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The globe is divided into 'Standard Time' zones. Local Standard Time is the time specified for each zone. This is usually stated in terms of hours ahead or behind Coordinated Universal Time (UTC).
|Location||Zone||Hours ahead of UTC|
NSW (except Broken Hill and Lord Howe Island)
Australian Capital Territory, Victoria, Tasmania and Queensland
|Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST)||UTC + 10 hours|
|Broken Hill, South Australia and the Northern Territory||Australian Central Standard Time (ACST)||UTC + 9.5 hours|
|Western Australia||Western Standard Time (AWST)||UTC + 8 hours|
|Lord Howe Island||Lord Howe Standard Time (LHST)||UTC + 10.5 hours|
For more information about time zones in other Australian states and territories, visit time zones and daylight saving on the Australian Government website.
Daylight saving or summer time is commonly expressed as AEDT (Australian Eastern Daylight Time).
In periods of daylight saving an hour is added to the Local Standard Time (except for on Lord Howe Island where 30 minutes is added).
NSW (except Broken Hill and Lord Howe Island), the Australian Capital Territory, Victoria and Tasmania move from AEST to Australian Eastern Daylight Time (AEDT), and clocks are advanced to UTC +11.
Lord Howe Island moves from LHST to Lord Howe Daylight Time (LHDT), and clocks are advanced to UTC +11.
South Australia and the NSW town of Broken Hill move from ACST to Australian Central Daylight Time (ACDT), and clocks are advanced to UTC +10.5.
Daylight saving is not observed in Queensland, the Northern Territory or Western Australia.
For more information about time zones and daylight saving in other Australian states and territories, visit time zones and daylight saving on the Australian Government website.
UTC replaced Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) as the international time standard and is based on an atomic clock (International Atomic Time, or TAI).
The regulation of time is a State Government responsibility. In NSW the Standard Time Act 1987 governs standard time and daylight saving. Changes to the period of daylight saving may be made by regulation.
Legislation to harmonise daylight saving in NSW with the south-astern states and the Australian Capital Territory was passed by the NSW Parliament on 23 October 2007.
08 Apr 2022
We acknowledge Aboriginal people as the First Nations Peoples of NSW and pay our respects to Elders past, present, and future.
Informed by lessons of the past, Department of Communities and Justice is improving how we work with Aboriginal people and communities. We listen and learn from the knowledge, strength and resilience of Stolen Generations Survivors, Aboriginal Elders and Aboriginal communities.
You can access our apology to the Stolen Generations.