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Overnight Camp Subsidy

Connecting students with the wonders of Wadjemup

Rottnest Island is a popular  school camp destination, offering a wealth of nature-based and cultural experiences to ignite curiosity among students of all ages. And now even more students can access the educational experiences on Wadjemup / Rottnest Island, with the Rottnest Island Authority Overnight Camp Subsidy.

Western Australian government public schools can apply for the program which includes from 75% to 100% subsidised fees for Rottnest Island Authority accommodation, bike hire and educational tours for schools which meet the criteria of an Index of Community Socio-Educational Advantage (ICSEA) percentile between 0 to 60 based on the Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority (ACRA) 2022 and 2023 database.

Eligible schools can apply for round one of the subsidy from 5 December 2023 until 1 March 2024 for overnight camp stay dates in Term 3 2024, subject to availability.


Overnight Camp Subsidy Inclusions 

Accommodation Accommodation in Kingstown Dorms, Hostel and Governor Circle for a maximum of 3 consecutive nights (Sunday to Thursday nights in Term 3 2024). 
Bike HireStandard pedal bikes (adult and child sizes) and accessible equipment for teachers and students. 
Educational Tours One educational tour with the Rottnest Voluntary Guides Association. 



Discounted Ferry Transfers

Ferry operators Rottnest Express and Rottnest Fast Ferries are supporting this program by providing discounts from 40% to 100% off transfers for successful applicants, subject to terms and conditions. Schools will need to make travel arrangements directly through their preferred ferry provider.


How to apply

  1. Read the Frequently Asked Questions to understand the eligibility requirements and selection criteria.
  2. Complete and submit the application form below before 1 March 2024 to apply for round one of the subsidy, and indicate your preferred dates of stay.

Please note: Applications will be assessed in order of ICSEA percentile from lowest to highest. Further priority will be given to applicants where the largest number of schools / students are able to be accommodated due to available dates of travel. Applicants will be assessed and advised in writing of the outcome week commencing 18 March 2024.

Application Form

To apply for the Rottnest Island Authority Overnight Camp Subsidy, please complete the below application form.

For more information regarding eligibility and the selection criteria, please review the Frequently Asked Questions  or contact us at  [email protected]