Daylight saving 2012–13

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Daylight saving 2012–13

The commencement and cessation of daylight saving hours throughout Australia’s states and territories for the period of 2012–13 will remain the same as last year.

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The commencement and cessation of daylight saving hours throughout Australia’s states and territories for the period of 2012–13 will remain the same as last year.

In 2007, the respective state and territory governments of New South Wales, Victoria, South Australia, Tasmania and the Australian Capital Territory agreed to synchronise their daylight saving hours, and this arrangement will continue for the foreseeable future.

In Western Australia, a referendum was held in May 2009 to decide whether daylight saving should become permanent, following a three-year trial. The referendum rejected the continued operation of daylight saving, which reverted to Australian Western Standard Time (AWST) last year.

Daylight saving Australia-wide 2012–13
 
The following applies Australia-wide:
  • New South Wales, Victoria, South Australia, Tasmania and Australian Capital Territory: begins first Sunday in October — 2 am Sunday, 7 October 2012 (turn clock ahead one hour); ends on first Sunday in April — 3am Sunday, 7 April 2013 (turn clock back one hour)
  • Queensland, Western Australia and Northern Territory: these states and territory do not observe daylight saving.
Australian time zones
 
When the time is 12.00 pm AEDT in New South Wales, Victoria, Tasmania and Australian Capital Territory, the following times will apply from 2.00 am AEST Sunday, 7 October 2012 to 3.00 am AEDT Sunday, 7 April 2013:
  • Queensland — 11.00 am
  • South Australia — 11.30 am
  • Northern Territory — 10.30 am
  • Western Australia — 9.00 am
Wage payment when clock changes
 
WorkplaceInfo receives enquiries from subscribers regarding the proper payment to an employer, such as a night shift worker or an employee working overtime, when the clock is put forward one hour from 2.00 am to 3.00 am at the commencement of daylight saving and, likewise, when the clock is set back one from 3.00 am to 2.00 am at the end of daylight saving.

Over the years, this matter has been determined by industrial tribunals — with an employee being paid by the clock. This means when the clock is put forward one hour, the employee actually works seven hours but is paid for eight hours. Conversely, when the clock is put back one hour, an employee works nine hours but is paid for only eight hours.

However, a common practice among employers is to have a policy of not treating an employee to their disadvantage in any way by the time changes. This approach only becomes an issue when the clock is turned back one hour at the end of daylight saving. When the employee works nine hours (but is only entitled to eight hours pay), the employer usually pays the employee nine hours pay or gives the employee one hour’s credit or, if the hours are overtime, nine hours overtime at the appropriate penalty rate. In the absence of a specific provision in the applicable industrial instrument or contract of employment, the employer is under no obligation to pay nine hours pay in this circumstance.

Overseas countries
 
For those employers with overseas business customers, or company affiliates located overseas, the following are the relevant dates regarding daylight saving in major trading areas around the world:
  • Great Britain & Northern Ireland; European Union states: daylight saving ends at 1.00 am GMT on last Sunday in October (28 October 2012), and daylight saving commences at 1.00 am GMT on last Sunday in March (31 March 2013)
  • United States & Canada: daylight saving ends at 2.00 am on first Sunday in November (4 November 2012), and commences at 2.00 am on second Sunday in March (10 March 2013)
  • New Zealand: daylight saving commences at 2.00 am on last Sunday in September (30 September 2012), and ends at 2.00 am on first Sunday in April (7 April 2013)
  • China, Japan, India & South Korea: these countries do not currently observe daylight saving time.

 

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