Tanning, Myths and Getting your skin checked



Shade is one of the easiest ways to protect yourself from the sun.

Using shade can reduce your UV exposure by up to 75%!

Seeking shade

Guidelines to Shade (PDF 4MB)

Cancer Institute NSW shade case studies (PDF 901KB)

UV Radiation and UV Index Tools


UV radiation cannot be felt or seen, so it’s possible for the sun to damage your skin even on cool or overcast days.  Download our UV resources to plan when to schedule outdoor activities. In NSW, UV levels are high enough (i.e. UV index 3 or above) to damage unprotected skin most months of the year.

About UV Radiation:

What is UV Radiation

UV Alert Poster (PDF 233KB)

Protect Yourself from UV From and To poster (PDF 90KB)

Think UV Not Heat poster (PDF107KB)


UV Alert Widget

SunSmart App (Android & iOS)

Vitamin D


When the UV Index is 3 or above, most people maintain adequate Vitamin D levels just by spending a few minutes outdoors on most days of the week.

Additional information: About Vitamin D webpage


Become a SunSmart Educator


Generation SunSmart is an eLearning site that contains:

• Modules around skin cancer

• Being SunSmart

• Sun protection strategies.


They can be completed at your own pace and revisited at any time.

Complete all the modules to receive a Generation SunSmart certificate!  

Generation SunSmart (eLearning site)

External Resources

Cancer Institute NSW Sun and UV at School resources

Developed in consultation with Cancer Council NSW, the Cancer Institute NSW has released a suite of interactive skin cancer prevention resources for NSW schools which support students to make healthy, safe and proactive choice about sun protection to reduce their risk of skin cancer.

The evidence-based resources were developed to align with the objectives, content, skills and outcomes of the NSW PDHPE and Science K-10 syllabuses. To access these new resources, visit the Sun and UV at School website.


Melanoma Institute Australia

Australian Bureau of Meteorology (UV index information) 

Australasian College of Dermatologists

WHO: Sun Protection