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2017 Australia Daylight Savings: here’s everything you need to know

Daylight Savings in Australia always seems to come out of nowhere and always gets us asking: when is it? And do I put my clock forward or backwards?

When is Daylight Savings in Australia?

We’ve been living in blissful ignorance since Daylight Savings last ended on the 2nd of April this year, but it’s coming back to confuse you on the 1st of October. It will then remain in place until April 1, 2018.

Do we turn our clocks forward or backward?

This time, it’s forward. The official arrangement is to change all the clocks at 2am on the morning of the 1st, meaning the time will suddenly jump from 2am to 3am.

But if you’re heading to bed before then or don’t have anything important on, it doesn’t matter – just add an hour to your clock before you go to bed on the 30th of September.

Do yourself a favour and set a reminder so you don’t forget.

Be wary of your smartphone’s settings

These days, most smartphones have a setting that automatically changes your clock when Daylight Savings hits.

This can be pretty convenient, but make sure you check whether or not the function is active to prevent any unwanted sleep-ins on Sunday morning (as if there’s such a thing).

You should be particularly careful if you live near a border between different time zones, such as the border separating Queensland and New South Wales.

If your phone slightly miscalculates your location as being in the other state, your clock could be set to the wrong time.

But…why?

It’s easy to forget why we even practice Daylight Savings, but there’s a pretty straightforward explanation.

The major reason is that by changing our clocks forward one hour, we are effectively moving an hour of daylight from the morning to the evening.

This means we can enjoy more evening Daylight during the warmer months, which is a particularly attractive prospect for 9-to-5 workers.

It’s not practised by the alternative jerks over in Queensland, Western Australia and the Northern Territory (just kidding – love you guys), but it’s still a thing in Victoria, New South Wales, South Australia, Tasmania and the ACT.

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