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Oxford : Legislation

Basic Format to Reference Acts

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: 1 Copyright Act 1968 (Cwlth), ss. 4-7

Act reference example

Basic Format to Reference Bills

For Bills, details to include are:

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

Example: 1 Carbon Tax Plebiscite Bill 2011 (Cwlth)

Bill reference example

Basic Format to Reference Cases

For Cases, details to include are:

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

Example: 1 James Hardie Industries NV v Australian Securities and Investments Commission (2010) 274 ALR 85

Case reference example
 

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

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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

1Carbon Tax Plebiscite Bill 2011 (Cwlth)

Carbon Tax Plebiscite Bill 2011 (Cwlth)

Cases

1 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

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