Information for Australian Government Representatives
The Australian Government Lobbying Code of Conduct (the Code) defines Government representatives as:
- a Minister; a Parliamentary Secretary;
- a person employed or engaged by a Minister or a Parliamentary Secretary under the Members of Parliament (Staff) Act 1984;
- an Agency Head or a person employed under the Public Service Act 1999;
- a person engaged as a contractor or consultant by an Australian Government agency whose staff are employed under the Public Service Act 1999; or
- a member of the Australian Defence Force.
If you receive a phone call or meeting request from a potential lobbyist:
- Step One: Ascertain whether the caller is a lobbyist and who they represent.
- Step Two: If they are representing a third-party client, then ask who their client is.
- Step Three: Ask whether they are registered on the Australian Government Register of Lobbyists and whether their client is registered.
- Step Four: Check the Register to ensure they are there.
If the caller says they are not on the Australian Government Register of Lobbyists but the meeting is important, advise them there can be no meeting until they are registered and direct them to the registration form.
Note: Even if a lobbyist is registered, it does not give them automatic right of access. The decision to meet or not meet a lobbyist remains at the discretion of the Australian Government representative.
Restrictions for Government Representatives
The Code states that a Government representative shall not knowingly and intentionally be a party to lobbying activities by:
- a lobbyist who is not on the Register of Lobbyists
- an employee of a lobbyist, or a contractor or person engaged by a lobbyist to carry out lobbying activities whose name does not appear in the lobbyist's details noted on the Register of Lobbyists in connection with the lobbyist, or
- a lobbyist or an employee of a lobbyist, or a contractor or person engaged by a lobbyist to carry out lobbying activities who, in the opinion of the Government representative, has failed to inform the Government representative, when making initial contact, of any of the following:
- that they are lobbyists or employees of, or contractors or persons engaged by, a lobbyist
- whether they are currently listed on the Register
- the name of their relevant client or clients, including a client whose identity is not required to be made public under clause 5.2 of the Code, and
- the nature of the matters that their clients wish them to raise with Government
For information about what to do if you are concerned about a possible breach of the Code on the Reporting a breach page.
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