My organisation is 100% run by volunteers – no paid staff at all. If we contact a DPO, are we lobbying?
Under the Regulation of Lobbying Act 2015, persons who fall within the scope of the Act who communicate with Designated Public Officials about relevant matters must register and submit returns of lobbying activity. Persons within scope are:
- A person with more than 10 employees;
- A representative or advocacy body with 1 or more employees;
- A professional lobbyist paid to communicate on behalf of a client that falls within the previous categories; or
- Anyone communicating about the development or zoning of land.
A volunteer organisation with no paid staff would generally not fit within the Act, unless they are communicating about development or zoning. For more information, see the Guidelines for People Carrying on Lobbying Activities.