Perks such as free ferry tickets and discounted accommodation have been slashed for staff on Rottnest Island.

Staff entitlements have been reviewed and restricted under an edict endorsed by the Rottnest Island Authority board, The West reported.

Here’s what they used to get:

  • Eight return ferry tickets each year.
  • Discounted accommodation during shoulder and/or low-peak seasons.
  • Four Oliver Hill adult train tickets.
  • Fourteen days free bike hire during shoulder and low seasons.
  • Four island adult bus passes.

Staff will now only be entitled to:

  • Waiver of island admission fees ($18.50 for an adult day visit)
  • 20 per cent discount on bike hire

RIA executive director Michelle Reynolds told The West that staff benefits had been reviewed after a 2016 recommendation by the Public Sector Commission in 2016 and the establishment of the new Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions in 2017.


This comes on top of staff accommodation being released for general bookings, including the house previously occupied by the RIA chief executive officer, known as the Commander’s Cottage.

A dedicated staff accommodation facility is still in the planning stage.

The West

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