Why do I need to register?
The Integrity (Lobbyists) Act 2016 (the Act) defines 'lobbying' as communicating with a government representative for the purposes of influencing, whether directly or indirectly, State government decision making. It prohibits individuals or firms from engaging in lobbying on behalf of third parties unless they have been accepted onto the Register by the Public Sector Commissioner and thereby accredited as registered lobbyists to government.
How do I register?
Before you register, you should read the Integrity (Lobbyists) Act 2016 to ensure you understand all of the requirements and obligations.
Please use the online registration form to submit your details to the Public Sector Commissioner. If you have difficulties using the form, please email email@example.com and an application form will be sent to you to complete and return.
The following videos have been prepared to assist new applicants and existing lobbyists with the website:
- Video guide for new lobbyists: This video is intended to guide new applicants through the features of the website, including security, passwords and the registration process, together with some of the features of the 24/7 service.
- Video guide for existing lobbyists: This video is intended to guide lobbyists through the features of the upgraded website, to ensure a smooth transition from the old system. The video contains information about setting up a new password, amending your existing details and the re-registration process.
What information do I need to provide?
The online registration form requires you to provide a range of information to be included on the publicly-available Register:
- Your business name and Australian Business Number (ABN)
- Your business phone and fax numbers, as well as mailing, street and website addresses
- Names and position titles of all persons employed, contracted or otherwise engaged by the lobbyist to carry out lobbying activities.
- Names of clients for whom the lobbyist is currently providing paid or unpaid services as a lobbyist
- Names of clients for whom the lobbyist has provided paid or unpaid services as a lobbyist during the previous three months (minimum)
- Names of owners, partners or major shareholders of the business as applicable.
In addition, you will be required to provide the name, phone number and email address of a person the Commission can contact on matters relating to the business' inclusion on the Register. This person need not necessarily be one of the named persons engaged to carry out lobbying activities, and their details will not be published on the Register (although this information may be liable for disclosure under the Freedom of Information Act 1992).
In completing the registration process, you will need to complete a statutory declaration. A separate statutory declaration will need to be completed for each person listed on the registration form.
Applicants should ensure that all sections of the statutory declaration are completed and the form is witnessed by an appropriately qualified person.
An electronic copy of the completed and signed statutory declaration must be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org. As soon as practicable, the original statutory declaration must be mailed to:
Register of Lobbyists
Public Sector Commission
Locked Bag 3002
West Perth WA 6872
Finally, you will be required to acknowledge and agree to the Code of Conduct as part of registration. If you are the business' contact person registering on behalf of people named as carrying out lobbying activities, you should provide them with a copy of the Code and must confirm acceptance on their behalf as part of registration.
How can I update my details?
The Code of Conduct requires lobbyists to update their details as changes occur, and confirm their details at the end of each quarter regardless of any changes during the period. Your contact person will receive instructions from the Commission on how to keep your information up to date, or you can email email@example.com with updates, queries, or for information.
For more information see the guidance material below or email firstname.lastname@example.org.