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How to register

The Integrity Act 2009

The Integrity Act 2009 (the Act) passed through Parliament on 25 November 2009 and came into force on 1 January 2010.

The Act replaced the previous administrative provisions governing the Register of Lobbyists, extended the regulation of lobbying to the local government arena and banned the payment of success fees. Responsibility for the Register of Lobbyists was transferred to the Queensland Integrity Commissioner and the Register is now administered by the Integrity Commissioner.

Registration requirements previously set out in the Queensland Contact with Lobbyist Code were replaced by requirements under the Act.

Other requirements previously set out in the Queensland Contact with Lobbyist Code are now contained in the Lobbyists Code of Conduct.

On 20 September 2010 Parliament passed the Integrity Reform (Miscellaneous Amendments) Act 2010 (the amending Act). The amending Act amended the ethics and integrity aspects of a number of Acts, including the Integrity Act 2009. The amendments to the Integrity Act were proclaimed into force on 1 November 2010.

In December 2012, the Right to Information and Integrity (Openness and Transparency) Amendment Axt 2012 (the 2012 amending Act) amended the Integrity Act by-

 

Before you register

Before you register on the Queensland Register of Lobbyists, we recommend you read the Lobbyists Code of Conduct and the Integrity Act 2009, both of which can be found on the Integrity Commissioer's website www.integrity.qld.gov.au

Please note that chapter 4 of the Act regulates lobbying activities. All people who will be conducting lobbying activities should read this chapter.

While registration of an entity and updating of details is not complicated and you may be able to just follow the prompts on the system, you can also gain access to a user manual the provides a step-by-step guide. This is available in two forms:

 

Two ways to register

On 24 September 2012, a new electronic registration process went live. The electronic system allows potential registered lobbyists to apply for registration by entereing their information online. Once registered, lobbyists can alos update their details online. Access to this information is protected by a username and password.

This new process allows lobbyists to feel confident their information has been entered correctly and gives them control over how quickly any new information will appear.

The former online registration and change of details forms were removed. However, the Register of Lobbyists' office continues to process hard copy registration and change of details forms. These are available for printing from the Register of Lobbyists' website or in hard copy from the office, and can be delivered by hand, post, fax or email.

 

The registration process - online submission

(1) Set up an account

To register your organisation, browse to http://lobbyists.integrity.qld.gov.au/register-company.aspx and follow the instructions to create an account.

You will need to enter both the trading name and the business name of your company, along with its ABN or ACN number.

You will also nee to nominate a contact officer. The contact officer is the main point of contact for your company and will have the ability to manage your details on the register.

For security purposes, there can only be one contact officer created per company at any one time; however, it is at the company's own discretion should they wish to share the username and password amongst a number of people to ensure that changes can still be made should the main contatc officer be ill or on leave etc.

When registereing, you are required to create a username and password for the contact. These will be used to gain accessto the company's profile and administer the details on the register.

The password must contain at least 8 characters and have 1 digit, 1 symbol, and 1 uppercase letter, for example, Qldlobbying1#.

Once you have entered the required information, click on the Register button. A confirmation email will be sent to you advising that your user account has been created.

 

(2) Provide details about your organisation and lobbyists

First, sign in using the account details entered during the registration phase, in particular the username and password.

Browse to http://lobbyists.integrity.qld.gov.au/roflsignin.aspx, enter the details, and click Sign in.

Now that you have an account set up, you will need to enter the information required by the Integrity Act to appear on the register and by the Register of Lobbyists' office to allow it to keep in contact with you.

You will be asked to provided the following information:

  1. The names of owners, partners or major shareholders as applicable.#
  2. Contact details: name, phone number and email address. These contact details will be used for our communications with you. PLease include your area code with your telephone and fax numbers.
  3. Website address (optional)
  4. Names and positions of all persons employed, contracted or otherwise engaged by the entity to carry out lobbying activities (including details of any lobbyist who is an individual).#
  5. The statutory declaration (PDF, 50KB) required under section 53(5) of the Integrity Act 2009 in respect of each employee, contractor or other person engaged by the lobbyist to carry out lobbying activities and if the lobbyist is an individual, a statutory declaration about the lobbyist. If you are making your declaration in another state or Territory, please use the statutory declaration for that State or territory.
  6. If a listed person is a former senior government representative, the date the person ceased in the role of senior government representative.#
  7. Names of third party clients for whom the lobbyist is currently retained to provide lobbying services, and advice about whether or not you are paid for providing these services.#

Once you have completed this process, click on the Submit for Approval button and await a response fro the Register of Lobbyists' office.

