Tweed Shire Council offers staff the choice of time zones when DST kicks in.
Tweed Shire Council offers staff the choice of time zones when DST kicks in. Chris Bernard

Council staff get time zone choice

THE annual cross border time difference caused by NSW daylight saving time often triggers confusion for Queensland-based consultants and clients of Tweed Shire Council.

The council reports the time difference consistently causes problems including for people applying for council jobs.

"It's common for them to forget the time difference and arrive an hour late for appointments," the council's director of technology and corporate services Troy Green said.

However, Queensland based Tweed council staff don't run the risk of turning up late for work as they have the option to change their work hours to suit their location or family circumstances.

Would you like the option of preferring which time zone you work in?

This poll ended on 15 October 2012.

Current Results

Yes, that would be amazing.

52%

No, I'm happy working DST.

47%

This is not a scientific poll. The results reflect only the opinions of those who chose to participate.

Mr Green said the council had flexible work hour protocols which could assist the significant number of council employees who lived north of the border or had family members who worked or studied in Queensland.

"Many staff opt to adjust their work hours for the duration of daylight saving," Mr Green added.

A Gold Coast City Council spokesperson said no flexible work hours, similar to that operating at Tweed Shire council, existed at Gold Coast City Council.

The spokesperson said the council had not experienced any real problems with the cross border time difference and staff residing in NSW simply turned up to work on time.



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