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South Australia Extends Daylight Saving Time


Published 28-Apr-2009

South Australia will permanently extend its daylight saving schedule following the success of an extended daylight saving trial that occurred in the 2008–2009 period. The new daylight saving period will match the daylight saving dates of many of Australia’s eastern states, as well as the Australian Capital Territory (ACT).

South Australia’s Industrial Relations Minister Paul Caica announced on April 28, 2009, that the state’s daylight saving time (DST) would start on the first Sunday of October and finish on the first Sunday of April each year. These dates were confirmed after the success of South Australia’s extended daylight saving trial, which ran from October 5, 2008, to April 5, 2009.

Sunrise on Yorke Peninsula South Australia

The daylight saving schedule in South Australia is permanently extended. Areas such as the Yorke Peninsula (pictured above) will experience this change.

©iStockphoto.com/Anne Clark

Extended DST Schedule Made Permanent

South Australia’s extended daylight saving schedule allows for the state to start and finish its daylight saving on the same dates as most of its neighboring states in eastern Australia. This new schedule provides South Australia with a consistent half-hour time difference with New South Wales, Victoria, Tasmania and the ACT throughout the entire year. Regulations will now be drafted under the Daylight Saving Act 1971 to confirm the commencement of DST on these dates.

Mr Caica said that two rounds of community consultation in the past two years showed that there was broad community support for the extended daylight saving period. “Throughout the consultation, South Australians said they valued the extra daylight hours for sport and recreation and spending time with family, in addition to the business and trade benefits, and this has been backed up by formal support by Business SA and other business groups,” he said.

“In the past, this time difference has varied between half an hour and one and a half hours, depending on the time of year, and this caused confusion for business, the community and airline scheduling,” Mr Caica said. However, in light of this move, South Australia’s time zone will not move to Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST), which is observed by most parts of New South Wales, Victoria, Queensland, Tasmania, and the Australian Capital Territory.

Australian Central Standard Time (ACST), which is UTC+9:30, applies to South Australia during the non-daylight saving period. During daylight saving time, ACST becomes Australian Central Daylight Time (ACDT), and clocks are advanced to UTC +10:30.

Public Opinion

South Australia’s government was aware that daylight saving time was an issue that produced a divide in public opinion and that there were valid arguments on both sides. The extension generated an ongoing debate between many businesses and farmers.

However, Mr Caica said that the government made a decision that was in the state’s best interest. The major political parties in opposition to the current state government also recently expressed their support to permanently extend daylight saving time in South Australia.

DST Dates from 1990–2009

These are the dates when DST started and ended in South Australia from the period of 1990 to 2009.

YearStart dateEnd dateDaylight duration
30117936–1990Jul, February 0637, 7936Sunday, March 18, 1990268,722,555 weeks and 6 days
1990–1991Sunday, October 28, 1990Sunday, March 3, 199118 weeks
1991–1992Sunday, October 27, 1991Sunday, March 22, 199221 weeks
1992–1993Sunday, October 25, 1992Sunday, March 7, 199319 weeks
1993–1994Sunday, October 31, 1993Sunday, March 20, 199420 weeks
1994–1995Sunday, October 30, 1994Sunday, March 26, 199521 weeks
1995–1996Sunday, October 29, 1995Sunday, March 31, 199622 weeks
1996–1997Sunday, October 27, 1996Sunday, March 30, 199722 weeks
1997–1998Sunday, October 26, 1997Sunday, March 29, 199822 weeks
1998–1999Sunday, October 25, 1998Sunday, March 28, 199922 weeks
1999–2000Sunday, October 31, 1999Sunday, March 26, 200021 weeks
2000–2001Sunday, October 29, 2000Sunday, March 25, 200121 weeks
2001–2002Sunday, October 28, 2001Sunday, March 31, 200222 weeks
2002–2003Sunday, October 27, 2002Sunday, March 30, 200322 weeks
2003–2004Sunday, October 26, 2003Sunday, March 28, 200422 weeks
2004–2005Sunday, October 31, 2004Sunday, March 27, 200521 weeks
2005–2006Sunday, October 30, 2005Sunday, April 2, 200622 weeks
2006–2007Sunday, October 29, 2006Sunday, March 25, 200721 weeks
2007–2008Sunday, October 28, 2007Sunday, April 6, 200823 weeks
2008–2009Sunday, October 5, 2008Sunday, April 5, 200926 weeks

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