Most moorings in Rottnest Island waters are licensed, with the exception of those available for rental. Licensed moorings can only be used by licensees or their authorised users. Annual fees apply for licensed moorings. Additionally, all users of licenced moorings must pay admission fees.

Terms and conditions
All mooring site licensee are subject to the terms and conditions of vessel entry to the Rottnest Island Reserve. In addition, licensees are advised that:

  • During the term of a licence, licensees are required to have a mooring inspection report at all times that ensures mooring complies with mooring specifications. They must ensure they submit a mooring inspection report showing the condition of the mooring.
  • The licensee is required to renew their licence before the end of each season.

Annual Fees
Licensees must pay a license fee based on the registered length of the vessel. See more information about license fees here.

In addition to the per metre licence fee, licensees also pay annual admission fees dependent on the registered length of the vessel. Click here for more information about annual admission fees.

Please see here for information on refunds

Authorised users
The mooring site licensee can allocate authorised users to their own moorings. A licensee may add as many authorised users as they wish. Each vessel must fit within the certified length of the mooring and authorisation is only granted once the applicant has submitted an application form and received a current sticker. 

The Rottnest Island Authority can also appoint authorised users to a mooring based on demand. All authorised users must contact the licensee of a site before its use to establish availability and must observe the priority-of-use guidelines for the Shared Mooring System. More information is available at authorised users here.

Change of details
If a current licensee's personal or contact details change, the licensee needs to confirm these changes in writing to the RIA via email at moorings@rottnestisland.com.

If a licensee sells their nominated vessel, they need to advise the RIA in writing the date of sale as soon as possible and return all Rottnest stickers from that vessel. Please complete an Application to Substitute a Vessel 2020/2021 form with the return of the stickers. Once the date of sale has been confirmed by the licensee, the RIA can then approve six months from the date of sale for them to nominate another suitable vessel to their mooring licence. 

Secondary vessels
The Shared Mooring System allows for a suitable secondary vessel to be tied alongside a licensee’s or authorised user’s primary vessel while on a certified mooring.

Secondary vessels must comply with the secondary vessel guidelines.

If you would like to register an additional vessel owned by you to your own mooring site licence, please complete an Application to Register an Additional Vessel to a Mooring Site Licence 2020-2021.

Unattended secondary vessels

  • Mooring site licensees can attach and leave a tender or secondary vessel unattended on their mooring during the summer months, between 1 October and 30 April. Vessels must be removed from Rottnest Island waters outside of these dates. The vessel must be secured in a way that does not preclude other vessels within the Shared Mooring System from using the mooring site.

Licensees should be aware that:

  • A tender is a vessel that is 3.75m long or less. Vessels of this length do not need to pay admission fees.
  • All vessels greater than 3.75m are classed as additional vessels and must comply with additional vessel guidelines
  • Any tender or additional vessel (regardless of size) left unattended should be registered with the Rottnest Island Authority as part of your mooring licence. This ensures rangers can identify the vessel as being permitted to occupy the mooring.

Important: Only licensees can directly secure their tender or secondary vessel to their own registered mooring site without the primary vessel in attendance. They must be an owner of the vessel and have it registered to their mooring licence. This is not available for an authorised users’ tenders.  The vessel must be secured in a way that does not preclude other vessels within the Shared Mooring System from using the mooring site.