National SunSmart Program

Skin cancer prevention

Queensland is the skin cancer capital of the world. Since 1999, the National SunSmart Program has been recognising Queensland primary schools, OSHC (Outside School Hours Care) and early childhood centres who are leaders in helping to reduce the risk of skin cancer. Childhood sun exposure is an important contributing risk factor in the development of skin cancer later in life. Teaching sun safety practices to children throughout their learning years helps shape healthy long term habits.

Joining the iconic National SunSmart program is the first of many simple steps your school or service can take to help reduce skin cancer rates in Queensland.

How to join?

  • Fill out the application form online.
  • Submit your application and accompanying sun safety policy
  • Successful applicants will be notified and receive a SunSmart sign

For schools/OSHC complete the application form here

For early childhood centres complete the application form here

Applications will be assessed based on the following criteria:

  • Written and implemented sun safety policy
  • Teaching and learning programs relating to sun protection
  • SunSmart hat and uniform
  • Sunscreen use encouraged for outdoor activities
  • Shade provided outdoors
  • Scheduling of outdoor activities during low UV times
  • Reinforcement and promotion of the SunSmart message
  • Role modelling by adults

If your organisation doesn’t meet the above criteria, we encourage you to join our free QUEST program to access supporting resources to help you get started. Register at The QUEST team is also available to provide assistance – contact us.

Maintaining your SunSmart status

Your organisation’s SunSmart status will be reviewed every three years. Cancer Council Queensland will send you a reminder to complete the Review form. Mark this date in your calendar and complete the review form online.

For schools/OSHC complete the review form here

For early childhood centres complete the review form here