When does daylight saving end in Australia in 2023 and how long until it comes back? – ABC News

When does daylight saving end in Australia in 2023 and how long until it comes back? - ABC News

It’s almost time for daylight saving to come to an end, which means you might be more likely to be in the same time zone as your interstate mates.

Some states will be winding back their clocks, but others won’t. 

Here’s how to get your head around the changes.

When does daylight saving end in Australia?

This year, daylight saving will end at 2am on Sunday, April 2 in states that observe it.

Each year, daylight saving time ends at 2am on the first Sunday of April.

Are the clocks moving forwards or back?

Clocks in states observing daylight saving will be moved back by a hour – which means an extra hour’s sleep-in for your Sunday!

Which states observe daylight saving?

  • ACT
  • New South Wales
  • South Australia
  • Tasmania
  • Victoria

The Northern Territory, Queensland and Western Australia don’t observe daylight saving time.

Norfolk Island does switch over to daylight saving time, but Christmas Island and the Cocos (Keeling) Islands do not.

Do I have to change the time on my phone?

Probably not, because most smart phones will adjust to time zones automatically.

Here’s how to check if your smartphone does this:

Android: Go into the clock app, tap more and then go into settings. Then go into change date & time, select set time zone automatically and then select use location to set time zone.

iPhone: Open settings, select general, to go date & time and make sure set automatically is turned on

Samsung: Open settings, go to general management, select date and time and then make sure automatic date and time is turned on. This should mean your phone will automatically reflect the time depending on which state or territory you’re in.

What is the point of daylight saving?

The purpose of daylight saving is to make the most of the hours of daylight we’re given by the changing seasons.

The tilt that the Earth sits on gives us our four seasons but it also means that we’re exposed to more sun during the summer and less during winter.

So, when summer kicks in and the days get longer, many states set their clocks back an hour to make the most of the sunlight and higher temperatures.

On the flip side, when we’re coming into winter – like we are now – the Earth’s tilt means we get fewer sunlight hours.

Why doesn’t all of Australia observe daylight saving?

Because daylight saving is imposed at a state level, meaning it’s up to state and territory governments to decide if they want them or not.

Australia’s history with daylight saving starts all the way back in 1916 when Tasmania jumped on board. This was just after Germany started the practice as a way to conserve fuel during World War I.

For a time in the early 20th century all of Australia did follow daylight saving, but since then some states and territories have dropped it to suit their climate.

Tasmania, Victoria, the Australian Capital Territory, New South Wales and South Australia have followed it since 1971.

But only since 2008 have these states and territories started and finished on the same date: the first Sunday in October and first Sunday in April respectively.

Do any other countries do daylight saving?


Around 70 countries around the world are on board the daylight saving train including New Zealand, the UK, Switzerland, Lebanon, Egypt and almost all the United States.

The US is so committed to daylight saving that last year they passed the Sunshine Protection Act, which made daylight saving permanent from 2023.

Daylight saving is often more common in countries closer to the poles of the earth because that is where the seasonal difference in daylight hours is the most extreme.

When will daylight saving begin in 2023?

For those wanting to get a head start on planning summer picnics, daylight saving will begin again on the first Sunday in October.

Daylight saving time officially starts again for those states participating at 2am on October 1, 2022.

This is when clocks in those states are moved forward one hour, to 3am Australian Eastern Daylight Time.

Source: abc.net.au

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