Get Ready for Daylight Saving End in Australia
Daylight saving time is about to end in Australia, and you might soon be in the same time zone as your friends living in other states. Read on to learn more about the changes.
When Does It End?
The daylight saving time will end at 3 am on Sunday, April 2, in states that observe it. Every year, daylight saving ends on the first Sunday of April. On this day, clocks in states following daylight saving will move back by one hour, allowing you to enjoy an extra hour of sleep.
States That Do Not Observe It
The Northern Territory, Queensland, and Western Australia do not observe daylight saving time. Christmas Island and the Cocos (Keeling) Islands are also exempted from it, while Norfolk Island does switch over to daylight saving time.
How to Adjust Your Smartphone?
If you’re worried about adjusting your phone’s clock, there’s no need to fret. Most smartphones will automatically adjust to the time zone. Here’s how to adjust some phones:
- Android: Enter “clock app,” tap on “More,” go into settings, click on “Change date and time,” select “set time zone automatically,” then choose “Use location to set time zone.”
- Samsung: Click on “Settings,” go to “General Management,” select “Date and time,” and make sure “automatic date and time” is turned on.
Purpose of Daylight Saving
Daylight saving is meant to make the best use of the available daylight each day. It is observed during the summer season when days are longer, allowing to take advantage of the sunlight and higher temperatures. It is its opposite during winter when we get fewer daylight hours.
History and Implementation
Daylight saving was first introduced in Australia by Tasmania in 1916. With time, some states and territories dropped it, while some continued. The Australian Capital Territory, New South Wales, South Australia, Tasmania, and Victoria have followed it since 1971. In 2008, they started and ended on the same date, the first Sunday of October and the first Sunday of April, respectively.
Daylight Saving Across the World
Daylight saving is adopted by around 70 countries worldwide, including New Zealand, the UK, Switzerland, Lebanon, Egypt, and almost all the United States. Furthermore, the US passed the Sunshine Protection Act last year, making daylight saving permanent from 2023.
When Does it Begin Again?
If you’re excited about planning summer picnics, daylight saving will begin again on the first Sunday of October. On October 1, 2023, at 2 am, the daylight saving time will officially begin, and the clocks in the participating states will move forward to 3 am, Australian Eastern Daylight Time.