Australia Time Zone Map

Explore map of Australia time zones, Australia is divided into three primary time zones. Typically, the names of these time zones are shortened by removing the word "Australian." Additionally, Australia's external territories follow different time zones. Furthermore, several regions in Australia observe daylight saving time.

Australia Time Zone Map

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About Australia Time Zone Map

Expore the time zone map of Australia to locate the regions of different time zones in Australia.

Time in Australia

Australia's vast landmass spans multiple time zones, making it unique in the way time is managed across the country. This guide simplifies the understanding of Australia's time zones, aiding travelers, businesses, and residents in navigating the complexities of time differences within the country.

Main Time Zones

Australia is divided into three primary time zones: Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST), Australian Central Standard Time (ACST), and Australian Western Standard Time (AWST).

Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST) covers the eastern states of Queensland, New South Wales, Victoria, Tasmania, and the Australian Capital Territory. AEST is UTC+10:00.

Australian Central Standard Time (ACST) includes South Australia, the town of Broken Hill in western New South Wales, and the Northern Territory. ACST is UTC+9:30.

Australian Western Standard Time (AWST) is observed in Western Australia. AWST is UTC+8:00.

Daylight Saving Time

Daylight Saving Time (DST) is applied in certain parts of Australia, typically starting on the first Sunday in October and ending on the first Sunday in April. During DST, clocks are moved forward by one hour. It's important to note that not all states or territories observe DST. Here's how DST affects the different zones:

AEST becomes Australian Eastern Daylight Time (AEDT), and clocks are adjusted to UTC+11:00. New South Wales, Victoria, Tasmania, and the Australian Capital Territory follow DST.

ACST becomes Australian Central Daylight Time (ACDT), with time moving to UTC+10:30. South Australia and the town of Broken Hill in New South Wales observe DST.

Queensland, the Northern Territory, and Western Australia do not observe Daylight Saving Time, remaining on standard time throughout the year.

Special Considerations

Lord Howe Island, located in the Pacific Ocean, has its own time zone, which is UTC+10:30 during standard time and UTC+11:00 during Daylight Saving Time, making its DST adjustment only half an hour.

Norfolk Island operates on UTC+11:00 and also observes Daylight Saving Time, shifting to UTC+12:00 during the applicable months.

Planning and Coordination

For those traveling or doing business across Australia, being aware of these time zones is crucial for scheduling and planning. Technology such as smartphones and computers automatically adjust for these changes if set to update automatically. However, it's always good to double-check time zones when arranging travel, meetings, or calls across different parts of Australia.

Australia's time zones reflect its geographical diversity and the needs of its regions. Understanding these time zones helps in planning activities, whether it's for business, travel, or communication with friends and family across the country. By keeping track of the changes, especially with Daylight Saving Time, you can stay ahead and make the most of your time in this beautiful and diverse country.

States / TerritoriesZoneStandardDST
CCCocosUTC+06:30 (year round)UTC+06:30 (year round)
CXChristmasUTC+07:00 (year round)UTC+07:00 (year round)
WAWesternUTC+08:00 (year round)UTC+08:00 (year round)
NTCentralUTC+09:30 (year round)UTC+09:30 (year round)
SA, Broken HillCentralUTC+09:30UTC+10:30
QLDEasternUTC+10:00 (year round)UTC+10:00 (year round)
NSW, TAS, Macquarie Island, VIC, ACT, JBTEasternUTC+10:00UTC+11:00

Australian Time Zones ( Official )

Full name of time zoneAustralian Western Standard Time (WST)Australian Central Standard Time (ACST)Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST)
Short name of time zoneWestern Standard Time (WST)Central Standard Time (CST)Eastern Standard Time (EST)
Hours and minutes ahead of GMT+ 8:00+ 9:30+10:00
State or territoryWestern AustraliaNorthern Territory, South AustraliaQueensland, New South Wales , Australian Capital Territory, Victoria, Tasmania

Legislation and Civil Time

Here are the specific time zones and relevant legislation for each region:

Australian Western Standard Time (AWST) – UTC+08:00:

Australian Central Standard Time (ACST) – UTC+09:30:

Australian Western Central Standard Time (AWCST) UTC+8:45:

Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST) – UTC+10:00:

Daylight Saving Time in Australia

Australian State / TerritoryStart of DSTEnd of DST
Western Australia--
Northern Territory--
South Australia1st Sunday in October1st Sunday in April
New South Wales1st Sunday in October1st Sunday in April
Australian Capital Territory1st Sunday in October1st Sunday in April
Jervis Bay Territory1st Sunday in October1st Sunday in April
Victoria1st Sunday in October1st Sunday in April
Tasmania1st Sunday in October1st Sunday in April

External Territories

Australia's external territories adhere to various time zones.
Australian TerritoryDSTStandard
Heard and McDonald Islandsno DSTUTC+05:00
Cocos (Keeling) Islands CCTno DSTUTC+06:30
Christmas Island CXTno DSTUTC+07:00
Norfolk Island NFT/NFDTUTC+12:00UTC+11:00
Australian Antarctic Territory - Mawsonno DSTUTC+05:00
Australian Antarctic Territory - Davisno DSTUTC+07:00
Australian Antarctic Territory - Caseyno DSTUTC+08:00

Database of IANA Time Zone

The IANA time zone database lists 18 different time zones for Australia, as detailed in its file.

C.C.CoordinatesTZCommentsDSTUTC Offset
NF−2903+16758Pacific/Norfolk +12:00+11:00
AU−3133+15905Australia/Lord_HoweLord Howe Island+11:00+10:30
AU−5430+15857Antarctica/MacquarieMacquarie Island+11:00+10:00
AU−3352+15113Australia/SydneyNew South Wales (most areas)+11:00+10:00
AU−2728+15302Australia/BrisbaneQueensland (most areas)+10:00+10:00
AU−2016+14900Australia/LindemanQueensland (Whitsunday Islands)+10:00+10:00
AU−3157+14127Australia/Broken_HillNew South Wales (Yancowinna)+10:30+9:30
AU−3455+13835Australia/AdelaideSouth Australia+10:30+9:30
AU−1228+13050Australia/DarwinNorthern Territory+9:30+9:30
AU−3143+12852Australia/EuclaWestern Australia (Eucla)+8:45+8:45
AU−3157+11551Australia/PerthWestern Australia (most areas)+08:00+08:00
CX−1025+10543Indian/Christmas +07:00+07:00
CC−1210+09655Indian/Cocos +6:30+6:30

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