Under the Lobbyist Code of Conduct, a lobbyist is a person, company or organisation who works on behalf of a third-party client to influence government decisions.
All lobbyists must apply to join the register. They can’t conduct lobbying activities until they’ve been approved and appear on the register.
If you’re a Government Affairs Director
Government Affairs Directors also engage in lobbying activities but must register on the Register of Government Affairs Directors(opens in a new window).
Statutory declaration forms
Before you apply to join the register
Read the Lobbyist Code of Conduct
Read and understand your obligations under the Code of Conduct.
Prepare your details
When you apply, you'll need to enter the:
- business name, trading name and contact details of your organisation and an Australian Business Number (ABN) if applicable
- names, positions and a witnessed organisation statutory declaration for an owner, director or major shareholder if you're registering an organisation
- names, positions, former affiliations and witnessed statutory declarations for all lobbyists
- names of any third-party clients you represent and lobby on behalf of
Declare former affiliations
Lobbyists have a duty to act ethically and transparently. Senior public officials can't participate in lobbying activities for a period of time after they've officially resigned. See section 7.1 to 7.3 of the Code of Conduct.
You can't engage in lobbying activities if within 18 months you've served as:
- a national or state secretary or director, or deputy or assistant secretary or director of a registered political party
You can't engage in lobbying activities if within 12 months you've served as:
- a minister or parliamentary secretary of a state or Commonwealth government
- a chief of staff, senior adviser or adviser in the private office of a Commonwealth or state minister, or parliamentary secretary
Upload statutory declarations
You’ll need to upload witnessed statutory declarations for:
- an owner, director or major shareholder, if you're registering an organisation
- all lobbyists, including any owner, director or major shareholder who engages in lobbying activities
Choose a responsible officer
The responsible officer is the point of contact and will manage your details on the register.
They don't need to register as a lobbyist unless they'll be conducting lobbying activities.