End of daylight saving

Published 29 March 2021

Daylight saving time will end on Sunday 4 April 2021 in the Australian Capital Territory, New South Wales, South Australia, Tasmania and Victoria, with clocks going back 1 hour at 3am to 2am.

Daylight saving time doesn't apply in the Northern Territory, Queensland or Western Australia.

What are employees paid if they work when daylight saving time ends?

Employees should check their award, registered agreement or employment contract to see if there's anything about daylight saving time in it.

If it doesn't say anything, employees that work overnight when daylight saving time ends are paid according to the clock.

Daylight saving time ends with rolling the clock back from 3am to 2am. This means that employees working an overnight shift work 1 hour more but aren't paid for that extra hour.

When daylight saving time started and the clock was rolled forward, employees worked 1 hour less but should have been paid according to the clock.

Example: Working through the night when daylight saving time ends

Andrew is a shiftworker in a factory and regularly works from 9pm on Saturday until 5am on Sunday. He gets a 30 minute break. His award and employment contract don't say anything about his pay entitlements when daylight saving time starts or ends.

When daylight saving time ends and the clock rolls back, Andrew works his usual shift. While he actually works 1 extra hour, he is still only paid for a 7.5 hour shift.

When daylight saving time started and the clock rolled forwards, Andrew worked 1 less hour but was paid for a 7.5 hour shift.

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