How do I refer a matter for investigation?
How to request that the Registrar conduct an investigation
If you wish to make a request that the Registrar conduct an investigation to establish whether there is or has been compliance with the Lobbyists Registration Act (“LRA”), you will be expected to provide the Registrar with:
- the name and address of the alleged subject; and
- a description of the facts that allegedly constitute a violation of the LRA.
What to expect
- If no investigation is commenced as a result of the request, and the request for investigation has not otherwise been made public, your identity will be kept confidential.
- If an investigation is commenced as a result of the request, your identity may be disclosed to the person under investigation, to the extent that it is necessary to conduct the investigation and adhere to the principles of procedural fairness.
- The Registrar may direct that your identity, and any information you disclose be kept confidential to the exclusion of any other person, including the person directly affected, on terms the Registrar considers necessary, if the Registrar believes that direction is necessary to ensure the proper administration of the Act, including protecting that person from physical or other harm.
- You will have no rights to notice or information during the investigation, and no greater procedural rights in an investigation or subsequent hearing, than any other member of the public.
- If the investigation results in a finding of non-compliance, the report must be tabled with the Speaker of the Legislative Assembly. The ORL will also post the report on the website.
- If the investigation results in a finding of compliance, a report of the findings may be prepared and if it is considered to be in the public interest, the report may be made publicly available on the website.