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Rottnest Island


A 20 Year Vision

Invitation for Submissions

The Rottnest Island Authority (RIA) is developing a new Rottnest Island Management Plan (RIMP) to guide its management of the Island from 2014 to 2019. The Draft Rottnest Island Management Plan 2014-19 was released on 7 April 2014 for a period of two months public comment.

You are invited to provide your views on the draft Management Plan.

The draft Management Plan can be viewed here or inspected at the RIA Offices at Fremantle (E Shed, Victoria Quay), the Rottnest Island Visitor Centre, and at selected libraries across Perth including the State Library, and Midland, Rockingham, Armadale and Scarborough libraries.

Have your say

You can have your say by completing the online submission form or by filling in the form and mailing it to:

Rottnest Island Management Plan Submissions
Rottnest Island Authority
PO Box 693, Fremantle, Western Australia 6959

or delivering it to:

 Quayside Visitor Centre, E Shed, Victoria Quay, Fremantle

Please tell us your views on specific objectives in the spaces provided. You can indicate your level of support, provide relevant comment or make suggestions. It is not necessary to fill in all sections.

Please provide your details and any general comments on the last page of the submission form.

Submissions close at 5pm on Friday 6 June 2014

The RIA will consider all comments before the draft Plan is finalised. The Management Plan will be reviewed according to the criteria below. A summary of submissions will be published on the RIA’s website, with an indication of how the Plan was amended or not amended in response to the submissions. The RIMP 2014-19 will be submitted to the Minister for Tourism for endorsement before being released.

Criteria for considering submissions:

1. The draft Management Plan may be amended if a submission:

  • provides additional information of direct relevance to management;
  • indicates a change in or clarifies government legislation, management policy or commitment;
  • proposes strategies that would better achieve the management objectives; or
  • indicates omissions or lack of clarity.

2. The draft Management Plan may not be amended if a submission:

  • addresses issues beyond the scope of the Plan;
  • makes points that are already in the Plan or were considered during its preparation;
  • makes points which are operational rather than strategic in nature; or
  • contributes options that are not possible due to legislation, government policy or funding requirements.

Rottnest Island Management Plan Submission Form

Strategic Overview

Our Vision
Rottnest Island is an internationally recognised, sustainable, must-visit tourism destination.
Our Mission
Grow visitor numbers and yield by providing best-in-class tourism products, experiences and services while enhancing Rottnest Island’s unique heritage and environment.

In brief

  • Rottnest Island is an A-class reserve. Its significance lies in its unique environment, including terrestrial, lake and marine ecosystems, and its rich and diverse cultural heritage.
  • The Rottnest Island Authority (RIA) manages the Island under the Rottnest Island Authority Act 1987 and Rottnest Island Regulations 1988.
  • The proposed policy objectives and strategies reflect the need for the RIA to adopt a more commercial approach to the management of Rottnest Island.
  • There are five critical areas that the RIA needs to focus on to ensure the continued success and sustainability of Rottnest Island:
  1. Improved visitor experiences;
  2. Conservation and improved access to cultural heritage;
  3. Protection of the unique environment;
  4. Professional relationships with stakeholders; and
  5. Financial sustainability.

Each focus area will comprise a policy objective, each supported by a suite of strategies to be implemented over the five-year period of the RIMP. Progress towards achieving each policy objective will be assessed using relevant performance measures.

  • The policy objectives and strategies were developed using the following ‘guiding principles’:

Rottnest Island will be vibrant, unique and best-in-class.

Products, facilities, services and functions will be provided that meet or exceed market expectations and will be based on achieving a commercial rate of return.

Development will be consistent with the Rottnest Island Conservation Management Plan, development outside the settlement may be considered.

Strategic decisions will be supported by business cases.

The Rottnest Island Authority ‘generally’ should not be in business as a commercial provider.

The main market for Rottnest Island will remain Western Australians with a focus on growing the national and international visitation segments.

Business competition that benefits Rottnest Island visitors will be encouraged.

The future cost of Rottnest Island to Government will be minimised.