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What is lobbying?

Ethical lobbying is a legitimate activity and an important part of the democratic process. Lobbyists can help individuals and organisations communicate their views on matters of public interest to the government and opposition and, in doing so, improve outcomes for the community as a whole.

Generally, lobbying is a very broad term. For the purposes of the Integrity Act, it is limited to mean any attempt to influence the decision making of a government or opposition representative in the exercise of their official functions on behalf of a third party, for a fee or other reward.

The Integrity Act 2009 section 42(1)(a) defines lobbying activities as; Contact with a government representative in an effort to influence state or local government decision-making, including—

  1. the making or amendment of legislation; and
  2. the development or amendment of a government policy or program; and
  3. the awarding of a government contract or grant; and
  4. the allocation of funding; and
  5. the making of a decision about planning or giving of a development approval under the Sustainable Planning Act 2009; or…”

Section 42(1)(b) extends the scope of the definition to contact with an Opposition representative in an effort to influence Opposition decision-making, including—

  1. the making or amendment of legislation; and
  2. the development or amendment of an Opposition policy or program; and
  3. the Opposition's position or view in relation to State or local government decision-making, including, for example, the matters mentioned in paragraph (a)(i) to (v).

The key to understanding whether an action is or is not considered 'lobbying' under the Act is "contact with a government representative in an effort to influence ... decision-making".

It should also be noted that, under section 41 of the Act, a lobbyist is an entity that carries out a lobbying activity for a third party client and receives a fee or other reward for providing those services.

Register of lobbying contacts

View the register of lobbying contacts

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Last updated
13 August, 2015

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