The first Sunday of October is when Daylight Savings begins in New South Wales, Victoria, South Australia, Tasmania and the ACT. Here’s when to reset your clock (and which way to move it.)
When does Australian Daylight Saving Time start?
Australian Daylight Saving Time officially starts at 2am on 6 October AEST. For those who forget how this works, you need to move your clock forward an hour. Unfortunately, this means we all miss out on an hour of sleep. (But hey, at least it’s the weekend.)
If you have trouble remembering which way to set your clock, commit the following saying to memory:
“You ‘Spring’ forward, then you ‘Fall’ back.”
In other words, you move the clock forward one hour in the Spring and move it back one hour during the “Fall” (which is what yanks call Autumn.) We realise it’s technically possible to spring backwards and fall forwards too, but let’s not overthink things, okay?
All of your connected devices should reset their clocks automatically, but it’s worth double checking – especially if you have an international trip scheduled. In short, don’t miss your flight because Google forgot to adjust your phone’s clock!
Daylight saving time starts this weekend in most states and territories (barring Queensland, Western Australia and the Northern Territory), meaning we'll turn our clocks forward by one hour on Sunday morning. "Spring forward, fall back" is a good prompt to remember which way to wind. But what appears to be a simple procedure each spring and fall does not immediately change our body clock time.Read more