Australia Daylight Savings







Australia Daylight Savings



Daylight Savings in Australia

In a world where energy consumption is a major issue, especially because of the depleting natural resources, daylight savings time is a timely and helpful strategy.

Daylight savings time is a scheme to advance clocks by an hour, sometimes more, in an effort to artificially make afternoons take longer daylight.



The first DST effort was proposed in 1907 by William Willet, an English builder in aim of helping consumers lessen energy consumption.

Naturally, energy consumption is less during daytime because there is less need to turn on incandescent lights, the conventional light bulbs then that utilizes more electricity.

An hour of daylight savings was implemented summer of that year across Tasmania to save electricity, which logically uses water especially in hydroelectric power production plants. Because of the favorable consequence, DST was regularly declared in the state starting 1968.

In 1971, all Australian states were persuaded by the Tasmanian government to temporarily adopt DST except the Northern Territory and Western Australia.


In 1972, New South Wales, Victoria and South Australia regularized their daylight saving schemes. Queensland tried daylight saving time in 1989 to 1992 but decided not to implement the scheme through a state vote. 

Currently, about 70 different countries from all over the world regularly and occasionally implement DST.


India, China and Japan are so far the notable industrialized nations that refuse to observe any form of daylight saving.


Aside from the three, tropical and equatorial countries do not observe DST because there is logically no clear advantage and energy savings to be attained from doing so.

Australia daylight savings was initially introduced under the Commonwealth government during World War I.


Because of the wartime urgency, DST was made binding on all Australian states. In 1967, the state of Tasmania re-implemented DST amid a troubling drought, which was quickly depleting the water reserves.

Australia Daylight Savings


People of Queensland argued that they do not need to prolong afternoon hours when the temperature is as hot as 35C and humidity reaches 98%.


Australian Daylight Saving

Lack of uniformity has often caused confusion across the country. The Parliament looked at ways to implement a national DST measurement.


However, in 1992, the Australia federal government ruled that daylight savings should be left as responsibilities of territory governments and states.


Thus, while many local states adopt and implement DST, others are firm in not adopting the scheme. This has caused problems and confusion within the communication, transportation and media industries.


To date, DST is still occasionally observed in the states of Victoria, New South Wales, Tasmania, the Australia Capital Territory and South Australia.

Western Australia enacted a three-year DST trial beginning December 2006. The Northern Territory and Queensland are still firm in their stance not to consider implementing daylight savings.



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