Australia's Daylight Saving Times


Australia has 3 time zones: Eastern (+10 UTC), Central (+9.5 UTC) and Western (+8 UTC). The current time in Brisbane (Eastern zone).

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Dates for Daylight Saving in Australia

Queensland, the Northern Territory and Western Australia do not participate in Daylight Saving - such enlightened souls? Which means that Australia has both horizontal and vertical time zones in summer!!

New South Wales, Victoria, Australian Capital Territory and Tasmania

  • begins at 2am on Sunday 27 August 2000. Clocks should be turned forward one hour to read 3am.
  • ends at 3am on Sunday 25 March 2001. Clocks should be turned back one hour to read 2am (Australian Eastern Standard Time).
  • For the next few years, the start and stop DST dates for NSW, ACT, Vic and SA would be
    28 October 2001 to 31 March 2002
    27 October 2002 to 30 March 2003
    26 October 2003 to 28 March 2004
    31 October 2004 to 27 March 2005
  • For the next few years, the start and stop DST dates for Tasmania would be
    7 October 2001 to 31 March 2002
    6 October 2002 to 30 March 2003
    5 October 2003 to 28 March 2004
    3 October 2004 to 27 March 2005
  • In NSW, "summer time period" means a period starting at 2am on the last Sunday in October in each year and ending at 2am [for the 2nd time] on the last Sunday in the following March. This year, daylight saving will start much earlier in NSW, Victoria, Tasmania and ACT (but not SA) to assist the Olympics. More information. We'll have fun during this period - have a look.
  • YancOwinna (also known as Broken Hill) is in NSW, but adheres to South Australian time including daylight savings time.
  • South Australia

  • begins at 2am on Sunday 29 October 2000. Clocks should be turned forward one hour to read 3am.
  • ends at 3am on Sunday 25 March 2001. Clocks should be turned back one hour to read 2am (Australian Eastern Standard Time).
  • Yancowinna (also known as Broken Hill) is in NSW, but adheres to South Australian time including daylight savings time.
  • This year, daylight saving will start much earlier in NSW, Victoria, Tasmania and ACT (but not SA) to assist the Olympics. More information. We'll have fun during this period - have a look.
  • For the next few years, the start and stop DST dates for SA would be
    28 October 2001 to 31 March 2002
    27 October 2002 to 30 March 2003
    26 October 2003 to 28 March 2004
    31 October 2004 to 27 March 2005
  • Lord Howe Island, Norfolk Island, Australian Antarctic Areas and others

    If you are travelling to any of these destinations, please check the local time with your travel agent.

    Australia governs several other territories including
  • Lord Howe Island is an Australian territory 700 km north east of Sydney. Nearby areas include Admiralty Islands, Mutton Bird Islands, and Ball`s Pyramid. The timezone is 30 minutes ahead of Australian Eastern Standard Time. Note that in Summer, clocks are turned forward 30 minutes, so that time is the same as Sydney (AEDT). So standard time is UTC+10:30, and daylight saving time is UTC+11:00. Dates for DST cutover are the same as NSW (see above). However, this is not the case for 2000. Sydney is changing to DST in August for the Olympics. Lord Howe will changeover to DST on 29 October 2000.
  • Norfolk Island in the Pacific Ocean - its timezone is one and a half hours ahead of Australian Eastern Standard Time (11.5 hours ahead of UTC) and it has no daylight saving.
  • Nepean and Phillip Island (near Norfolk Island) - time is the same as Norfolk Time which is 11.5 hours ahead of UTC and there is no daylight saving.
  • In the Indian Ocean:
    Cocos (Keeling) Islands - its timezone is three and a half hours behind Australian Eastern Standard Time (6.5 hours ahead of UTC). There is no daylight saving.
    Christmas Island - its timezone is three hours behind Australian Eastern Standard Time (7 hours ahead of UTC). There is no daylight saving.
    Territory of Ashmore and Cartier Islands - timezone is two hours behind Australian Eastern Standard Time (8 hours ahead of UTC). There is no daylight saving.
  • In the Southern Ocean:
    Heard Island - time is five hours behind Australian Eastern Standard Time and five hours ahead of UTC. No daylight saving is used.
    McDonald Islands - time is five hours behind Australian Eastern Standard Time and five hours ahead of UTC. No daylight saving is used.
    Macquarie Island - time is the same as Tasmania - this is ten hours ahead of UTC. The station changes over to daylight saving time when Tasmania does - see above.
  • Australian Antarctic Territory - there are three main stations, and according to the information from the Australian Antarctic Division:
    Davis - time is three hours behind Australian Eastern Standard Time and seven hours ahead of UTC. No daylight saving is used.
    Mawson - time is four hours behind Australian Eastern Standard Time and six hours ahead of UTC. No daylight saving is used.
    Casey - time is two hours behind Australian Eastern Standard Time and eight hours ahead of UTC. This is the same timezone as Western Australia. No daylight saving is used.
  • Thanks to Thomas Bork, and the Australian Antarctic Division website for providing much of the information about time in Australia's remote territories.


