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​Hold Back Winding Forward for Daylight Saving

Published date: Friday, 28 September 2018

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The go-ahead for daylight saving time in NSW is ‘delayed’ a week this year because of a relatively rare quirk of the calendar. 

Attorney General and ‘Minister for Time’ Mark Speakman has issued a warning to people for whom the October long weekend generally represents the start of daylight saving. 

“In most years the clocks go forward on the Sunday of the long weekend, but every seven years, on average, daylight saving starts a week later,” Mr Speakman said. 

The laws of time in NSW are governed by the Standard Time Act 1987. The Act provides that the summer time period starts ‘at 2 am on the first Sunday in October each year’. Labour Day falls on the first Monday in October. 

“This year the first Monday in October is the first day of the month. Therefore the first Sunday in October falls on 7 October. The last time the long weekend fell before the first Sunday in October was in 2012. 

“Sunday won’t fall on 7 October again until 2029, meaning a baby born on Monday 8 October will be on the eve of their 11th birthday the next time the coincidence occurs,” Mr Speakman said. 

These days technology takes care of most daylight saving adjustments, but for those who rely on retro tech, a premature wind up of the clocks and watches could prove inconvenient or even embarrassing. 

Daylight saving will end on Sunday 7 April 2019.