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New South Wales Attorney General Mark Speakman

Hold Back Winding Forward For Daylight Saving

Victor P Taffa

Go-ahead for daylight saving time in New South Wales 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.” Attorney General Speakman said.


Laws of time in New South Wales 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.” Attorney General 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.

NSW Attorney-General Mark Speakman









“Turning up to work, school or an appointment an hour late can ruin someone’s day, so I’m encouraging people to ‘wait for the wind forward’ until before bedtime on Saturday week.” Attorney General Speakman said.

Daylight saving will end on Sunday 7 April 2019.


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