The Commission is in the process of reviewing Tasmania's lobbying oversight system.
Lobbying oversight currently consists of the Tasmanian Lobbyist Register (the Register) and the associated Lobbying Code of Conduct (PDF, 555.0 KB) (the Code). Administration of the Register and the Code transferred from the Department of Premier and Cabinet (DPAC) to the Commission on
1 July 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.
As part of the review process, we called for public submissions from May-July 2022. A consultation paper (PDF, 1.1 MB) was published identifying some issues and risks associated with lobbyists and lobbying within State Government and their potential impact on public decisions. A detailed research report (PDF, 1.9 MB) accompanied the consultation paper and examined the topic in more depth.
The consultation process was widely promoted and open to all. This helps to ensure diverse input to strengthen this regulatory reform process, and to establish a lobbyist framework that is robust, efficient and transparent.
Submission authors shared their experiences of lobbying and their views on whether and how our current model should be changed. Some people chose to use our optional submission form containing the consultation paper's discussion prompts; others submitted their own documents.
We received 28 submissions representing individuals and groups from a range of backgrounds, including:
- people affected by decisions resulting from lobbying
- previous or currently registered third-party lobbyists
- individuals or organisations that conduct lobbying
- previous or currently elected representatives or public servants who have been lobbied
- people with specific expertise or interest in this aspect of governance, and
- people with an interest in the integrity of our democratic systems of government
We have also prepared an overview of the key points raised in the submissions.
The submissions are now being analysed and the Commission may undertake further stakeholder consultation as needed.
All input received will inform our final report and recommendations, which we aim to make publicly available in early 2023.
The current lobbyist register and Code of Conduct will be maintained and administered in its current form until July 2023. By that time we hope to implement the new framework. This may occur in stages, given there may be changes to other relevant policies or legislation, depending upon the agreed framework.