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May 2, 2023

Time zones in Australia

If you’re planning a trip to Australia to or a move to Australia, one thing you’ll need to consider is the time difference. Australia has several time zones, ranging from +6 hours to +12 hours ahead of Italy. This can make communication a challenge, especially as many government offices and businesses follow the time zone of Sydney, meaning that those on the West Coast may have only a small window of time for important calls.

Officially, there are only three time zones in Australia:

  • AEST (Australian Eastern Standard Time) for New South Wales, Australian Capital Territory, Victoria, Queensland, and Tasmania
  • ACST (Australian Central Standard Time) for Northern Territory and South Australia
  • AWST (Australian Western Standard Time) for Western Australia

However, within each zone, there can be different time differences due to daylight saving time. Some states do not observe daylight saving time, including Western Australia, Northern Territory, and Queensland.

States that do observe daylight saving time include New South Wales, Australian Capital Territory, Victoria, Tasmania, and South Australia.

For example, if you were in Darwin (+8.5 hours ahead of Italy), Adelaide is also in the ACST but currently observing daylight saving time, making it +9.5 hours ahead of Rome.

Sydney is the most populous city in Australia and the capital of New South Wales, with a time zone of GMT+11 from October to April and GMT+8 from May to September.

Perth, the capital of Western Australia, has a time zone of GMT+7 from October to April and GMT+6 during the European summer.

Melbourne, the capital of Victoria, has the same time zone as Sydney, while Brisbane, the capital of Queensland, is an hour ahead of Sydney.

In summary, while it may seem complicated, it’s important to be aware of the time difference when planning a trip or move to Australia. You can always ask Google or add a time zone on your phone to help keep track.

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