Daylight Saving Time
Australia Daylight Saving Time
Summer Time in Australia
Daylight Saving Time is the practice of advancing clocks one hour during the summer months of the year. In Australia, Daylight Saving Time is observed in New South Wales , Victoria , South Australia , Tasmania , and the Australian Capital Territory .
Australia Daylight Saving Time begins at 2am (AEST) on the first Sunday in October and ends at 2am (AEST) (which is 3am Australian Eastern Daylight Time) on the first Sunday in April.
Where Daylight Saving Time is observed:
- AEST becomes Australian Eastern Daylight Time (AEDT), and clocks are advanced to GMT +11.
- ACST becomes Australian Central Daylight Time (ACDT), and clocks are advanced to GMT +10 ½.
- Daylight Saving Time is NOT observed in Queensland, the Northern Territory or Western Australia.
Daylight Saving Time (DST) has been implemented within Australia in various forms since the early 1900s.
The following sections provide more detailed information
LST - Local Standard Time
The globe is divided into Standard time zones and Local Standard Time is the time specified for each zone. This is usually done in terms of hours ahead or behind GMT. The LST zones in Australia are as follows:
AEST - Australian Eastern Standard Time (GMT +10) in Queensland, New South Wales, Victoria and Tasmania
ACST - Australian Central Standard Time (GMT +9.5) in Northern Territories and South Australia
AWST - Australian Western Standard Time (GMT +8) in Western Australia.
Within Australia DST across the three time zones is generally denoted by
AEDT - Australian Eastern Daylight Time
AEDT Daylight Saving Dates
At start of daylight saving period, move clock forward one hour at 2 am EST (Eastern Standard Time).
At end of daylight saving period, move clock back one hour at 2 am EST (Eastern Standard Time).
ACDT - Australian Central Daylight Time
AWDT - Australian Western Daylight Time
Experimentally in use between 2006 - 2009 and then abandoned.
Normally this is the same as Local Standard Time, but in periods of Daylight Saving an hour is added to the local clock, making Local Time an hour ahead of Local Standard Time (i.e. Local time = DST).