Events & festivals

Event and festival organisers have a duty of care to protect patrons as well as their staff and volunteers. So UV radiation needs to be considered as part of safety and risk management planning and during the event.

Here are some simple strategies to help organisers to meet their legally mandated health and safety requirements to help protect staff, volunteers and patrons from skin and eye damage, and ultimately, skin cancer.

Please note: As a not-for-profit program, SunSmart does not have the resources to be able to provide free sunscreen or shade for community events.

How to hold a SunSmart event


  • Planning: Use the SunSmart festivals and outdoor events checklist to help with the planning and smooth running of a sun safe event.
  • Timing: Where possible, schedule your event for early morning or late afternoon/evening to avoid peak UV times.
  • Location: Use the Shade comparison check to assess the quality of shade at your proposed event location and identify strategies for taking advantage of existing shade spaces and/or portable shade structures.
  • Training: Train staff and volunteers to understand UV radiation risks at work and how they can reduce their UV exposure with good sun protection. If you provide uniforms, ensure they meet sun protection guidelines. Find more information on providing a safe working environment here .
  • Messaging: Remind patrons to bring sun protection via pre-event bulletins, website banners, event guides and social media. 

On the day

  • Sun protection times: Have the daily sun protection times on display via signage or by adding the free SunSmart widget to your event website. If your festival has an app, you could also include sun protection reminders and tips.
  • Sunscreen provision: Arrange for sunscreen to be sold or made available at your event. Contact a local sunscreen retailer, such as a pharmacy or supermarket, who may like to support your event with sunscreen. Sunscreen may be tax deductible for staff.
  • Role modelling: Encourage staff and volunteers to role model SunSmart practices and invite performers to promote the sun protection message during festival sets.
  • Big screens: Play the Sid Seagull TVC during appropriate breaks in the event proceedings to remind patrons about sun protection.
  • PA announcements: Play SunSmart’s pre-recorded public announcements over a loudspeaker during the event to remind patrons to use and reapply sun protection.
  • Resources: Create a display of SunSmart resources including brochures, posters and magnet cards.

Links & Downloads Format Size
Advice for festivals located in Victoria. Use it to help meet your OHS obligations and plan a sun safe event.
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Advice for festivals around Australia. Use it to help meet your OHS obligations and plan a sun safe event.
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These guidelines can be used by individuals, organisations and local governments wanting to increase availability of quality shade in a range of settings.
pdf 1287 Kb


SunSmart pre-recorded announcements

- Community messages: Message 1 Message 2 Message 3

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