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Review of the Lobbying of Government Officials Act 2011

30 October 2017Department of Premier and Cabinet

The Lobbying of Government Officials Act 2011 (NSW) (the Lobbying Act) regulates lobbying activity in NSW.

The aim of the review is to determine whether the policy objectives of the Lobbying Act remain valid and whether the terms of the Lobbying Act remain appropriate for securing those objectives.

Submissions were invited from:

  • the Independent Commission Against Corruption (the ICAC),
  • the author of each submission made in 2015 on the Regulatory Impact Statement (RIS) for the Lobbying of Government Officials (Code of Conduct) Regulation 2014 (the Regulation), and
  • all registered lobbyists.

A Discussion Paper (PDF, 279 KB) was released for public comment on the Department of Premier and Cabinet website and the NSW Government “Have your say” website in January with a closing date for submissions of 24 February 2017. The Discussion Paper calling for submissions was also publicly advertised in early February. The Department received 12 submissions in response to the Discussion Paper.

The review also gave further consideration to the six submissions (mostly from the same stakeholders) received in 2015 during the RIS consultation.

The report on the outcome of the review will be tabled in each House of Parliament.

Read the Statutory review of the Lobbying of Government Officials Act 2011 report (PDF, 347 KB).

The policy objectives of the Act are considered to be to increase transparency and enhance regulation of lobbying by:

  • providing a legislative basis for the regulation of lobbying;
  • applying a Code of Conduct on all lobbyists;
  • establishing the Electoral Commission as an independent regulator of lobbyists;
  • enabling the independent regulator to investigate alleged breaches of the Code and legislation and impose sanctions;
  • banning lobbyist success fees; and
  • restricting lobbying by former Ministers and Parliamentary Secretaries.

The Lobbying Act can be viewed on the NSW legislation website