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Lobbyists' obligations and Code of Conduct

Code of Conduct:

The Lobbyists’ Code of Conduct provides standards of conduct for lobbyists to ensure their contact with government and/or opposition representatives and senior public sector officials meets public expectations of transparency and integrity.

Lobbyists must comply with the Lobbyists Code of Conduct.

Lobbyists' obligations:

Lobbyists must enter their contacts with government and opposition representatives and senior public sector officials into the Lobbying register. The details required are:

  • date of meeting
  • title(s) and or name(s) of government or opposition representative(s)
  • name of the lobbyists’ entity
  • name of the client
  • purpose of the meeting.

Names of lobbyists, their clients, date of contact and purpose of contact can be publicly accessed on this website.

Each lobbying entity’s contacts can be accessed by going to ‘the Lobbying register’ and clicking on the business you’re interested in.

Registered lobbying entities can enter details of their lobbying contacts by signing in to their account. For detailed instructions on how to enter your information, please see the User Manual.

Under the Integrity Act 2009 (Qld) individuals, businesses or companies are prohibited from paying success fees to lobbyists. Similarly, lobbyists or related persons must not receive, or agree to receive a success fee in relation to a lobbying activity (maximum penalty 200 penalty units).

Lobbyists can include former senior government/opposition representatives. These people must not carry out lobbying activities, related to their official dealings in the two years prior to leaving their former roles.

In addition, a government or opposition representative must not knowingly allow an entity who isn’t a registered lobbyist to carry out lobbying activity for a client with them.

It is an offence for an unregistered lobbyist to carry out lobbying activity or purport to be a registered lobbyist when that is not the case. (Maximum penalty 200 penalty units.)

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Last updated
15 December, 2023

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