SunSmart Secondary School Program

Sun exposure in adolescence greatly increases the chances of developing skin cancer later in life.

The Secondary School UV Program aims to minimise student and staff exposure to ultraviolet (UV) radiation from the sun at school and during school-associated activities.

A UV member has a UV policy that is put into action during all outdoor school activities. This policy must meet the criteria developed by Cancer Council Tasmania.

Why become a member of the program?

Schools, in partnership with families and their communities, have an important role in reducing sun exposure because:

  • Schools have a duty of care to protect students and staff from harm. A sun protection policy can assist schools to meet this obligation.
  • The crucial period for sustaining damage from sun exposure occurs during the school years.
  • Children and adolescents are at school during peak UV radiation times five days a week.
  • Schools can influence sun protection behaviours through education.
  • Sun protection policies can be included in existing health policies.

The UV program is FREE to join, provides you with ongoing updated sun protection information, support and resources. It demonstrates a commitment to sun protection for staff and students to the school community and the broader community.

Developing a UV secondary schools policy

  1. Create a UV policy by implementing at least one criteria from each category within the template. It is anticipated that schools will work towards achieving all of these criteria over time.
  2. Once the relevant criteria have been selected, email your policy for review and completed Contact Details and Agreement form to
  3. The final tailored policy will be returned to your school for confirmation.
  4. Once the above steps have been completed, your school will be awarded membership to the Secondary School UV Program. Membership is free and lasts for 3 years.

Renew your UV membership

Cancer Council Tasmania requires members of the program to review their policy every three years to maintain their Secondary School UV Program membership. Renewal is free of charge.

Fill in our Contact Details and Partnership Agreement Form and submit with your current sun protection policy via:



SunSmart Officer
Cancer Council Tasmania
69 Howick Street Launceston 7250


Phone our SunSmart Officer to discuss on 6779 1103



The SunSmart website has a variety of curriculum resources for secondary school students on sun protection, vitamin D and skin cancer.

These include:

  • Activity sheets
  • SRC kit: SunSmart invites Student Representative Councils (SRC) from secondary schools to join in the fight against skin cancer by devising strategies to help their school community achieve a healthy UV balance. This resource will guide your SRC through the steps to consider in the process.
  • Signs
  • Posters
  • SunSmart widget
  • SunSmart app

Generation Sunsmart: Students and teachers can learn about skin cancer, being SunSmart, and how to incorporate sun protection strategies into your day to day activities by completing the modules:

The Sun Sound is available for UV members. It is a 5 second jingle to remind students to use the 5 sun protection measures. It is ideal for school carnivals. This can be accessed by contacting SunSmart Officer on 6779 1103 or emailing

Real Stories

The Real Stories education resource for Year 7-10 secondary school students includes a series of videos and lessons examining the issues related to young people and skin cancer. The activities throughout the resource can be used individually or as part of a comprehensive unit. Teachers should note that reference is made to skin cancer throughout the resource and can therefore be upsetting for students. The resource addresses the consequences of cancer and shows footage of surgical procedures. It is recommended that teachers review the material beforehand to ensure it is suitable for students.

Real Stories Secondary School Resource