Daylight Savings Time: Which way to change your clocks
Daylight saving time is about to begin for most states in Australia, but after months of an hour extra sleep it’s easy to get confused about which way to turn your clocks.
The change kicks in for New South Wales, Victoria, South Australia, Tasmania and the ACT at 2am on October 7 – the first Sunday of the month.
In those locations, the time will shift forward an hour from 2am to 3am Daylight Time.
Most smart devices will automatically adjust to factor in the change in time, but residents living in the affected states should still manually switch all traditional time-keeping devices to avoid a mix-up.
The good news for those Australians living in Queensland, the Northern Territory or Western Australia is the clocks won’t change at all.
Those jurisdictions don’t observe daylight saving time.
The bi-annual change has once again spurred the daylight saving time debate, particularly in Queensland where it’s labelled a phenomenon that could “divide the state”.
Last month, Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk ruled out any move to introduce the system, saying she does not want to alienate rural Queenslanders who are opposed to it.
“There are very strong views on daylight saving – people in the south-east are generally more in favour. Those who live out in western and regional Queensland are against it,” she said.
“I am uniting Queensland. I am not going to divide Queensland.”
The last state referendum held on the issue was in 1992, with a move to implementing daylight saving time categorically defeated by a 54.5 precent ‘no’ vote.
Daylight savings time changes state-by-state
NSW, Victoria, Tasmania, ACT (Australian Eastern Daylight Time AEDT): Clocks move forward an hour from 2am October 7 until the first Sunday of April, 2019.
South Australia and the western NSW town of Broken Hill (Australian Central Daylight Time): Clocks move forward an hour from 2am October 7 until the first Sunday of April, 2019.
Queensland (Australian Eastern Standard Time AEST): Clocks remain the same as they have been.
Northern Territory (Australian Central Standard Time ACST): Clocks remain the same as they have been.
Western Australia (Australian Western Standard Time AWST): Clocks remain the same as they have been
Daylight savings time - upcoming international changes
New Zealand: Australia’s closest neighbouring nation enters daylight saving time on September 30 – the last Sunday of the month – when clocks will move forward an hour.
United Kingdom: The UK’s clocks will change on October 28 – the last Sunday of the month – when daylight saving time ends, until the last Sunday in March, 2019.
United States: The end to daylight saving time will fall on November 4 this year and last until the second Sunday in March, 2019.