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. Crimes Act 1958 (Vic) s.28

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. Carbon Tax Plebiscite Bill 2011 (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. 
    James Hardie Industries NV v Australian Securities and Investments Commission (2010) 274 ALR 85

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 28 of the Crimes Act 1958 (Vic) states that...
OR
Acts done with intent...(Crimes Act 2001 (Cth), s.28)

(Sex and Age Discrimination Legislation Amendment Act 2011 (No. 40)).

 

Crimes Act 1958 (Vic) s.28

 

Sex and Age Discrimination Legislation Amendment Act 2011 (No. 40, 2011)

 

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

Bills Carbon Tax Plebiscite Bill 2011 (Cth).

Carbon Tax Plebiscite Bill 2011 (Cth)

No Italics.

Cases James Hardie Industries NV v Australian Securities and Investments Commission (2010) 274 ALR 85. James Hardie Industries NV v Australian Securities and Investments Commission (2010) 274 ALR 85