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About the Register of Lobbyists

Under the Lobbyists Act 2015, anyone who lobbies a South Australian public official on behalf of a third party- to influence the outcome of legislation, applications for licences, permits or exemptions, the awarding of contracts or grants, or any other exercise of the official’s functions or duties- must be registered on the Register of Lobbyists.

There are serious penalties for lobbying while unregistered or for giving or receiving a success fee - a company may be fined up to $150,000, or an individual may be fined up to $30,000 or jailed for two years.

For more information about the Register – including whether you need to apply - contact Cabinet Office on the email below.

View the Register of Lobbyists.

Contact

South Australian Register of Lobbyists
Cabinet Office
Department of the Premier and Cabinet
GPO Box 2343
Adelaide  SA  5001
Telephone: 61 8 8429 5107
Email: dpcsalobbyistregister@sa.gov.au

A company may be registered as a lobbyist, but must identify all employees who will be conducting lobbying activities on behalf of the company.

Anyone who has been convicted of an indictable offence or a summary offence of dishonesty in the past 10 years cannot be registered – including companies, if one of their directors has committed an offence.

Restrictions also apply to former public officials:

  • former ministers are ineligible for two years after leaving office
  • government board members cannot register while they remain on a government board, and
  • former parliamentary secretaries, public sector executives and ministerial staff cannot register for 12 months after leaving office, nor can they lobby the government on matters they dealt with while they were in office.

Before you register, you should read the Lobbyists Act 2015 to ensure you understand all of the requirements and obligations.

You’ll need to download and complete the registration form, bearing in mind that the form will appear on the register in exactly the same format as you complete it.

Then, download and complete a statutory declaration for each employee listed on the registration. Ensure that all the fields have been completed on the statutory declaration form/s:

  • has the declarant selected on page 2 the state in which they currently reside?
  • has the declaration been made before an authorised person?
  • has each page of the form been initialled and dated by the declarant?
  • has each page of the form been initialled and dated by the witness?

The statutory declaration forms will not be published on the register. The forms must be completed in accordance with the laws in the state you reside.

Send the completed form and statutory declarations to:

DPCsalobbyistregister@sa.gov.au

or

South Australian Register of Lobbyists
Cabinet Office
Department of the Premier and Cabinet
GPO Box 2343
Adelaide  SA 5001

You will be notified in writing of the outcome of your application and when you can expect to see your registration on the register of lobbyists.

While all efforts are made to complete the registration process quickly, it is important you register early in anticipation of a future need to undertake lobbying activities.

Download an outline of the process to register as a Lobbyist

When you enter into an agreement with a new client, you must update your registration as soon as practicable. If you are convicted on an offence that would make you ineligible for registration under the Act, you have 14 days to update your registration or you may be fined up to $5,000.

A change of details form must be provided when amending any details on your registration. The change of details form must contain all the current registration details as well as the changes.

If employees are being added to your registration, then a statutory declaration form is required for each new employee. Ensure that all the fields have been completed on the statutory declaration form/s:

  • has the declarant selected on page 2 the state in which they currently reside?
  • has the declaration been made before an authorised person?
  • has each page of the form been initialled and dated by the declarant?
  • has each page of the form been initialled and dated by the witness?

The statutory declaration forms will not be published on the register. The forms must be completed in accordance with the laws in the state you reside.

Send the updated form and, if required, statutory declaration forms to:

DPCsalobbyistregister@sa.gov.au

or

South Australian Register of Lobbyists
Cabinet Office
Department of the Premier and Cabinet
GPO Box 2343
Adelaide  SA 5001

You will be notified in writing of the outcome of the update and when you can expect to see your amended registration on the register of lobbyists.

Download the process overview for updating current information for registered lobbyists

The Lobbyists Act 2015 states that you must, not later than 30 days after the end of a calendar year, lodge a return that contains the following details in relation to that calendar year:

  • the name of each person or body for or on behalf of whom you have engaged in lobbying, or with whom the person has had an agreement to engage in lobbying
  • the name of each public official who was lobbied
  • the subject matter of the lobbying engaged in, and
  • the name of any person employed by or otherwise engaged by the registered person to engage in lobbying (whether or not the person in fact engaged in lobbying).

Download an outline of the process to lodge an Annual Return

Download an Annual Return Form

Download an Annual Return Information Document

If you no longer wish to be registered, you may apply in writing to have your registration surrendered.

Your application must specify the proposed date of surrender and be accompanied by a final return for the portion of the calendar year that has elapsed at the date of the application.

Before your surrender is accepted, you may be required to provide outstanding information or remedy any breaches of the Act or your conditions of registration.

Send your application to:

DPCsalobbyistregister@sa.gov.au

or

South Australian Register of Lobbyists
Cabinet Office
Department of the Premier and Cabinet
GPO Box 2343
Adelaide  SA 5001

You will be notified in writing once the application has been approved and your registration has been removed from the register of lobbyists.

Download an outline of the process to have your registration surrendered

Download a Final Return form

Download a Final Return Information Document

Your registration will be cancelled if events have occurred that render you ineligible to be registered or you were not, when first applying for registration, entitled to be registered.

Your registration may be cancelled if you have fail to comply with a requirement under the Act, breach a condition of an exemption under the Act, or breach a condition of your registration.

If your registration is cancelled, you are disqualified from applying for registration again for a period of 2 years from the date of the cancellation.

Appeal against a decision

If you are denied registration or your registration is cancelled, you may seek an appeal of that decision from the South Australian Civil and Administrative Tribunal.

You have one month from the date of the decision to seek an appeal.

    Documents

  • Download: Register of Lobbyists South Australia Statutory Declaration (47.0 KB DOC)
  • Download: Register of Lobbyists - Annual Return Form (53.5 KB DOC)
  • Download: Register of Lobbyists - Surrender Registration Final Return Form (54.0 KB DOC)
  • Download: Lobbyist Registration Form.doc (46.5 KB DOC)
  • Download: Lobbyist Change of Details Form (45.0 KB DOC)