Key messages

  • As of 1 January 2015, it is illegal to possess or sell a commercial tanning unit, or to conduct a commercial tanning practice (solarium).
  • All management licences authorising the possession of a commercial tanning unit were cancelled as of this date.

Due to the associated health risks, commercial tanning units have been banned in Victoria since January 2015. Commercial solarium operators are also banned in New South Wales, South Australia, Tasmania, the Australian Capital Territory, Queensland and Western Australia. There are no commercial solariums operating in the Northern Territory.

In Victoria, all radiation management licences that authorised the possession of commercial tanning units were cancelled on 1 January 2015. It is now an offence to possess or sell a commercial tanning unit, or conduct a commercial tanning practice (solarium). A person must not provide, or offer to provide the use of, a tanning unit, or operate or offer to operate a tanning unit for fee or reward.

To report the unlawful use of tanning units being used for commercial purposes, or for further queries regarding solarium legislation in Victoria, contact the Department of Health and Human Services Radiation Team on 1300 767 469 or email

More information

Find out more about UV radiation and solariums (sunbeds and tanning beds) on the Better Health Channel.

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