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Introduction

This consultation paper aims to identify the issues and risks associated with lobbyists and lobbying within State Government, and their potential impact on public decisions. We are interested in hearing your experiences of lobbying, and your views on whether and how our current model should be changed.

Why make a submission

In Tasmania, lobbying oversight currently consists of the Tasmanian Lobbyist Register (the Register) and the associated Lobbying Code of Conduct (the Code), which are administered by the Department of Premier and Cabinet (DPAC). The Register and the Code are set to move to the Integrity Commission during 2022. This change provides an opportune time to review the current Lobbying oversight model; look at best-practice lobbying management from other jurisdictions; and hear ideas from the community about possible reform. Your written submission will be a valuable contribution to this process.

Who should make a submission

Everyone is welcome to make a submission. Your interest may be as:

  • Someone who has been affected by decisions resulting from lobbying.
  • A previously or currently registered third-party lobbyist.
  • An individual or organisation that conducts lobbying.
  • An elected representative or public servant who has been lobbied.
  • Someone who has specific expertise or interest in this aspect of governance.
  • Anyone with an interest in the integrity of our democratic systems of government.

Diverse input will strengthen this regulatory reform process, and provide an opportunity for Tasmania to establish a lobbyist framework that is robust, efficient and transparent, and that serves the community. We encourage you to record your thoughts and submit them to us.

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How to make a submission

There is no expectation that your submission will address all of the prompts included in this paper. Your submission may in fact not address any of the questions we have posed.

If you would like to directly address the prompts then we have created a downloadable submission form (DOCX, 2.9 MB) to help you get started. The consultation paper (PDF, 1.1 MB) should provide enough background information to inform your submission however, if you have the time and inclination to examine this topic in more depth, then we also have published a more detailed research report (PDF, 1.9 MB) .

All submissions will be read and carefully considered. If you choose to respond to specific prompts or content from this consultation paper, or the associated research paper, please indicate within your submission which parts you are referring to as this will assist our analysis.

The deadline for submissions has been extended to 15 July 2022.

Submissions can be made in writing via one of the following options:

All queries about this consultation process can be directed to:

Dr Kylie Fisk, Acting Director, Misconduct Prevention
Email: kylie.fisk@integrity.tas.gov.au or by calling 1300 720 289

Accessibility of submissions

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We understand that not all people or groups are equally placed to access and understand information. We want to make sure that our information is accessible and easily understood by people with diverse communication needs.

If making a written submission is not accessible to you, please visit our accessibility page or phone 1300 720 289 to get advice on other ways to participate.

Where possible, please consider typing your submission in plain English and providing it in Microsoft Word format or equivalent. Using our submission form (DOCX, 2.9 MB) to complete your submission will make this process much easier.

The Commission cannot take responsibility for the accessibility of submissions or documents provided by other parties as part of this consultation.

Important information regarding confidentiality and the publication of submissions

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We will treat all submissions as public unless you ask for your submission to be treated as confidential, or for your name (and/or the name of your organisation) not to be published.

We will not publish submissions that we believe are defamatory or offensive. If your submission includes information that could identify other people, then all or part of that submission may not be published.

You, as the writer, keep copyright over your submission. Copyright does not belong to the Commission or the Tasmanian Government.

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This page was last updated on 22 Jun 2022.