Former or Current Public Officials Employed by or Providing Services to a Lobbyist

The Act requires individuals who are engaged in lobbying activity on behalf of a lobbyist and who were at any time a Designated Public Official to be named in returns on the Lobbying Register. It is expected that this provision will apply in the main to former Ministers, Politicians, Special Advisers and senior public servants.

Section 12 of the Act provides that if you are or were a Designated Public Official (whether before or after the passing of the Act), and

  • are employed by or providing services to a lobbyist, and
  • were engaged in lobbying communications during a relevant reporting period,

your name is required to be included in a return by the lobbyist for that period and your name will appear on the Lobbying Register.