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Daylight Savings Australia 2018

We've almost reached the time of the year where half of Australia starts adjusting their clocks forward by one hour - that's right, it's nearly Daylight Saving Time.

The states that observe Daylight Savings Time and move their clocks forward by 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.

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

The DST start and end dates for 2018/2019 are listed below:

  • 7th October 2018 - Daylight Saving starts at 2:00 AM (move your clocks forward by one hour)
  • 7th April 2019 - Daylight Saving ends at 3:00 AM DST (move your clocks back 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 of us 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 starts 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 to 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 the 7th October 2018 is to check your terminals and ensure that they're displaying the correct date and time.