There is huge variability in ultraviolet (UV) radiation levels across Australia. In Victoria from September to April, when average UV levels are 3 and above sun protection is required. At this level, the UV radiation is strong enough to damage the skin and eyes. When the UV is below 3, sun protection is not required unless near reflective surfaces such as snow or outside for extended periods.
Check the SunSmart UV Alert each day to find out the times of day it is most important to use sun protection. You can find it on the Bureau of Meteorology and SunSmart websites or on the free SunSmart app.
During the daily sun protection times (when the UV Index is at 3 or above) SunSmart recommends using a combination of the five sun protection measures:
UV levels are most intense in the middle of the day.
By taking these steps you can:
The following are some typical activities where Australians typically report sunburn and tanning:
During the daily sun protection times, babies under 12 months should not be exposed to direct UV and should be well protected from the sun.
People with naturally very dark skin (known as skin type 5 or 6) still need to take care in the sun even though they may rarely, if ever, get sunburnt.
The sunscreen calculator provides an approximate amount of sunscreen required for one full body application based on your size and clothing cover.