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Australia & New Zealand Start DST

Clocks in New Zealand and parts of Australia spring forward 1 hour in September and October as Daylight Saving Time (DST) starts.

Time Zones in Australia and New Zealand.

DST starts in Australia and New Zealand.


  • Australia: Clocks in most areas will be set forward by 1 hour at 02:00 (2 am) to 03:00 (3 am), local time, on October 1, 2017.
  • New Zealand: Clocks were set forward countrywide by 1 hour at 02:00 (2 am) to 03:00 (3 am), local time, on September 24, 2017.

Australia's Clock Changes

Australia observes DST in the Australian Capital Territory, New South Wales, South Australia, Tasmania, and Victoria. Clocks in these areas will be set forward 1 hour.

On Lord Howe Island the time change is 30 minutes instead of 1 hour.

No DST in Parts of Australia

The northern and western parts of Australia do not use DST, so the clocks will not change in Queensland, the Northern Territory, and Western Australia. The same is the case in Australian dependencies Christmas Island, Cocos Island, and Norfolk Island.

New Zealand Starts First

All of New Zealand, including Auckland, Christchurch, and Wellington, start DST one week earlier than Australia and changed on September 24, 2017.

The Chatham Islands, in New Zealand's second time zone, have changed from 02:45 (2:45 am) to 03:45 (3:45 am), local time.

The New Zealand dependency Tokelau does not use DST.

Samoa Starts DST

Another country that started Daylight Saving Time on September 24, 2017 was Samoa. Clocks there were set forward from 03:00 (3 am) to 04:00 (4 am), local time.

When Does DST End Again?

DST in Australia runs from the first Sunday in October to the first Sunday in April each year. DST will end again on April 1, 2018. Although New Zealand starts DST 1 week earlier, it also ends on April 1, 2018. Kiwis observe DST from the last Sunday in September to the first Sunday in April.