About Rottnest Island Authority

Rottnest Island is an A-Class Reserve managed by the Rottnest Island Authority under the provisions of the Rottnest Island Authority Act 1987 (the Act) which establishes the Authority as a statutory body 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 became part of the Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions from 1 July 2018.

The department brings together the functions and staff of the former Department of Parks and Wildlife with those of the Botanic Gardens and Parks Authority, Rottnest Island Authority and the Zoological Parks Authority.

The department is led by Director General Mark Webb PSM. The department has 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.

Organisation Structure

Ms Michelle Reynolds is the Executive Director of the Rottnest Island Authority.

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

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.