Lobbying and the election

If you lobby or will lobby in the future, the election may affect you. Here's what you should know.

Registration and reporting requirements during an election campaign

The Prime Minister, Ministers, and Ministers of State, and their staff retain their status as designated public office holders during a federal election period. Find out more about registration and reporting requirements during an election campaign.

Guidance to mitigate conflicts of interest resulting from political activities

If you undertake political activities on behalf of a person who is or becomes a public office holder, they can reasonably be perceived to be in a conflict of interest if you lobby them. Find out about which political activities carry a higher risk of creating a sense of obligation.

Guidance to mitigate conflicts of interest resulting from preferential access

If you share a relationship with a public office holder that can reasonably be seen to provide you with preferential access to them, then they can be perceived to be in a conflict of interest if you lobby or arrange meetings with them.

If you have such a relationship with a public office holder, you should not lobby or arrange meetings with them. Find out which relationships have a high risk of being seen to create preferential access.

Five-year post-employment prohibition on lobbying

A 5-year prohibition on lobbying applies to former designated public office holders (e.g. members of Parliament, ministers and their staff, etc.) This prohibition begins immediately following the last day of employment as a designated public office holder. Find out if the 5-year post-employment prohibition applies to you: