Queensland's health minister has made an announcement banning new commercial solariums in the state from January 1st, 2013.
'Under new regulations, the possession, supply and use of new commercial solaria will be banned,' Health Minister Lawrence Springborg announced on Sunday.
Mr Springborg told people that there was a 75% elevated risk of melanoma among those who use sun beds and stand-up tanning machines before the age of 35.
Solariums used by health practitioners for diagnostic or therapeutic procedures will not come under this ban. Even privately owned solariums for personal use is exempt.
'This ban on new equipment will accelerate the trend away from solaria as existing equipment fails or as licensees relocate,' Mr Springborg said.