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Sun protection

Advice on reducing health effects associated with ultraviolet radiation (UVR) exposure from the sun

Australia has one of the highest rates of skin cancer in the world, with two out of three Australians developing some form of skin cancer during their lifetime. Continuous exposure to ultraviolet radiation (UVR) may lead to premature ageing of the skin and eventually skin cancer. The majority of skin cancers in Australia are caused by exposure to UV radiation in sunlight.

Frequently asked questions

Fact sheets

The following fact sheets provide information on the measures required for protection against the harmful effects of ultraviolet radiation (UVR):

Links to key reports and assessments


The Wes Bonny Story (produced by SunSmart Victoria) describes his lost battle with melanoma and the importance of sun protection.