Environmental Sustainability

Environmental Sustainability

The Rottnest Island Management Plan 2020-24 includes several initiatives driving improved environmental, social and financial sustainability. These include certification by EarthCheck, an internationally recognised sustainability program for the tourism industry.

Environmental Policy

The Environmental Policy is applicable to all operations and services undertaken by the RIA, lessees, licensees, volunteer organisations, contractors and other government agencies on Rottnest Island. 

Terrestrial Conservation Action Plan

The Terrestrial Conservation Action Plan (TCAP) is a key initiative under the Rottnest Island Management Plan and forms one of three management tools used to care for the unique and diverse island Environment.
The TCAP was developed with input from a variety of stakeholders, researchers and experts. The process was used to identify the natural values of the Rottnest Island Terrestrial Reserve, determine current and desired health, consider threatening processes, and identify priority conservation actions to enable resources to be directed where most needed.

Sustainability Action Plan

As the Destination Authority, the RIA is tasked with facilitating community-wide participation in meeting the Destination Standard. In order to do so, RIA has developed the Rottnest Island Sustainability Action Plan (SAP) in collaboration with Island stakeholders. The SAP complements and aligns to the Rottnest Island Management cycle in setting a foundation for the long-term vision of the Island to be an internationally recognised, sustainable, must-visit tourism destination. It provides a a set of goals for the Island community to collectively work towards longer-term sustainability aspirations whilst achieving an established set of sustainability targets over the short term to 2024. Performance against these objectives and targets will be monitored and refined through an iterative process of evaluation and analysis.


Rottnest island Authority is committed to conserving the Island's biodiversity (ecosystem, species and genetic diversity), protecting and enhancing ecological and landscape values and preventing degradation through the introduction of exotic species and weeds. 

The Biosecurity - Flora Importation Policy (PDF 1115KB) is a guideline that applies to all operations and services undertaken by the Rottnest Island Authority, lessees, licensees, volunteers, contractors and other government agencies and visitors to the Island. The Policy outlines a set of preventative measures designed to reduce the risk of transmission of infectious diseases, quarantined pests, invasive species and living modified organisms.

In accordance with RIA’s Rottnest Island Regulations 1988 Regulation 41B (2) any importation of flora on Rottnest Island requires the completion of the Biosecurity - Importation of Flora Request Form (PDF 226KB). 

Please complete the form electronically, save as a new document and return by email to rottnest.compliance@dbca.wa.gov.au.