Management Plans & Legislation

The Rottnest Island Authority (RIA) new five year management plan outlines the strategic direction and outcomes it is seeking to achieve for the benefit of Rottnest Island.

Legislation

The Rottnest Island Authority administers the management of the Island under the provisions of the Rottnest Island Authority Act 1987 and Rottnest Island Regulations. Download a copy of the Rottnest Island Regulations or the Rottnest Island Authority Act from the State Law Publisher.

Rottnest Island Management Plan 2014-19

A New Vision and Direction

The Rottnest Island Authority is required by its legislation to manage Rottnest Island in accordance with a 5-year management plan. The Rottnest Island Management Plan (RIMP) 2014-19 has been approved by the Minister for Tourism and was gazetted on 16 December 2014. This management plan replaces the previous RIMP 2009-14.

The RIMP 2014-19, which for the first time includes a master plan for developing the Island, is the first five-year instalment of a 20-year vision for Rottnest Island and focuses on meeting the challenges facing the Island’s management in the context of a fluctuating economy and tourism market. The new RIMP also continues to focus on the challenges associated with the management of an A-class reserve, situated within a coastal environment and the location of extensive cultural heritage. The Island’s unique heritage, landscape and biodiversity are the very values that attract visitors to the Island, and the need to maintain and enhance these values underpins the way forward.

  • Improved visitor experience
  • Conservation and improved access to cultural heritage
  • Protection of the unique environment
  • Professional relationships with stakeholders
  • Financial sustainability
  • Rottnest Island Master Plan – A 20 Year Vision

Download the Rottnest Island Management Plan 2014-19 (Pdf 19.42MB)

Progress report on RIMP 2014-19

A progress report on the RIMP in its first year of implementation has been completed The RIA has made good progress on all policy objectives.  Visitor numbers, visitor satisfaction and revenue are all positive, and new developments on the Island are progressing well.

Download the RIMP progress report.

Summary of Public Comment

The development of the RIMP 2014-19 included two months of comment from the Western Australian public who were invited to make written submissions on a draft RIMP. There were 177 valid submissions including 13 responses received from 'organisations'.   An independent research company, TNS Global, was commissioned to collate and summarise the submissions to determine the level of support, as well as any concerns and issues, and provide a detailed report to the Rottnest Island Authority.   View the summary report on the submissions and the RIA’s response.

Accountability and Audits by Regulatory Agencies

The Rottnest Island Authority has commenced implementation of the Rottnest Island Management Plan 2014-2019 (RIMP). This five year strategic plan was subject to a public consultation process before being approved and endorsed by the Minister for Tourism.

The RIMP proposes a number of commercial developments for the Island. As concepts and business cases are refined, these projects will be taken to the market following due process. Scrutiny by regulatory agencies, primarily the Environmental Protection Agency and Heritage Council of WA will be in addition to projects being subject to the RIA’s strict Environmental and Development Planning Policy & Guidelines.

Please note the RIMP document may take several minutes to download onto your computer due to it's large size.