Businesses in states where daylight savings is observed, and those trading within them, are being reminded that it will soon come to an end.
Daylight savings time will end this Sunday, 7 April — sticking with its usual pattern of reverting back by one hour in the early hours of the first Sunday of April.
As noted by the federal government’s official time zone website, at 3am local time this Sunday, clocks will revert back by one hour to 2am in NSW, Victoria, the ACT, South Australia and Tasmania, giving residents a so-called “extra hour of sleep”.
The change means that Australia will revert back to three time zones, rather than its current five, given that Queensland and the Northern Territory (as well as WA) do not observe daylight savings time.
Depending on the state and the date of Easter in a particular year, the end of daylight savings can coincide with the school holidays, as it will this year for residents of Victoria, given that its school term finishes on Friday, 5 April.
In the ACT and the other states where daylight savings is observed, the change falls outside of the school holidays. The federal Department of Education and Training notes that school holidays in NSW, the ACT, South Australia and Tasmania do not start until the end of next week (Friday, 12 April).
It was a bit of an odd start in daylight savings this summer, given that the first Sunday of October did not fall in the Labor Day long weekend observed in NSW, SA and the ACT.
Adam Zuchetti is the editor of My Business, and has steered the publication’s editorial direction since early 2016.
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