About the Register
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Changes to the Code and the Register apply from 1 August 2011:
- signed statutory declarations will be accepted in electronic or faxed form, without the need to also provide the original document
- mandatory updates to details are only required twice per year (January and July), not quarterly
- registered lobbyists must disclose previous employment as a Government representative (see new para 5.1(a)(iii) of the Code)
Currently registered lobbyists have been contacted directly with details of the changes. For more information see the FAQ.
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.