Oxford Referencing: Legislation

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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).
  • Section/s if applicable.

    Examples:

    Crimes Act 1958 (Vic), s. 28
    Copyright Act 1968 (Cwlth), ss. 4-7

For Bills, details to include are:

  • The name of the Bill and the Legislative Body (no italics).
  • Jurisdiction abbreviation (in round brackets).

    Example:

    Carbon Tax Plebiscite Bill 2011 (Cwlth)

For Cases, details to include are:

  • Popular title of Case (in italics).
  • Year (in round brackets).
  • Volume number.
  • Reporter abbreviation.
  • First page number.

    Example:
    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 Footnote Example Reference List Examples

Acts

1 Crimes Act 1958 (Vic), s. 28
2 Copyright Act 1968 (Cwlth), ss. 4-7

 

 

Crimes Act 1958 (Vic), s. 28

Copyright Act 1968 (Cwlth), ss. 4-7

Note: No full stops at the end of the citation in the Footnote or the Reference List.

Bills 1 Carbon Tax Plebiscite Bill 2011 (Cwlth)

Carbon Tax Plebiscite Bill 2011 (Cwlth)

No Italics.
Note: No full stops at the end of the citation in the Footnote or the Reference List.

Cases

1 Stinton v Amaca Pty Ltd (2014) WL 1350195

 Stinton v Amaca Pty Ltd (2014) WL 1350195

Note: No full stops at the end of the citation in the Footnote or the Reference List.