Saturday 17th April 2021

Daylight Saving Is OVER. #LifeThisWeek 14/52. 2017.50.

Daylight Saving Is OVER. #LifeThisWeek 13/52. 2017.50.

In Australia the 6 month daylight saving period is over as of 2 April 2017.

Not all parts of Australia take part and not everyone is a fan of it. I used to find the four month period of it better way back. I guess a lot of how we feel about daylight saving is personal and circumstantial .

I did write about it 6 months ago here. 

Hot days which stretch longer than necessary I find personally challenging and then I also do not like the darker mornings as it comes to a close. Nevertheless I understand that its purpose is for energy saving and using what natural light there is available. I am old enough to remember when it started in the early 1970s and I also recall daylight saving starting earlier in 2000 when Sydney hosted the Olympics.

I did some research too about the history of daylight saving in Australia and add it here for you!

How and when did Daylight Saving Time get started in Australia?

Daylight Saving Time (DST) had its beginning in Australia during World War I. The Commonwealth used its wartime powers to require all Australian states and territories to put into place DST. 1917 was officially the first year DST was used across the country. It was in force between 1 January and 25 March (late summer in Australia). It was discontinued after the war, but World War II saw its return for three consecutive summers.

It began with a late summer start on 1 January 1942 followed by a full summer (September – March) later that year. Tasmania may be our smallest state, but they had great influence on why we have DST in Australia today. The Tasmanian state government implemented Daylight Savings in the summer of 1967 to save power which saved water. A severe drought in the state made it imperative that DST be used to help the situation. As it turned out, they liked having DST in Tasmania so much so that they have continued it ever since. Because it was such a success, the Tasmanian state government pushed to get Daylight Saving Time used Australia-wide.

By 1971 legislation was passed by all states, except the Northern Territory and Western Australia, to run a trial period. Victoria, New South Wales and South Australia made it permanent in 1972. Currently Queensland, the Northern Territory and Western Australia do not have Daylight Savings. Often confusing dates and changes although efforts have been made to unify DST dates across Australia, the Federal Government has kept it the responsibility of individual state and territory governments to decide when and if Daylight Savings will be implemented locally.

As a result, DST has varied at times depending on local issues. For example New South Wales extended DST in 1981-2 because of power shortages. During the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games special Daylight Savings Times were observed by some, but not all. This lack of uniformity is blamed for the serious problems in scheduling and reduced hours available to work with others across state lines. Daylight Saving Time also means Australia has 5 time zones when in effect.

I posted a photo on Saturday as a reminder to my Instagram and Facebook followers that it was the night to remember to put the clocks back and saw that not everyone was happy for it to be over. So, are you a fan or not? How much does your life change when daylight saving begins or ends?

It’s back again on 1 October 2017 by the way!

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  1. I love daylight savings and it makes me sad every year when it’s over. I think it’s because I know that it’s going to be so dark for so long, that it’s a little depressing.
    But right now in SF, daylight savings has just started and this weekend has been such beautiful spring weather. I’m loving it.
    Have a great week Denyse!

    • Well now that you are in the northern hemisphere it should all be looking great for the next months. I admit getting dark by 6pm comes as a shock at the end of DLS but still, it’s the long hot summer days.evenings where I don’t find it comfortable. I am sure it’s an age/stage thing too. I probably didn’t mind when our kids were at home. But we are talking over 20 years ago!!

      • Yep, I can see that happening, especially when it’s so boiling hot that all you want is for the sun to go down. Wishing you a lovely non-daylight savings time 🙂

  2. I love daylight saving and I always wonder why Qld don’t do it. Travelling to Qld on holidays and having the sun go down early SUCKS! (that was a bit dramatic but I really like it that much).

    • I travelled to Old for a mini break in February 2012 and it felt weird too. However, from what I understand it is about the heat conditions in Qld why they do not follow it and there are similar reasons for WA and NT. There have been referenda to change but the people have said no.

  3. inthegoodbooksblog says:

    The information about daylight savings is so interesting! I’ll share that with my kids.
    I personally really like daylight savings but know that some people don’t.

    • I thought the article was too. I remembered that time in the early 1980s and I think it was the catalyst to move from 4 months of DLS to 6. It was always about energy saving.

