Secondary School Online Policy

Australia has one of the highest rates of skin cancer in the world, with two in three Australians developing some form of skin cancer before age 70. Melanoma is one of the most commonly diagnosed cancers in Victorians aged 15–29.  Yet most skin cancers can be prevented by using sun protection measures at appropriate times of the year.

The sun’s ultraviolet (UV) radiation is the major cause of skin cancer. UV damage accumulated during childhood and adolescence is strongly associated with an increased risk of skin cancer in later life.

Given school hours fall within peak UV periods of the day, a comprehensive policy will assist schools to adopt healthy UV practices. This policy is suitable for all E12, P12 and 712 schools.

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A combination of sun protection measures is recommended whenever UV levels reach three or higher. The daily sun protection times are a forecast from the Bureau of Meteorology for the time of day UV levels are forecast to reach three or higher for your location. You can access these times using the free SunSmart app, at or .

In Victoria, UV levels will reach three or higher from mid-August to the end of April. If you are unable to access the daily local sun protection times, please implement the sun protection measures listed in this policy from mid-August to the end of April.

Implementation throughout Terms 1 and 4 only is insufficient to protect against UV risks.

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UV Policy

Note: As a minimum standard, schools must be currently implementing at least one criteria from each category within the policy. It is anticipated that schools will work towards achieving all of these criteria over time.

Clothing This is a required field.

Sun-protective clothing is included in our school uniform/dress code and sports uniform in the following ways:

Staff OH&S This is a required field.

From a workplace perspective, secondary schools must ensure, so far as reasonably practicable, that staff are protected from UV exposure when outdoors during peak UV periods. Staff members must also take reasonable care for their own health and safety by complying with reasonable instructions given by the Principal, and co-operating with reasonable policies or procedures relating to health and safety in the school environment.

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By submitting you automatically apply to join the SunSmart UV Program.

Submitting also agrees to the following Terms & Conditions:

  • To enforce this UV policy as documented.
  • To take reasonable steps to ensure that all staff, students and families are aware of the UV policy and its requirements.
  • To inform SunSmart of any changes to the school’s policy and practices.
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