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.


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

The Rottnest Island Management Plan (RIMP) 2014-19 was released to the public on 18 December 2014.  The RIMP includes a 20-year vision for the development of Rottnest Island and proposes a suite of initiatives to improve visitor experiences and achieve the long term sustainability of Rottnest Island.  The attached report provides a summary of the progress and actions made during 2016 based on the individual initiatives contained in the RIMP. 

Download the RIMP progress report.

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 two month public consultation process facilitated by independent research company TBS Global, 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.