What is Daylight Saving Time?
Daylight Saving Time (DST) is a seasonal time change measure where clocks are put ahead of standard time during part of year, usually be one hour. As DST starts, the sun rises and sets later, on the clock, than the day before.
Every year, on the first Sunday in October when local standard time reached 2am, most places in Australia change their clocks FORWARD by one hour, marking the beginning of Daylight Saving Time (DST).
On the first Sunday in April, at 2am, clocks are put BACK one hour marking the end of daylight savings.
In Australia, daylight savings is only observed in some states, including South Australia, Australian Capital Territory, Tasmania, New South Wales and Victoria.
Why daylight savings?
The reason some places observe DST is to make better use of daylight and to conserve energy. We change our clocks during the summer months to move an hour of daylight from the morning to the evening.
DST is only practiced in some countries (or certain states within those countries), with the beginning and end dates varying from one country to another.
What do I have to do?
When DST starts (or ends), most mobile phones and computers will change the time automatically for you. It's best to still check the settings to make sure you device is set to automatically update the time.
If you use an alarm clock or watch without an internet connection, don't forget to manually change the time before you go to bed.View all News