Best Practices for persons carrying on lobbying activities


Register after you have commenced lobbying

  •  Make sure you are actually required to register – do the Three Step Test here
  •  No need to register until the first deadline after the first relevant period in which you commence lobbying
  •  If your name differs from the name that the business is most commonly known as, register under the legal name but  the most commonly known identity under 'Trading as'.

Put in place arrangements to record lobbying activity

  •  Identify who is responsible for lobbying on behalf of your organisation
  •  Ensure anyone who lobbies keeps a record of their lobbying activities
  •  Identify a compliance officer responsible for submitting returns on behalf of the organisation
  •  Identify a backup compliance officer in case the primary person is sick or absent
  •  Have the compliance officer review all returns for completeness, accuracy and consistency

Make sure you know the reporting periods and deadlines

  • Plan ahead – put deadlines in your calendar
  • Do not wait until the final day to submit your return – you can submit at any time when you have a completed return
  • Nil returns are required for periods where you didn’t lobby

Ensure your returns are correct

  • One return per subject – no need to submit a separate return for every communication
  • Ensure that the subject and intended result are clear and meaningful
  • You must disclose what the result was you were seeking. It is not sufficient to say you communicated on “issues of interest”.
  • Ensure you have selected the correct Designated Public Official
  • Make sure that the communication is not exempt

If you have stopped lobbying and don’t intend to lobby in future, apply to the Standards Commission to have your registration marked as “ceased lobbying”

When in doubt, seek additional information

  • The Standards Commission has published guidelines, frequently asked questions, sample returns and more on
  • You may also contact us at or (01) 639-5722