Daylight saving starts on the weekend
Published 1 October 2021
Daylight saving will start at 2am on Sunday 3 October, with clocks going forward 1 hour in:
- Australian Capital Territory
- New South Wales
- South Australia
Daylight saving doesn't apply in Western Australia, the Northern Territory or Queensland.
What do employees get if they work overnight when daylight saving starts?
You should check your award, enterprise agreement or employment contract to see if there is anything about daylight saving in it. If it doesn't say anything, all employees who work overnight when daylight saving starts are paid according to the clock (follow the clock).
Daylight saving starts by rolling the clock forward to 3am. This means that employees who work an overnight shift work 1 hour less but are still paid for the full shift.
When daylight saving ends and the clock is rolled back an hour, employees will work for an extra hour but are paid according to the clock.
Example: Working through the night when daylight saving starts
Malcolm is a shiftworker in a factory who regularly works from 9pm on Saturday until 5am on Sunday. He gets a 30 minute break. His award doesn’t say anything about his pay entitlements when daylight saving starts or ends.
When daylight saving starts and the clock rolls forward, Malcolm works his usual shift. While he actually works 1 hour less, he is still paid for the 7.5 hour shift. When daylight saving ends and the clock rolls backward, Malcolm works 1 hour extra but is still paid for 7.5 hour shift.
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