Everything you need to know about Daylight Saving in Australia

Many international students who come to study in Australia get to know about a new term they never hear of before “Daylight Saving”?

Does that mean we save the Daylight? or does it mean using solar panels to capture daylight in the summer days?

Well, none of that.

So in this article, we are explaining everything you need to know about Daylight Saving in Australia.

What is Daylight Saving?


Daylight Saving Time (DST) is advancing the clocks one hour forward during the summer months. The idea behind daylight saving is to enjoy one extra hour of daylight in the evenings.

It makes your day feeling longer and also helps to save the consumption of electricity and hence helping the planet a bit.

When did it first started?


The idea was first proposed by George Hudson, an astronomer from New Zealand in 1895.

However, it was first used by the residents of Port Arthur, Ontario, Canada in 1908.

Australia first observed its Daylight Saving Time (DST) in 1916. Although it wasn’t until 1967 when the practice of daylight saving became more regular after drought in Tasmania. Other states picked up the practice in 1970s.

It might be surprise for some that Australia is not the only country that observes daylight saving. There are 70 countries around the world that participate in the daylight saving.

Which states and territories recognise daylight savings in Australia?


In Australia, these states and territories recognise the daylight savings:

✔️ New South Wales

✔️ Victoria

✔️ Tasmania

✔️ South Australia

✔️ Australian Capital Territory

So if you are living in:

❌ Queensland

❌ Northern Territory

❌ Western Australia

You don’t need to worry about daylight saving except when travelling interstate or dealing with people from those states and territories with daylight savings.

When does Daylight saving start and end in Australia?


In Australia, Daylight saving start at 2 am on the first Sunday of October and end at 2 am on the first Sunday of April.

In 2020, the daylight saving start on 4th October 2020 and it will end on 4th April 2021.

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What should I do?


If you are living in any of the states and territories in Australia we mentioned above, then all you need to do is forward your clock by 1 hour on first Sunday of October and move it backwards on first Sunday of April.

You usually don’t need to change the time on your mobile devices as it is automatically changed by your mobile network provider.

If you are living in other parts of Australia that does not recognise daylight saving, then you don’t need to do anything.

You lose an hour of sleep when daylight saving starts but you get it back when the daylight saving ends.

Does this affect your health?


Although, some reports do suggest that it can disrupt your sleeping pattern, food habits, appetite etc. temporarily.

There is no scientific evidence that it poses serious threats to your body. You might feel a bit tired due to lack of sleep when daylight saving starts. It can take some time for your body to adjust to the new timing as well.

What do you think about Daylight Saving? Do you like it or not? Give your thoughts in the comments below.