Australian Capital Territory DST rule change?

Edwin Groothuis < edwin at
Thu Jul 10 21:21:59 UTC 2008

Paul Eggert <eggert <at> CS.UCLA.EDU> writes:

> A story in the July 3 ABC News (Australia) says that the Australian
> Capital Territory (ACT) will change its daylight-saving rules starting
> October, to bring it into line with Tasmania, New South Wales,
> Victoria, and South Australia.  Until now, I didn't know that the ACT
> had different rules from its neighbors.  I guess this means we'll need
> to add a new Zone Australia/Canberra to deal with the discrepancy?

Euhm... I think it was a matter of not being legislated yet, I don't recall
*anything* in the news about them not moving at the same time as NSW.
I'll ask around today though.

> It is pretty weird that the ACT was a small island of one UTC offset
> in a sea of a different UTC offsets. To be honest, I'm having a bit
> of a tough time believing this news report.  Maybe I'm reading it
> incorrectly?  But if it's correct, does anyone know when the ACT
> started diverging from NSW and Victoria?

It happened when NSW and Victoria changed *their* DST time in 2007.

The amendments are:

  (a) a period starting at 2 am on the first Sunday in October in a
  year and ending at 2 am on the first Sunday in the following
  April; or

(At the bottom of page 8 of the PDF and page 4 of the bottom-page-numbering).


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