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Information that will be placed on the Register

The information above marked with a hash (#) will be placed on the Register, as required under section 49 of the Integrity Act.

The contact details (number 2 above) are for our communications with you and will not be placed on the Register. Please note, however, that this information ay be liable for disclosure under the Right to Information Act 2009

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The registration process - hard copy submission

The process for submitting a hard copy registration form is unchanged.

Print out the approved registration form (PDF, 42KB) to submit together with the confirmations required in section 53 of the Integrity Act 2009.

Send the completed registration form and statutory declarations to the Register of Lobbyists by one of the following means:

Email: lobbyistsregister@integrity.qld.gov.au

Fax: 07 3224 2326

Mail to:

Register of Lobbyists

Queensland Integrity Commissioner

PO Box 15290

CITY EAST QLD 4002

or

Hand deliver to

Register of Lobbyists

Queensland Integrity Commissioner

Level 13, 53 Albert St

BRISBANE QLD 4000

 

Statutory declarations

Under section 5(5) of the Act, a statutory declaration must be provided by all individuals who conduct lobbying activities (that is, the lobbyist if he or she is an individual, and any employees, contractors or persons otherwise engaged by the lobbyist).

Before an individual can be included on the Register of Lobbyists, the individual is required to submit a statutory declaration to the effect that they have never been sentenced to a term of imprisonment of 30 months or more and have not been convicted, as an adult, in the last ten years, of an offence, one element of which involves dishonesty, such as theft or fraud.

If you submitted your application on-line, you must also submit signed hard copies of the form and the statutory declaration/s. Processing of your application will, however, begin as soon as your on-line application is received.

A statutory declaration must be made pursuant to the legislation applicable in the State or Territory in which the declaration is made.

A person making a statutory declaration in Queensland may use the following form: view/download the statutory declaration form (PDF, 50 KB).

Please ensure that all of the sections of the statutory declaration form are completed and that the declaration is witnessed by an appropriately qualified person. The following persons may witness a statutory declaration in Queensland:

An incomplete statutory declaration will delay the processing of an application for inclusion on the Register of Lobbyists.

If you are making your declaration in another State or territory, please use the statutory declaration for that State or territory.

The links below can provide further information on who may witness a statutory declaration in jurisdications other than Queensland. Please note, the information provided is intended to act as a guide only. The information may be subject to change in the relevant jurisdiction.

NSW: http://www.dpc.nsw.gov.au/programs_and_services/lobbyist_register/statutory_declarations  

Victoria: http://www.justice.vic.gov.au/home/the+justice+system/statutory+declarations/

Commonwealth :http://lobbyists.pmc.gov.au/register/stat_dec.cfm

South Australia: http://www.legislation.sa.gov.au/LZ/C/A/OATHS%20ACT%201936.aspx (Current version of Oaths Act 1936 - Part 5 - Section 34)

Western Australia: http://www.courts.dotag.wa.gov.au/W/witnessing_documents.aspx

Northern Territory: http://www.nt.gov.au/justice/jop.shtml#wit_stat_dec

Tasmania: http://www.justice.tas.gov.au/legislationreview/commissioners_for_declarations

 

For further information about the required statutory declaration see section 53(5) of the Integrity Act 2009.

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Need help?

If you need help with the registration process, or have any queries, please contact the Integrity Commissioner at:

Phone: 07 3003 2887
Email:
lobbyistsregister@integrity.qld.gov.au
Fax: 07 3224 2326 or

Register of Lobbyists
Queensland Integrity Commissioner
PO Box 15290
CITY EAST QLD 4002

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Last update: 12 September, 2013