What is the time zone in Australia

Time zones Australia: AEST, ACST & AWST

Usually there are three Time zones in Australia. If the clock is switched to summer time ("Daylight Saving": from October to March / April), two additional time zones are created. However, this only applies to the southern states of ACT, Victoria, New South Wales, South Australia and Tasmania. Queensland, Northern Territory and Western Australia, however, do not change the time. So that no confusion arises, here is an overview of all time zones in Australia and their respective explanations.

 

Three time zones

The time zones in Australia are divided into three standard times: East Time, Central Time, and West Time. However, there are small subtleties to note here, as not every state or territory takes part in the daylight saving time changeover.

 

Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST)

ACT, Victoria, New South Wales and Tasmania:

The daylight saving time change begins in the Australian Capital Territory, New South Wales, Victoria and Tasmania on the first Sunday in October and ends again on the first Sunday in April. For this reason, the time difference in the three states is +10 hours to Central European Time (CET) and + 8 hours to Central European Summer Time (CEST).

Queensland:

In Queensland there is no change to daylight saving time, which is why the time difference to Central European Time here (CET) is +9 hours and to Central European Summer Time (CEST) + 8 hours.

 

Australian Central Standard Time (ACST)

South Australia:

Here, too, summer time begins on the first Sunday in October and ends on the first Sunday in April. The time difference in South Australia is +9.5 hours to Central European Time (CET) and +7.5 hours to Central European Summer Time (CEST).

Northern Territory:

Since there is no change to daylight saving time in the Northern Territory, the time difference to Central European Time (CET) is +8.5 hours and to Central European Summer Time (CEST) + 7.5 hours.

 

Australian Western Standard Time (AWST)

Western Australia:

There is no daylight saving time in Western Australia either. Therefore the time difference to Central European Time (CET) is +7 hours, to Central European Summer Time (CEST) + 6 hours.

 

Overview

 

Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST)

ACT:

  • CET: +10 hours / CEST: + 8 hours

Victoria:

  • CET: +10 hours / CEST: + 8 hours

New South Wales:

  • CET: +10 hours / CEST: + 8 hours

Tasmania:

  • CET +10 hours / CEST: + 8 hours

Queensland:

  • CET: +9 hours - CEST + 8 hours
 

Australian Central Standard Time (ACST)

South Australia:

  • CET: +9.5 hours / CEST: + 7.5 hours

Northern Territory:

  • CET: +8.5 hours / CEST: + 7.5 hours
 

Australian Western Standard Time (AWST)

Western Australia:

  • CET: +7 hours / CEST: + 6 hours
 

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