with AS/NZS 3760 for earth continuity and insulation resistance or leakage current.

As a general rule, an appliance that forms part of a hazardous environment will need to be tested more regularly than one that does not. It is up to the appliance tester to determine where the environment and item should be assessed under the relevant Standards and or Workcover guidelines.

View typical schedule for Electrical Testing and Tagging in Melbourne

Please keep in mind the following aspects when referencing the above table for appliance test tag-

  • Multiple environments may exit within the one workplace. For example, An office classification and a laboratory classification may exist within a factory establishment
  • Regulatory Authorities, other standards, workplace safety requirements or manufacturers’ instructions may specify intervals appropriate to particular industries or specific types of equipment for appliance test tag
  • All equipment should be inspected and tested prior to initial introduction to service. When the equipment is new, the supplier or manufacturer sis deemed responsible for the initial electrical safety of the item. In most cases, new appliances can remain un-tagged within the workplace for up to one year but you should retain documentation stating the purchase and installation date as proof of this.
Certificate of Compliance – Reporting Compliance

Appliance Testing & Tagging is more than just placing a sticker on a lead. In addition to the test and tag, you are required to also keep records of inspections, tests and maintenance. This includes a Certificate of Compliance, test results and where applicable, risk assessment reports.

These test and tag reports must be produced within 24 hours of a request being made by an inspector. An inspector will require documentation to show that your site has undergone testing and tagging by a certified company such as Apex Electrical.

Apex Electrical & Communications

Head Office Port Melbourne – (03) 8420 3333

Penrith NSW Office – (02) 4722 6678

Brisbane QLD Office – (07) 5537 9274


Office Hours: 8:00 to 17:00 Monday - Friday