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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2014 Week 7 Hansard (5 August) . .

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(8) resolves that, upon commencement of the ACT Register of Lobbyists, the following ACT Lobbying Code of Conduct be adopted as a continuing resolution of the Assembly; and

(9) this resolution has effect from the date of its agreement by the Legislative Assembly and continues in force unless amended or repealed by this or a subsequent Assembly. The Register and supporting guidelines commence on a date fixed by the Speaker.

ACT Lobbying Code of Conduct

(1) Preamble:

(a) Free and open access to the institutions of government is a vital element of our democracy.

(b) Ethical lobbying is a legitimate activity and an important part of the democratic process.

(c) Lobbyists can enhance the strength of our democracy by assisting individuals and organisations with advice on public policy processes and facilitating contact with public officials.

(d) In performing this role, there is a public expectation that lobbyists will be individuals of strong moral calibre who operate according to the highest standards of professional conduct.

(e) This Code of Conduct is designed to ensure that contact between lobbyists and public officials is conducted in accordance with public expectations of transparency, integrity and honesty.

(2) When making initial contact with public officials with the intention of conducting lobbying activities, a lobbyist who is proposing to conduct lobbying activities must inform the public official:

(a) that they are a lobbyist or a person engaged by a lobbyist to conduct lobbying activities;

(b) whether or not they are currently listed on the ACT Register of Lobbyists;

(c) the name of the person(s) on whose behalf they seek to conduct those lobbying activities; and

(d) the nature of the matters that they wish to raise in those lobbying activities.

(3) When engaging with a public official, a lobbyist must observe the following principles:

(a) a lobbyist shall conduct their business to the highest professional and ethical standards, and in accordance with all relevant requirements with respect to lobbying activities;


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