Harvard Referencing: Legislation/Cases

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Basic format to reference legislation

For Acts of Parliament, details to include are:

  • Short title in italics, or use the long title if there is one, year in italics, jurisdiction abbreviation (in round brackets) and section/s if applicable, e.g. Yarra River Protection (Wilip-Gin Birrarung Murron Act 2017 (Vic)
  • Italics are not used for Acts of Parliament of other nations, e.g. Youth Work Act 2010 (Estonia)

For Bills, details to include are:

  • The name of the Bill and the Legislative Body- there are no italics, and the jurisdiction abbreviation (in round brackets), e.g. Marriage Amendment (Definition and Religious Freedoms) Bill 2017 (Cth)

For Cases, details to include are:

  • Popular title of Case (in italics).
  • Year (in round brackets).
  • Volume number.
  • Reporter abbreviation.
  • First page number.
    e.g. Reurich v Sureway Employment and Training Pty Ltd (2018) FCA 680

Please note
Students studying Law units at VU use the Australian Guide to Legal Citation (AGLC) - check with your lecturer

AGLC Guide

Referencing legislation: Examples

Material Type In-Text Example Reference List Examples

Acts/Statutes

Section 67 of the Yarra River Protection (Wilip-Gin Birrarung Murron) Act 2017 (Vic) states that …
OR

‘Framework for environmental reporting’ … (Yarra River Protection (Wilip-Gin Birrarung Murron) Act 2017
(Vic), s. 67).

 

According to the Regional Investment Corporation Act 2018 (Cth) (No. 6, 2018).

 

Yarra River Protection (Wilip-Gin Birrarung Murron Act 2017 (Vic)

 

 

 

Regional Investment Corporation Act 2018 (Cth)

 

No full stops at the end of the reference for the Reference List for legislation and cases.

Bills

Marriage Amendment (Definition and Religious Freedoms) Bill 2017 (Cth).

Marriage Amendment (Definition and Religious Freedoms) Bill 2017 (Cth)

No Italics.

Cases

 

Reurich v Sureway Employment and Training Pty Ltd (2018) FCA 680.

Reurich v Sureway Employment and Training Pty Ltd (2018) FCA 680