It’s that time of year again. Daylight Saving Time commences across Australia and clocks go forward. 

From 2am on Sunday morning, 2 October, clocks will need to go forward by an hour to 3am, meaning you will lose an hour of sleep.

For analogue clocks and household appliances such as ovens, microwaves and dishwashers, as well as car clocks these changes will need to be made manually.

However, smartphones and computers should all automatically adjust to the updated Daylight Saving Time, with clocks jumping from 1:59am to 3am at the change of the hour.

The changes mean sunrise and sunset will be pushed back an hour during Daylight Saving Time, which allows more light later in the evening.

We lose an hour of sleep with the start of daylight saving

In Australia, Daylight Saving Time or Summer Time is used in the Australian Capital Territory, New South Wales, South Australia, Tasmania and Victoria. 

Australia daylight saving time begins on the first Sunday in October at 2 AM Eastern Standard Time and ends on the first Sunday in April at 2 AM Eastern Standard Time (3 AM Daylight Saving Time).

Daylight Saving Time is not used in the Northern Territory, Queensland and Western Australia.

In most of Australia the Daylight Saving Time period is referred to as “Summer Time.” The names in each time zone change along with Daylight Saving Time. As an example:

Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST) becomes Australian Eastern Daylight Time (AEDT)

Australian Central Standard Time (ACST) becomes Australian Central Daylight Time (ACDT)

Daylight Saving Time ends at 2am (3am Daylight Saving Time) on the first Sunday in April (April 2, 2023) when clocks are put back one hour.

Be sure not to get caught out this weekend with the time changes, and make sure to be on time to your NRL Grand Final plans, whatever they may be.

Tim Warren