About Rottnest Island Authority

Rottnest Island is an A-Class Reserve governed by the Rottnest Island Authority Act, 1987 (the Act) which establishes the Rottnest Island Authority as a statutory body to control and manage the Island, reporting to the Minister for Tourism.

The Act gives the Authority the power to control and manage the Island for the following purposes:

  • to provide and operate recreational and holiday facilities on the Island;
  • to protect the flora and fauna of the Island; and
  • to maintain and protect the natural environment and the man-made resources of the Island to the extent that the Authority’s resources allow, repair its natural environment.

A message to our stakeholders

The Rottnest Island Authority will become part of the new Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions from 1 July this year.

This new department will bring together the functions and staff of the Department of Parks and Wildlife, Botanic Gardens and Parks Authority, Rottnest Island Authority and the Zoological Parks Authority.

It will be led by Interim Director General Mark Webb PSM and have a strong emphasis on improving Western Australia’s natural attractions as key tourism assets, and creating opportunities for private sector investment and partnerships while conserving environmental values. Another benefit is that it will consolidate conservation science under one department to build and share knowledge of the State’s biodiversity.

This will be a staged and smooth transition, with no disruption to day-to-day operations and services for visitors at Perth Zoo, Kings Park and Botanic Garden, Bold Park, Rottnest Island or at any of the State’s many national and marine parks. It also provides an opportunity for greater behind-the-scenes collaboration among like-minded people to keep enhancing these natural attractions that are enjoyed by millions of visitors each year.

The public sector renewal process announced by the Premier Hon Mark McGowan MLA represents a very significant structural change across government, and the Rottnest Island Authority will continue to keep our stakeholders informed as we implement the new department.

Organisation Structure

Ms Michelle Reynolds, CEO of Workcover since 2008, has joined the RIA as Acting Executive Director, with effect from 4 January 2017.

Board of Management

The Board of the Rottnest Island Authority consists of a Chair, appointed by the Governor on the nomination of the Minister for Tourism, and five other members appointed in the same manner. View the Rottnest Island Authority Board Members

Responsible Minister

Hon Paul Papalia CSC, MLA Minister for Tourism; Racing and Gaming; Small Business; Defence Issues; Citizenship and Multicultural Interests; Responsible for administering the Rottnest Island Authority Act 1987, and reporting the Rottnest Island Authority's actions to Parliament annually.

Visit the website of Hon Paul Papalia CSC, MLA.
Download a copy of the Rottnest Island Authority Act from the State Law Publishers.