Who Needs to Register?
For the purposes of the Register of Lobbyists, a lobbyist is any person, company or organisation who conducts lobbying activities on behalf of a third-party client or whose employees conduct lobbying activities on behalf of a third-party client.
However, individuals, companies or organisations falling into one of the following categories would not be considered a lobbyist under the Lobbying Code and are not required to register:
- Charities and religious organisations;
- Non-profit organisations and associations;
- Individuals making representations on behalf of relatives or friends;
- Members of foreign trade delegations;
- Persons who are already registered under a Commonwealth scheme regulating certain professions (such as tax agents and customs brokers) who make representations to the Government on behalf of clients; and
- Service providers (such as lawyers, doctors, accountants and other service providers) who make occasional representations to the Government on behalf of clients in a way that is incidental to the provision of their professional services.
Lobbying activities means communications in an effort to influence Government decision-making.
Detailed definitions of lobbying activities, lobbyist, client and Government representative are contained in clause 3 of the Lobbying Code of Conduct.