AUSTRALIAN GOVERNMENT: REGISTER OF LOBBYISTS

IN 2008 … ‘Cabinet Secretary, Senator John Faulkner, released an exposure draft of the Lobbying Code of Conduct. The Code will underpin the operation of Register of Lobbyists. Lobbying is a legitimate part of the democratic process, but there is a public expectation that lobbying activities will be carried out ethically and transparently’

THAT was then …

About the Register

 

What’s New

Changes to the Lobbying Code of Conduct

Changes to the Code and Register apply from 20 September 2013:

  • individuals who apply for registration from this date must provide a declaration that they are not members of a state or federal political party executive, state executive or administrative committee (or the equivalent body)
  • individuals who are members of a state or federal political party executive, state executive or administrative committee (or the equivalent body) at 20 September 2013, or subsequently, who were registered as at 20 September 2013 may stay on the Register until 20 March 2014

Currently registered lobbyists have been contacted directly with details of the changes. For more information see the FAQ page.

In 2008 the Australian Government introduced a Lobbying Code of Conduct and established a Register of Lobbyists to ensure that contact between lobbyists and Commonwealth Government representatives is conducted in accordance with public expectations of transparency, integrity and honesty.

Any lobbyist who acts on behalf of third-party clients for the purposes of lobbying Government representatives must be registered on the Register of Lobbyists and must comply with the requirements of the Lobbying Code of Conduct.

The public Register of Lobbyists contains the following information about lobbyists who make representations to Government on behalf of their third-party clients:

  • the business registration details and trading names of each lobbying entity including, where the business is not a publicly listed company, the names of owners, partners or major shareholders, as applicable;
  • the names and positions of persons employed, contracted or otherwise engaged by the lobbying entity to carry out lobbying activities; and
  • the names of clients on whose behalf the lobbying entity conducts lobbying activities.

Consistent with the Government’s commitment to keeping the Code and Register under review a discussion paper on possible reforms to the Code and Register was released for comment by the former Cabinet Secretary, Senator the Hon Joe Ludwig, on 15 July 2010. Contact the Lobbyists Register via our contact form to request a copy of the discussion paper.

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