1992 Queensland daylight saving referendum

Daylight saving time was trialled in the state of Queensland, Australia, during the 1989/90 season, with the trial extended for a further two years—1990/91 and 1991/92.[1] The last full day of daylight saving in Queensland was Saturday 29 February 1992, with clocks officially wound back an hour on Sunday 1 March at 3am.[2]

Daylight Saving Task Force

During the initial one-year trial in 1989/90, a Daylight Saving Task Force was appointed to monitor and report community opinions, as well as provide recommendations to the Queensland Government.[1] The task force made five recommendations, of which only two were implemented, these being: the extension of the daylight saving trial for a further two years (1990/91 – 1991/92); and that a statewide referendum be held after the extended daylight saving trial period.[1] The task force had noted that the Brisbane and Moreton regions (south-east Queensland) were "clearly in favour of daylight saving", which led them to the following further recommendation: "that daylight saving be introduced for that part of the State east of 151°East longitude" i.e. a dual time zone arrangement for Queensland.[1]

Daylight Saving Referendum

Daylight Saving Referendum
22 February 1992 (1992-02-22)

Are you in favour of daylight saving?
Response Votes  %
Yes 744,686 45.50%
No 892,119 54.50%
Valid votes 1,636,805 99.56%
Invalid or blank votes 7,313 0.44%
Total votes 1,644,118 100.00%
Registered voters/turnout 1,835,727 89.56%

After trialling daylight saving in Queensland for a total of three years, a referendum was held on 22 February 1992, with the question: "Are you in favour of daylight saving?"[1] and was defeated with a 54.5% 'no' vote.[3]

This referendum result displayed the same distinct trend that the task force had recognised—that public opinion on daylight saving in Queensland is geographically divided, with the 'no' vote strongest in the north and west regional districts, while the 'yes' vote was strongest in the state's metropolitan south-east.[1]

See also


  1. Westcott, Mary (July 2010). "1992 Daylight Saving in Queensland" (PDF). Queensland Parliamentary Library; Research Brief No 2010/22. pp. 15, 16, 17, 18, 19. Archived (PDF) from the original on 12 September 2017. Retrieved 12 September 2017.
  2. Bureau of Meteorology. "Implementation Dates of Daylight Saving Time within Australia". Archived from the original on 12 March 2011. Retrieved 29 January 2011.
  3. "Daylight Saving Referendum" (PDF). Electoral Commission of Queensland. July 1992. Archived from the original (PDF) on 11 September 2017. Retrieved 12 September 2017.