Daylight Saving Time: Will the clocks go forward or back tonight? New times in New South Wales, Victoria, Queensland and other states
Millions of Australians will have to change their clocks as Daylight Saving Time begins across the country, forcing many to lose an hour of sleep.
In some parts of Australia the time will move forward 60 minutes from 2am to 3am on Sunday October 1st.
Residents in New South Wales, Victoria, Tasmania, the ACT and South Australia will lose an extra hour of sleep thanks to the nightly time jump.
Millions of Australians will lose an hour of sleep on Sunday as daylight saving time resets until April 2024
Daylight saving time ends on Sunday, April 7, 2024, when those affected will get an hour of sleep again.
The one-hour jump forward means Australians can enjoy an extra hour of sunshine to enjoy the warmer summer days.
Not all states and territories in Australia observe daylight saving time.
Queensland, the Northern Territory, Western Australia, Christmas Island and the Cocos-Keeling Islands are not taking part in the change.
The time changes automatically on most internet-connected devices.
Users must manually set devices such as analog clocks and older technologies that show time forward 60 minutes.
When Daylight Saving Time comes into effect, NSW, Victoria and Tasmania will observe Australian Eastern Daylight Time [AEDT] to indicate the easternmost time zone in Australia during daylight saving time.
Norfolk Island will be one hour ahead of Norfolk Island Daylight Time, while South Australia has moved to Australian Central Daylight Time and will remain half an hour behind AEDT.
Those living in areas without Daylight Saving Time will be behind in time compared to most eastern states.
Queensland will be an hour behind the AEDT states, while the Northern Territory will be an hour and a half behind.
WA residents will be three hours behind their AEDT counterparts.
Residents of Sydney (Sydney Harbour, pictured) will be among the millions of Australians who switch to Daylight Saving Time at 2am on Sunday morning
Daylight saving time timeline
Daylight saving time was first proposed by George Vernon Hudson in 1895.
The New Zealand insect expert suggested moving the time forward by two hours in October and changing it again in March.
Port Arthur, Canada, was the first place to adopt daylight saving time in 1908.
Australia adopted daylight saving time during World War I and World War II to conserve resources for the war effort.
Tasmania became the first state to go one hour ahead in 1967.
Most states and territories in Australia introduced the system in 1971.
Queensland, WA and the Northern Territory dropped the move after lagging behind for several years.
Queensland ended daylight saving time in 1972, but tried again between 1989 and 1992 before residents voted “no” in a 1992 referendum on daylight saving time.
WA abolished the time change in 2006.
Daylight saving time has been a controversial system since its introduction during World War I and World War II.
Most states and territories were forced to switch to daylight saving time in 1971, but Queensland opted out the following year.
Sunshine State residents remain divided on the issue, but a recent poll found two-thirds of Queenslanders wanted daylight saving time to be reinstated.
More than half of voters supported scrapping the measure when Queensland held a referendum on daylight saving time in 1992.
University of Queensland Senior Lecturer in Human Geography, Dr. Thomas Sigler, who conducted the survey, said Courier mail There was strong support among residents for returning to daylight saving time.
“Preliminary results show 67 per cent of Queenslanders are in favour,” Dr said. Sigler.
“Everything north of Bundaberg and west of Toowoomba, delete it and 80 per cent are in favour.”
Dr. Sigler said Daylight Saving Time has become a political issue, not just a geographical one, as locals in the southeastern part of the state have advocated for moving the time forward by an hour.
He said a significant cohort of Queensland’s population would not have voted in the referendum in the 1990s, meaning current views may not reflect existing law.
“Next year, literally no one under 50 would have voted in that first referendum,” he said.
Queenslanders have had a contentious relationship with daylight saving time after residents voted “no” in a 1992 referendum. However, a new poll has found more than half of Queensland residents want the measure reintroduced (Brisbane CBD pictured).