Daylight Saving Myths



A Daylight Saving trial will come to Western Australia this year, and the following two summers. The Daylight Saving bill has been passed by parliament and WA clocks will by set forward by one hour on the 3rd December and will go back again on the 25th March. The following table represents the first 10 days of Perth's sunrise and sunset times in December just prior to and after the clock change.

Date Sunrise Sunset 1st December 5:03am 7:07pm 2nd December 5:03am 7:08pm 3rd December 6:03am 8:09pm 4th December 6:03am 8:10pm 5th December 6:03am 8:10pm 6th December 6:03am 8:11pm 7th December 6:03am 8:12pm 8th December 6:03am 8:13pm 9th December 6:03am 8:14pm 10th December 6:03am 8:14pm
Perth's latest sunset will occur in early January at 8:27pm, by the last day of Daylight Saving in late March, sunset will still be as late as 7:22pm. Which is only 5 minutes short of what we can expected in the middle of summer under standard time. Daylight Saving is something everyone can enjoy and we hope all Western Australians take full advantage of it.

This webpage started about 4 years ago, below you can read our thoughts on the issue and why we wanted Daylight Saving to come back to Western Australia.


The summer months are here again, and yet again Western Australia still refuses to move its clocks one hour forward like most of Australia and go on daylight saving. Why? Well, we’ve had three state referendums and all three have been rejected by a slight margin. The Western Australian government knows the benefit of daylight saving and that’s why its tried on three occasions, but the people have voted against this opportunity, this mainly due to the rural areas. The Perth metropolitan area voted in favour for it on all three times, why should we in the city be forced to stay on standard time each summer and miss out on our extra hour of daylight each evening?

The main benefit of daylight saving is that it saves energy, that's the reason why we went on daylight saving during parts of World War I and World War II. It's light for one extra hour each night, so just look at how much energy the state will save during the months of daylight saving if we had it. Some will say that if you’re an early riser (between 5am and 6am) it wont make much difference, which is correct, but how much of the population in awake at that time compared to 7:30pm to 8:30pm? Sunrise is too early in Perth in summer, and even earlier in towns to the east, its a waste of daylight which can be used better in the evenings.

Sunrise and sunset times around the summer solstice on the 22nd December.

*with no daylight saving, WST (Western Standard Time)

Sunrise 5:07am Sunset 7:22pm

Sunrise 4:46am Sunset 6:54pm

Sunrise 4:41am Sunset 7:04pm

Port Headland
Sunrise 5:24am Sunset 6:46pm

Sunrise 4:55am Sunset 5:57pm

Most of the population are still in bed before 6am, so sunrises any earlier than this is just a waste of daylight. The sun sets still before 6pm in Wyndham, but rises before 5am, advancing the clocks one hour each summer would make much better sense.

Sunrise and sunset times around the summer solstice on the 22nd December.

*with daylight saving, WDT (Western Daylight Saving Time)

Sunrise 6:07am Sunset 8:22pm

Sunrise 5:46am Sunset 7:54pm

Sunrise 5:41am Sunset 8:04pm

Port Headland
Sunrise 6:24am Sunset 7:46pm

Sunrise 5:55am Sunset 6:57pm

The amount of accidents during 7:30pm and 8:30pm (the time where it would be still light if we had daylight saving in mid summer) will be decreased a lot, studies have proven this, more light in the evening is more safer not only for cars but for everyone.

Then of course there’s the extra leisure time which can be enjoyed by everyone if we had daylight saving. Most outdoor activities can be still active as late as 8:30pm, meaning people who come home from work can go out and play outdoor sports or to go down to the beach, something they wouldn’t have much time to do if finishing work at 6pm when daylight saving is not observed.

The states in Australia can't control their timezones, just look at the mess we get in this country each summer with five timezones, and Tasmania starting daylight saving three weeks earlier than the rest. At least the states who go on daylight saving agree to finish on the same time now, a few years ago, New South Wales finished daylight saving three weeks earlier than the rest, the country was in a state of time confusion. The federal government and the states must sit down and agree to let the federal government handle the timezones,  so we can keep to the three timezones like in the winter months.

It's time for Western Australia to get with the times and move the clock forward each spring.

Dates when Western Australia has been on daylight saving

1st January, 1917 to 25th March, 1917
1st January, 1942 to 29th March, 1942
27th September, 1942 to 28th March, 1943
27th October, 1974 to 2nd March, 1975
30th October, 1983 to 4th March, 1984
17th November, 1991 to 1st March, 1992

Click here for more info on daylight saving in Western Australia.

This page was last updated on the 9th March, 2009 at 4:00pm WDT