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Daylight saving begins in most states

People in Australia's southeast may have lost an hour of sleep but will enjoy extra evening sunlight following the start of daylight saving.

Most smartphone devices and computers automatically adjust the time, however analogue clocks need to be manually moved forward an hour in NSW, Victoria, Tasmania, South Australia and the ACT.

A way to remember how to change clocks for daylight saving is 'spring forward' at the start, and when it ends in autumn, it's 'fall back'.

The change means Sydney and Melbourne are now an hour ahead of Brisbane, 90 minutes in front of Darwin and three hours ahead of Perth.

Queensland has long debated whether to join in on daylight saving, but Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk ruled it out two years ago saying the issue is too divisive.

Australia now has five active time zones: Australian Eastern Daylight Time (AEDT), Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST), Australian Central Daylight Time (ACDT), Australian Central Standard Time (ACST) and Australian Western Standard Time (AWST).

Daylight saving ends on April 4, 2021.

© AAP 2020