As of 1 January 2016 the possession and operation of sun-tanning units for commercial purposes was banned in Western Australia. The use of a sun tanning unit by a commercial operator incurs a penalty as prescribed under section 25(1) of the Radiation Safety Act 1975.

A person can possess and operate a sun-tanning unit within their own private residence for personal use only. The use of a sun-tanning unit for either fee or reward is prohibited.

For those interested in the health issues surrounding solaria, the World Health Organisation (WHO) [external website] website contains a summary document [external website; PDF 593KB] that is available for download. The International Commission for Non-Ionizing Radiation Protection (ICNIRP) [external website] and the Cancer Council Western Australia [external website] websites also have summary information on this topic.

A copy of the Australia/New Zealand Standard for Solaria for Cosmetic Purposes (AS/NZS 2635) can be obtained from Standards Australia [external website]. Note that a fee may be payable to obtain the Standard.

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Page last revised: 7 December 2016