Join the program

Over 80% of Victorian early childhood services and 90% of Victorian primary schools are registered SunSmart members.

All Victorian childcare centres, family day care services, preschools, primary schools and special education schools are eligible to apply for SunSmart membership.

SunSmart has membership criteria which must be met to submit an application. For example, your school or service must have SunSmart policies and practices that follow SunSmart guidelines.

Terms and conditions

Registered SunSmart members must agree to the following terms and conditions:

  • To enforce the SunSmart policy to minimise skin cancer risk and help with vitamin D. The policy will also assist in addressing duty of care and health and safety responsibilities for staff and children.
  • To take reasonable steps to ensure that all staff, children and families are aware of the SunSmart policy and its requirements.
  • To inform SunSmart of any changes to the SunSmart policy and practices and anything else that may relate to or affect its inclusion in the SunSmart Program.
  • To complete a policy review every three years in order to renew membership.

How to apply

To complete this application, you will need a copy of your school or service's SunSmart policy in front of you to assist with answering the application questions. If you do not already have a SunSmart policy or need to update your current version, see our sample SunSmart policies for early childhood education and care services and primary schools. These can be used to form your own policy.

Please note: you will not be able to move to the next page unless all questions are complete and your answers follow SunSmart guidelines. If red text pops up, read this feedback and adjust your application response accordingly. Only applications that meet SunSmart membership criteria can be submitted.

You can save a draft of your application at any time and print a copy for your records.

Start online application

Out of school hours care

Out of school hours care (OSHC) services are not currently eligible for SunSmart membership.

As part of their national quality standards, OSHC services are required to have a written sun protection policy and adequate shade in the outdoor play space.

To help, SunSmart has developed a sample sun protection policy for OSHC and vacation care services to adapt and use.

Achievement Program

Schools and early childhood services can continue their commitment to health and wellbeing by joining the Achievement Program. You will be recognised for the work you have completed with SunSmart and get the opportunity to improve health in other areas, such as healthy eating and oral health, physical activity and mental health and wellbeing. For more information visit the Achievement Program website or call 1300 721 682.

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