Commercial Filming & Media

Commercial Filming Projects are welcomed to Rottnest Island

Commercial filming activities envisage the usage of film crews, props, sets, models, and/or the utilisation of Rottnest Island Authority staff and resources, beyond that made available to normal visitors to the Island. Commercial filming projects are defined as still, digital or video images taken for promotion of a product or service regardless of medium or format (e.g. digital, magnetic tape, celluloid, still, motion).

Commercial filming includes, but is not limited to:

  • Educational programs (documentaries)
  • Tourism promotion
  • Advertising (TV and print)
  • Feature films
  • Still photography for advertising (all other still photography will not require approval, a permit or payment of fees)

Filming Permits

Guidelines and permits are in place in order to manage the commercial filming and photography on the Island. Requests for commercial filming can vary enormously in scale, locations and other requirements and each application will be assessed on an individual basis.  

The commercial filming policy outlines guidelines for commercial filming on Rottnest Island. Please read this carefully before submitting a commercial filming application.

Download the commercial filming application form and email it to Commercial Filming for authorisation. Please note that applications for a Commercial Filming Permit should be submitted at least one month prior to commencement of filming.

For any enquiries or assistance, please contact the Rottnest Island Digital Marketing Coordinator on
+61 8 9432 9355 or email