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Dates and times



Use these formats when writing:
  • dates: 18 September 2018, or 18 Sep 2018 in tables or where space is an issue
  • date ranges: 2012 to 2018 (do not use a dash)
  • financial years or school years: 2017/18
  • 18 September 2018, not September 18 2018


When writing about the time:
  • use the 12-hour clock instead of the 24-hour clock, for example, 7.30pm not 19:30hrs
  • use a full stop to separate hours and minutes instead of a colon, for example, 9.15pm not 9:15pm
  • use am and pm with hours in numbers only not spelt out, for example, 9am not nine am, but nine o’clock
  • do not include zero minutes with hours unless necessary, for example, 9am not 9.00am, but 9.15am
  • write 12 noon or 12 midnight (with a space) not 12pm or 12am
  • for time ranges use 9am to 4pm (do not use a dash)

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