The purpose of the Register of Lobbyists is to provide information to the public, as well as the Government, on who is engaging in lobbying activities with Government and whom lobbyists represent in their dealings with Government.
What is lobbying?
Lobbying is considered to be communicating with a government representative with the aim of influencing State government decision making, either directly or indirectly. The communication can be in person or even in electronic form. The communication with the government representative does not have to be for any type of reward (financial or otherwise).
The Integrity (Lobbyist) Act 2016 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.
Anyone who wishes to undertake lobbying activities in Western Australia must be registered on the Register of Lobbyists.
What information is available on the Register?
The Register of Lobbyists is a public document and contains information including:
- the business registration details of the lobbyist, including the names of owners, partners and/or major shareholders;
- the names of the people working as lobbyists within the business; and
- the names of the clients who currently retain the lobbyist or have used the lobbyist's services over the past three months.
Why was the Register created?
Lobbyists are an important element in our democratic process. They provide advice on how to deal with Government and represent the interests of third parties. It is important for government officials to know precisely who a lobbyist represents when they have dealings with that lobbyist.
The Integrity (Lobbyists) Act 2016 provides for the Public Sector Commissioner to issue a Code of Conduct for registrants and lobbyists. The Code of Conduct requires a lobbyist, when contacting a government representative on behalf of a third party, to advise the government representative that are a lobbyist, who their client is, and the nature of their client’s issue. The Code of Conduct also sets out appropriate accountability and standards of conduct that a lobbyist must adhere to.