An advocate hired to work on behalf of individuals and organisations in order to influence political decisions in their favour is considered a professional lobbyist.

The promoting, opposing, or attempting to influence the introduction, defeat, or enactment of legislation before a legislative body, as well as opposing approval, amendment, or veto.

Any individual or organisation can petition government, but the most active industries hiring lobbyists include health, insurance, banks, technology, energy and mining.

Don’t let your voice be drowned out in a sea of money, you have the right to put your organisation’s message forward to your elected representatives.