  4. I love Daylight Savings – we eat dinner outside or in parks. All that stops once the clocks change….

    • I know that is a great part of DLS but don’t you find the early morning get up in the dark hard as it comes into the last month? Can’t win I guess!!

  5. Yes, well us Queenslanders sadly miss out on daylight saving. I wish we’d just get in line with all of the other states, or at least give us a trial again to see what it’s like. It would be great to have that little extra sunshine at the end of the day.

  6. Thanks for your Instagram reminder during the week, Denyse!

    SSG xxx

  7. I love how our iPhones and iPads and computers update the time automatically these days, so I don’t have to worry about forgetting. Modern technology, hey!

    • I like that too. If only our cars would do the same. We have relatively new cars which still need the manual to change the clock time!!

  8. Daylight savings ending always catches me by surprise each year and takes me a while to adjust to.

  9. It was nice having the ‘extra’ hour this morning. But I’ll be having early lunches and dinners until my stomach adjusts! Thanks for the history (of daylight savings) lesson.

    • It literally was a longer day yesterday and I guess as the week goes on our stomachs will adjust! I couldn’t recall the history of DLS and that little fact sheet added more than I knew for sure!

  10. I just wish the sun didn’t come up at 4am in summer!!!

  11. I HATE daylight savings! I hate the idea that I’m getting up an hour earlier than I need to. In WA they’ve voted it out several times, but the die hard daylighters keep wasting our time and money by agitating to bring it back. It would be nice if No meant No and they’d leave us in peace!

  12. Makes it much easier to keep in touch with family over east now day light savings is finished!!

  13. I loved daylight saving Denyse and really missed it when I moved to Qld. It makes it difficult to communicate when we are all on different times that is for sure. BTW I actually forgot it was April Fool’s Day on Saturday! Thanks for the link up and have a great week!

    • Oh Sue. I hope you did not get caught out on April Fool’s Day because there were a few funny stories in the media. I imagine you might miss it in Qld. I found it odd to be dark at a time it would normally be light when I had a little stay there in Feb 2012. Quite off-putting with travel times too.

  14. I love it! I do like getting an extra hour of sleep when we change back though. I find the change back easier than the change to it.

  15. I used to live in Canberra and was a fan of DST. Now in WA, we don’t have that and I sort of miss having to adjust my clock and everything. 🙂 Gives a little bit of spice to the everyday grind I guess. xx


  16. Coming to Aus as a migrant, the concept pf DST was baffling to me. I still don’t get why we can’t have DST during winter when the sun sets early anyway as opposed to summer where without DST, it would still stay sunny till 7 pm. Makes no sense for it to get dark by 4:30-5 in winter when with DST it could be light till at least 6:30. Not a fan of it

  17. Being a Queenslander now, I’m glad it’s over…actually, even if I wasn’t a Queenslander now, I’d still say I was glad it was over!

  18. I love daylight savings and the day after it ends always has an ominous “winter is coming” vibe even though it is nice to wake up in the light for a few weeks more. It can make work challenging if you have a national team – I once used to have to coordinate a leadership conference call taking in all time zones from Auckland to Perth during daylight savings, that was fun!

    • Yes it is a lot like that. Coupled with wet and gloomy weather here on the first day we had no idea of that the time was! That does make it tough with time zones and conference calls!

  19. I’m a huge fan of DLS and am always disappointed when it end because it gets so dark so early. The flipside is waking up ‘earlier’ and getting a jump on the day. Thanks for the linkup x

  20. Yes different people like Daylight Saving – depending which State they live in.The only tricky part I found was communicating with those cities, which started and finished an hour earlier. Also interesting history about it. Thank you. Cheers Maria. xox

  21. Wow, so much there I hadn’t known Denyse.

    I really really wish we had daylight saving here in Qld.

    • Interesting about Qld. It is supposed to be about the hot days I think. I did find it disconcerting to have a holiday in Feb on the Sunny Coast and it was dark by around 6 pm.

  22. I am a fan, and so I see it was made permanant in SA the year I was born, so I don’t know any different! I love enjoying more of the summer days 🙂