Why is there a Register of Lobbyists?
When government representatives have dealings with lobbyists it is important for them to know who the lobbyists represent.
The register provides information about who lobbies the government and who they represent.
Who needs to register?
Anyone who wants to undertake lobbying activities in WA must be registered on the Register of Lobbyists.
What is lobbying?
Lobbying is communicating with a government representative to influence government decision making. Communications can be in person or electronic. They do not have to involve financial or other rewards for lobbyists.
Lobbyists are an important part of the democratic process. They provide advice on how to deal with government and represent the interests of third parties.
What information is on the Register of Lobbyists?
The register contains:
- business registration details of the lobbyist including names of owners, partners and/or major shareholders
- names of the people working as lobbyists in the business
- names of clients who currently retain the lobbyist or have used the lobbyist's services over the past 3 months.
What is the responsibility of government representatives?
Government representatives who have contact with lobbyists are required by law to report any behaviour that does not align to the Lobbyist Code of Conduct.