Test Tag Colour Codes

What does the colour-coding on electrical test tags mean?

Coloured test tags are used to identify the period in which an appliance was last tested.

The main purpose of colour coding test tags is to make it easy to tell at a glance when an item was last tested, without needing to read the test date written on the tag.

Do I have to use colour coded test tags?

In NSW, only business which operate on construction sites need to use colour coded test tags. Other industries may find coloured test tags useful, but it is not a Workcover NSW requirement.

Where do I find the rules about coloured test tags?

AS/NZS 3012:2010 specifies which colour test tags should be used for particular periods.

Which months are represented by the different colours?

  Red   December to February
  Green   March to May
  Blue   June to August
  Yellow   September to November
  No colour   Yearly tagging, 5-yearly, etc.


Sydney Electrical Appliance Testing specialises in the inspection and testing of all types of portable electrical appliances in New South Wales. Sydney Appliance Testing conducts testing and tagging in accordance with Australian Standard AS/NZS 3760.

Qualified electrical test and tag technicians who have an excellent knowledge of testing and tagging regulations and standards as they apply in NSW use specialised appliance testing instruments to test for invisible electrical faults, as well as completing a thorough visual inspection.

Why is Electrical Testing and Tagging of appliances so important for businesses in NSW?

  • All businesses in NSW have a duty of care to their staff under the
    amp;S Act, which in enforced by Workcover NSW.
  • Electrical Testing and Tagging of appliances helps minimise manager's risk of fines and imprisonment arising from a breach of electrical safety laws
  • Electrical Testing and Tagging of appliances helps to keep your insurance premiums low

NSW test and tag specialists Sydney Electrical Appliance Testing are committed to helping you to comply with your obligations under the WHS Act. We offer test and tag services which comply with Australian Standard 3760.

Please contact us if you have any questions, or to book a technician.

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