Back to blog

Daylight Saving Time End Reminder

With all the attention currently drawn to the COVID-19 situation, you may have overlooked the fact that Daylight Saving Time ends this Sunday in the Australian states which observe DST. This means you'll need to wind your clocks back this Sunday.

The Australian States which observe Daylight Saving Time and move their clocks back an hour are New South Wales, Victoria, South Australia, Tasmania and Australian Capital Territory. All other states in Australia don't observe Daylight Saving Time so they can leave their clocks as-is.

Daylight Saving Time ends on the first Sunday in April at 2AM (3AM Daylight Saving Time) and comes back into effect on the first Sunday in October at 2AM.

The DST start and end dates for 2020 are listed below:

  • Sunday 5th April 2020 - Daylight Saving ends at 3:00 AM DST (move your clocks back by one hour)
  • Sunday 4th October 2020 - Daylight Saving starts at 2:00 AM (move your clocks forward by one hour)

The time should change automatically on most devices such as Smart Phones, Computers, Tablet Devices, etc. However, there have been cases in the past where some devices haven't had their time updated automatically. For those who don't trust technology, an old fashioned clock with an alarm can always be set the night before DST kicks in just to make sure that you don't get awoken early or late. As for your POS terminals, you can check them before DST ends to ensure that they'll change when required.

On the POS Terminal, press the time in the bottom-right corner of the screen > Date and Time Settings.

Set Time Automatically: On
Time Zone: Change to your location.

By setting the above, you'll ensure that the time will change automatically, if required.
If your business trades during the changeover period back to non Daylight Saving Time, you might prefer to set the time manually so that your reports will display correctly.

If you use the Time Sync Master (IPS Client > File > Settings), you will only need to change the time on a single terminal.

Regardless of your settings, make sure the first thing you do on Sunday 5th April 2020 is to check your terminals and ensure that they're displaying the correct date and time.

You can find out more about Daylight Saving Time in Australia here.