    When it is 8am in Sydney...

    The time it will be in Sunday 25 March 00 til Saturday 26 Aug 00 (no daylight saving in Australia) Sunday 27 Aug 00 til Saturday 28 Oct 00 (daylight saving in NSW, Vic, Tas and ACT) Olympics Sunday 29 Oct 00 til Saturday 24 March 01 (daylight saving in NSW, Vic, Tas, ACT and SA) Sunday 25 March 01 til Saturday 6 October 01 (no daylight saving) Sunday 7 October 01 til Saturday 27 October 01 (daylight saving in Tas)
    Brisbane, Townsville, Cairns (Qld) 8am 7am 7am 8am 8am
    Sydney, (NSW) Canberra (ACT) 8am 8am 8am 8am 8am
    Melbourne (Vic) 8am 8am 8am 8am 8am
    Hobart (Tas) 8am 8am 8am 8am 9am
    Adelaide (SA) 7:30am 6:30am 7:30am 7:30am 7:30am
    Perth (WA) 6am 5am 5am 6am 6am
    Darwin, Alice Springs (NT) 7:30am 6:30am 6:30am 7:30am 7:30am


    When it is 8am in Brisbane...

    The time it will be in Sunday 25 March 00 til Saturday 26 Aug 00 (no daylight saving in Australia) Sunday 27 Aug 00 til Saturday 28 Oct 00 (daylight saving in NSW, Vic, Tas and ACT) Olympics Sunday 29 Oct 00 til Saturday 24 March 01 (daylight saving in NSW, Vic, Tas, ACT and SA) Sunday 25 March 01 til Saturday 6 October 01 (no daylight saving) Sunday 7 October 01 til Saturday 27 October 01 (daylight saving in Tas)
    Brisbane, Townsville, Cairns (Qld) 8am 8am 8am 8am 8am
    Sydney, (NSW) Canberra (ACT) 8am 9am 9am 8am 8am
    Melbourne (Vic) 8am 9am 9am 8am 8am
    Hobart (Tas) 8am 9am 9am 8am 9am
    Adelaide (SA) 7:30am 7:30am 8:30am 7:30am 7:30am
    Perth (WA) 6am 6am 6am 6am 6am
    Darwin, Alice Springs (NT) 7:30am 7:30am 7:30am 7:30am 7:30am


    Further sources of information about Australian daylight saving

    More information on daylight saving may be obtained from

    Government Records and Legislation

    General

    History of Daylight Saving


    GMT and UTC

    GMT (Greenwich Mean Time) is no longer used for representing time as it is not precise enough. Its use does persist in our language, and I had chosen to include it in these pages until recently. The legally-correct representation for time is UTC or Universal Time Coordinated. This is a very precise method of time calculation based on the atomic second. Note that timezones are the same in GMT or UTC as they both have the same zero point, the Greenwich Meridian, ie. +10 GMT means the same as +10 UTC.

    This article (MS Word doc) from the Australian National Standards Commission gives an excellent introduction to different time scales including UTC, and the Australian Time System.


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