Ultimately it is the building owner or tenant that is responsible for ensuring compliance of the emergency and exit lighting within their building 

Emergency and exit lights must be installed, wired and tested by a licensed electrician with an understanding of the AS2293.1 standard and THE APPLICABLE BUILDING OR CONSTRUCTION CODE.

It is important that the company engaged to manage compliance has access to the appropriate baseline data for managing the emergency lighting assets. They must be trained in the use of any automatic or computerised system installed to ensure efficient operation and that any replacement fittings match the system requirements. 

All exits and emergency lights must be inspected and tested every 6 months to ensure they run for 90 minutes on battery by simulating a loss of power. The results of the duration test, any defects/non-conformances and maintenance history shall be recorded in a paper or digital log book.  

There are three types of testing methods depending on the installation in your building 

  • Manual Testing Method – Power is removed from the fittings and a walk through the site is completed at 90 minutes to ensure all lights are still illuminated. 
  • Self Test Method – Fittings automatically test every six months and results are recorded via LED indicator. A walk through is completed within 7 days to check the LED indicators on each fitting. 
  • Computerised Automatic System – Fittings automatically test every six months or on demand and a report is produced to show the status of each fitting. 
A log book is either a hard copy book or digital version that contains all the information About the emergency and exit lighting in your building.

It contains information about the type of lights, their installed locations including installed date, tested dates, any maintenance carried out and who completed the work. With the CleverSparky App, a free digital logbook that allows you to compile all this information online and store in the cloud,  then update records and access information when you need it. 

Test Reports and Maintence Records are required to be kept for a period of seven years.

Emergency and exit lighting is an essential life safety device and the non-compliance with regulations regarding its correct installation and maintenance jeopardises the safety of building occupants. There is a legal requirement to comply with NCC and AS2293 and the WH&S legislation (OH&S in Victoria and WA) treats a serious breach as an indictable offence and carries a maximum penalty of $3 million for a corporation and a significant financial penalty and up to 5 years imprisonment for individuals. 

Every exit sign and emergency light will have a visible LED Charge indicator in either a red or green colour.  

If the indicator light is on it means that there is power to the fitting and that the battery is being charged. If the charge light is not illuminated it means that either there is no power to the fitting or it has suffered a control gear failure. Each fitting will also have a test button next to the indicator, holding this button down will momentarily put the fitting into battery mode.  

Ideally steps should be taken to ensure an emergency lighting system is in perfect health an all fittings are in operation at all times.

If you notice any fittings that are not working and pose a risk to occupant safety, you should report them to the maintenance contractor or other responsible party. 

That being said the twice-yearly scheduled duration tests will identify faults and list any defects or non-conformances for corrective action. Demonstrating proof that the required repairs identified during the duration test have been carried out is enough to demonstrate compliance. 


The market leader in emergency and exit lighting in Australia and New Zealand is Clevertronics

You can visit the Clevertronics website to find out about the different products, systems and applications for Emergency lightings. If you would like to discuss your requirements further you can contact one of their branches to get specialised advice or organise a site audit by one of the team members.