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Development and Improvements Policy 

The approach to commercial developments and how businesses can apply to start on the island.

Shaping Development Applications on Rottnest Island

Rottnest Island Authority’s Development and Improvements Policy is designed to ensure that any proposed commercial developments improve the island’s amenity, promote its natural beauty, offer something to benefit all visitors to the island and, importantly, fit in with the existing business offerings.

It provides a clear structure and criteria to follow, which enables transparency and consistency in determining any approval for development on the island. It provides a robust framework to work within, while creating guidelines that ensures any development supports the key initiatives laid out in the Rottnest Island Management Plan.

Policy objectives

The key objectives of the Policy are to:

  • Provide an overview of the regulatory context and our responsibility for undertaking developments or improvements on Wadjemup.
  • Clarify what constitutes a development or improvement.
  • Establish a transparent framework for clearly, consistently, and responsibly assessing all development and improvement applications.
  • Detail the criteria required for all applications.
  • Clearly outline the options available when determining an application for development or improvement.


Download the Development and Improvements Policy

Maps and resources

When proposing a development or improvement on Wadjemup, it is important to make sure that all the relevant information is submitted. This includes information about any specific environmental considerations, cultural precincts, heritage area boundaries, and more.

You can find everything you need to know here.


How to apply for a new business on Wadjemup

Supporting new local operators to get up and running on the island is a key part of improving the visitor experience and amenity. Rottnest Island Authority release an annual Expression of Interest (EOI), seeking proposals for innovative recreational, leisure and Aboriginal business offerings.

Read about the EOI process