On April 3, Daylight Savings comes to an end in NSW, Victoria, South Australia, Tasmania and the ACT. For some reason, the obligatory clock readjustment tends to flummox otherwise intelligent people. Do you move the clock forward or backwards?? If you suffer from this embarrassing annual brain fart, here’s an old adage that will help you to permanently remember.
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The below saying is as old as the hills, but it would seem a lot of you have never encountered it judging by the number of people still confused by the process. It’s a wordplay on seasons which happens to correlate with the direction you move your clock.
“You ‘Spring’ forward, then you ‘Fall’ back.”
In other words, you move your clock forward one hour in Spring (when Daylight Savings starts) and move it back one hour in Autumn (when Daylight Savings ends.) Pretty foolproof, eh?
Okay, so we don’t actually say “Fall” in Australia, but this is one occasion when we’re willing to let an Americanism slip. If you’re one of those people who can’t remember which way the clock turns, commit the above saying to memory and you should be right as rain.
If you want to be anally punctual about it, the correct time to reset your clocks is 2am (3am Daylight Saving Time) on Sunday morning.