APA Referencing: Legislation

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Basic format to reference legislation and cases

Please note: Students studying Law units at VU should use the Australian Guide to Legal Citation (AGLC).

The basics of a reference list entry for an Act:

  • Short Title of Act (in italics).
  • Year (in italics).
  • Jurisdiction abbreviation (in round brackets).
  • Section number and subdivision if applicable.
  • Country abbreviation (in round brackets).
  • The first line of each citation is left adjusted. Every subsequent line is indented 5-7 spaces.

Example: Anti-Discrimination Act 1991 (Qld) s. 15.4 (Austl.).

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The basics of a reference list entry for a Bill:

  • Short title of bill (no italics).
  • Year.
  • Jurisdiction abbreviation (in round brackets).
  • Country abbreviation (in round brackets).
  • The first line of each citation is left adjusted. Every subsequent line is indented 5-7 spaces.

Example: Interactive Gambling Bill 2001 (Cth) (Austl.).

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The basics for a reference list entry for a Case:

  • Popular title of Case (in italics).
  • Year.
  • Volume number.
  • Reporter abbreviation.
  • First page number.
  • Country abbreviation (in round brackets).
  • The first line of each citation is left adjusted. Every subsequent line is indented 5-7 spaces.

Example: Mabo v. Queensland 1988 166 CLR 186 (Austl.).

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Referencing legislation and cases: Examples

Material Type In-Text Example Reference List Example
Acts & Bills ... according to s. 15.4 of the Anti-Discrimination Act 1991 (Qld) ...

The Interactive Gambling Bill 2001 (Cth) prohibits ..

Anti-Discrimination Act 1991 (Qld) s. 15.4 (Austl.).

Interactive Gambling Bill 2001 (Cth) (Austl.).

Reference should cite the print source unless an electronic source is designated as the official version.

Acts & Bills: Online

... according to s. 15.4 of the Anti-Discrimination Act 1991 (Qld)

...The Interactive Gambling Bill 2001 (Cth) prohibits ...

Anti-Discrimination Act 1991 (Qld) s. 15.4 (Austl.). Retrieved from http://www.legislation.qld.gov.au/Acts_SLs/Acts_SL_A.htm

Interactive Gambling Bill 2001 (Cth) (Austl.). Retrieved from Lexis Nexis.

Cases                     According to Carey v. Price (2005) ...

... in a land rights case (Mabo v. Queensland, 1988).

Carey v. Price 2005 132 ALR 255 (Austl.).

Mabo v. Queensland 1988 166 CLR 186 (Austl.).