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Australia and New Zealand Daylight Saving Time 2012


Published 17-Sep-2012

Daylight saving time (DST) starts in Australia (except some areas) on Sunday, October 7, 2012, when clocks spring forward 1 hour from (02:00) local time to 3am (03:00). New Zealand started DST one week earlier on Sunday, September 30, 2012.

Harbour Bridge in Sydney, Australia

Sydney will start DST on Sunday, October 7, 2012, along with many other Australian cities.


Where do the clocks turn?

These places will start Daylight Saving Time in the early hours of Sunday, October 7, 2012:

Australians in these areas do not observe DST:

Upcoming DST changes world wide

DST ends again in Australia and New Zealand on Sunday, 7 April 2013

Clocks spring forward in these places in the early hours of Sunday, September 30, 2012:

Several Time Zones

Australia has different time zones due to its large geographical size.

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What does DST mean in Australia?

Australians who welcome DST see many advantages, such as having more afternoon daylight for outdoor activities, which could be a boost to tourism. On the other hand, there are those would prefer not to have DST due to health concerns and other reasons.

There was a push for DST in both Queensland and Western Australia in recent years but both states said “No” to daylight saving time.

Some media refer to daylight saving time as “daylight savings time” or "summer time". However, “daylight saving time” is considered to be correct.

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