Rottnest Island draft management plan open for comment

The draft Rottnest Island Management Plan (RIMP) 2023-28 has been released for public comment.
  • Rottnest Island's draft management plan available for review and comment
  • Development of new plan follows major investment in key island infrastructure to better service visitors and improve sustainability

The draft Rottnest Island Management Plan (RIMP) 2023-28 has been released for public comment.

The plan sets out Rottnest Island Authority's priorities for the island's natural and cultural resources, facilities and visitor experience during the next five years.

It also provides the framework for decision-making and planning for the island's future.

The draft RIMP 2023-28 has been divided into five strategic focus areas:

  1. Diversify the visitor base and enhance visitor experience
  2. Deliver sustainable island infrastructure and services
  3. Respect and engage the island's cultural heritage
  4. Explore and conserve the island's environment
  5. Foster strong partnerships

The focus areas are supported by key initiatives designed to promote new opportunities on the Island, while retaining the Island's unique natural attributes.

The draft RIMP 2023-28 includes the draft Rottnest Island Land Use Plan. The draft Land Use Plan defines the proposed land uses within the settlement and importantly classifies the remaining 85 per cent of the island as a reserve for the purpose of conservation and recreation.

The RIMP contains significant commitments to sustainability including delivery of 75 per cent of future power requirements from renewable sources.

The draft plan forecasts ferry arrivals will increase to 770,000 visitors by July 2027, with day visitors accounting for 70 per cent of arrivals.

The consultation process will run for eight weeks, starting from today and closing on Tuesday 9 May.

For further information or to lodge a submission, visit

Comments attributed to Tourism Minister Roger Cook:

"Rottnest Island is a treasured location for locals and visitors alike, and we want to ensure that it is protected and enhanced for future generations.

"I encourage all stakeholders, visitors and the community to make a public submission on the draft RIMP 2023-28.

"The draft RIMP 2023-28 makes a significant step towards achieving a truly sustainable tourism destination. It has been produced at a time when the island is experiencing dynamic change and renewal.

"We understand the importance of Rottnest Island to the Western Australian community, and we are committed to ensuring that it remains a world-class destination for years to come.

"Your feedback is crucial in shaping the future of the island, and we look forward to hearing your thoughts."

Minister's office - 6552 6500