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Daylight Savings Australia 2019

We've just reached the last quarter of 2019 and for the states in Australia that observe it, it is that time of the year where we remind ourselves to adjust our clocks forward by one hour - that's right, Daylight Saving Time starts this weekend on Sunday 6th October!.

Australian states that observe Daylight Savings Time 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 Sunday 6th October 2019 at 2AM and ends on Sunday 5th April 2020 at 2AM (3AM Daylight Saving Time).

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

  • Sunday 6th October 2019 - Daylight Saving starts at 2:00 AM (move your clocks forward by one hour)
  • Sunday 5th April 2020 - 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 6th October 2019 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.