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Rottnest Island

Corporate Information 

Rottnest Island Managment Plan 2009-2014

The Rottnest Island Management Plan 2009-2014 (RIMP) is required to be developed at least every five years by the Rottnest Island Authority Act 1987.  The RIMP is developed with input from the community, stakeholders and staff.  The RIMP seeks to maintain the balance between the functions set out in the Rottnest Island Authority Act 1987 – providing holiday and recreation facilities for visitors, and protecting and maintaining the natural and built environment of the A-class Reserve. The theme of the current RIMP is sustainability – environmental, social and financial.  

To view a copy of the Rottnest Island Managment Plan 2009-2014 please click here.

Reconciliation Action Plan

The Rottnest Island Authority is pleased to announce the launch of its Reconciliation Action Plan.

Rottnest Island (known as Wadjemup to Noongar people) is spiritually important to Aboriginal people.

Before sea level change, about 6,700 years ago, Wadjemup was the highest point on the Swan Coastal Plain. Wadjemup was an important traditional place where Aboriginal groups met for ceremony and cultural activity. This early occupation is verified by archaeological evidence.

The Island has significance for all West Australian Aboriginal people today because of its sad history as a Native Prison between 1838 and 1931 when the last prisoner left the Island. Over 3,700 Aboriginal men and boys from throughout the State were sent to Rottnest Island during this period. In the 1830s and 1840s they were predominantly Noongar men from the Swan and Avon Valley regions and the South West. By the 1850s, with the discovery of gold in the Kalgoorlie region, the Wongi peoples were imprisoned on the Island. From the 1860s onwards, over 1000 men from the Pilbara and Kimberley were incarcerated. The prisoners were important men in their language groups as they were the Elders, Loremen and warriors. It is reported that over 370 Aboriginal prisoners died on Rottnest Island. While many deaths were caused by disease and injury, historical records indicate that at least five prisoners were hanged in the gaol.

During their time on the Island Aboriginal prisoners constructed a large number of buildings and other structures including the seawall and lighthouses. Most of the development took place in Thomson Bay. The native prison (known as The Quod) and the Burial Ground, where nearly 400 Aboriginal men are buried in an unmarked grave, are of particular significance to Aboriginal people.

The Rottnest Island Authority recognises the pre- and post-settlement cultural significance of Rottnest Island for Aboriginal people and therefore its position of responsibility to ensure the Island is appropriately managed. The Authority is working closely with Aboriginal people to ensure that its actions and decisions are informed, culturally appropriate, and deliver economic opportunities for Indigenous people through tourism and related activity.

The Rottnest Island Authority has released a Reconciliation Action Plan to identify the specific actions it will take to achieve improved social and economic outcomes for Indigenous Western Australians.

Information Statment

The Information Statement is intended to assist the public in obtaining information held by the Rottnest Island Authority. The Statement outlines the kinds of documents that are held by the RIA, a statement of the structure and functions of the RIA. It also outlines how the RIA deals with Freedom of Information applications.

To view a copy of the Rottnest Island Freedom of Information Statment please click here.

Marine Managment Strategy 

The Marine Management Strategy (MMS) for Rottnest Island was released in 2007 with a main focus of ensuring the unique marine environment of Rottnest Island is preserved and enhanced for future generations to enjoy. It was developed with a working group through extensive consultation and community feedback. The main components of the MMS include a zoning plan outlining the additional sanctuary zones that were gazetted in 2007, and emphasise the importance of monitoring, scientific research, education programs, enforcement and compliance.

To view the Marine Managment Strategy please click here.

Annual Reports

Download copies of Rottnest Island's annual report. Find out about work that has been completed and plans for the future of the island.

Annual Report 2010-2011 (pdf 4.13MB)

Annual Report 2009-2010  (pdf 4.7MB)

Annual Report 2008-2009 (pdf 5.72MB)

Annual Report 2007-2008 (pdf 2.04MB)

Annual Report 2006-2007 (pdf 7 MB)

Annual Report 2005-2006 (pdf 2.77MB)

Annual Report 2004-2005 (pdf 2.03MB)

Annual Report 2003-2004 (pdf 911KB)

Annual Report 2002-2003 (pdf 1.01MB)

Annual Report 2001-2002 (pdf 2.43MB)

Annual Report 2000-2001 (pdf 1.69MB) 


The Rottnest Island Authority administers the management of the Island under the provisions of the Rottnest Island Authority Act 1987 and Rottnest Island Regulations. Download a copy of the Rottnest Island Regulations or the Rottnest Island Authority Act from the State Law Publisher.

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Public Interest Disclosure

The Public Interest Disclosure Act 2003 aims to facilitate and encourage the disclosure of public interest information and to provide protection for those who make disclosures and for those whom disclosures are made.

The Act is a significant step towards reducing and eliminating corrupt conduct and maladministration in the public sector.

The Rottnest Island Authority views the legislation as providing a solid foundation for increasing accountability and public confidence.  The provision of complaints and grievance avenues, to both employees and members of the public, is indicative of good management.  While protected disclosures offer another avenue for receiving and resolving complaints.  The Act provides a means of assisting in the identification of areas of maladministration, criminal and ethical risk of public interest and taking remedial action in addressing those issues.

The Authority’s Public Interest Disclosure Officer is Mr Greg Ellson.  Mr Ellson can be contacted by telephone on + 61 8 9432 9352 or by email at

All contact and related discussions are treated in the strictest confidence, in accordance with the requirements of the Public Interest Disclosure Act.

For persons wishing to lodge a Public Interest Disclosure with the department please download a PID Lodgement form (pdf 26KB).

How can I find out more information about the Public Interest Disclosure Act 2003?
The Office of the Public Sector Standards Commissioner has a website dedicated to the Public Interest Disclosure Act 2003. Visit their website to find out more information.

Additional links and information

Crime & Corruption Commision  
Ombudsman Western Australia  
Office of the Auditor General
Western Australian Police Service   

Rottnest Island Utility Reports

To view or download a copy of a Rottnest Island Utility reports please see below:


Network quality and reliability of supply 2010 to 2011

Code of Conduct - ERA 2010 - 2011 

Network quality and reliability of supply 2009 to 2010 (pdf 95 KB)

Network quality and reliability of supply 2010 Performance Audit Reportpdf 338KB)

Code of Conduct - ERA 2009 - 2010(pdf 26.5KB)

Standard form contract(pdf 555KB)

Electrical customer service charter (pdf 115KB)

Registered metering installation providers

Tungsten Group Pty Ltd (Licence number EC 8521).

Water services

Water Quarterly Report-July-Sept 11.pdf 

Water Quarterly Report- April-June11.pdf

Water Quarterly Report- Jan- Mar 11.pdf

Water Quarterly Report-Oct-Dec10.pdf 

Water Quarterly Report - July- Sept 10.pdf

Water customer service charter 2010

Water Quarterly Report - Jan - Mar 10.pdf

Water Quarterly Report - April- June 10.pdf