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Senior School Referencing

Senior School help and support with academic integrity and referencing.

Referencing legal sources

While the school uses APA style referencing, in Australian the common practice is to use the Australian guide to legal citation (Melbourne Journal of International Law & Melbourne University Law Review Association, 2010) or AGLC. This referencing help guide gives you an introduction to the basics of referencing legal information.

Legal Sources | General Rules

There are many unique elements to legal referencing. Some of the more common conventions are listed below. For a full description of legal referencing in Australia refer to the Australian guide to legal citation (Melbourne Journal of International Law & Melbourne University Law Review Association, 2010).

  • Use the short title when referencing legislation. For example: Copyright Act 1968 (Cth) and not "An Act relating to copyright and the protection of certain performances, and for other purposes". The first part of Australian legislation has a section on how to cite the Act.
  • The jurisdiction should be abbreviated and placed in round brackets. Jurisdictions are not italicized. For example: for Victoria use (Vic), Queensland use (Qld), New South Wales use (NSW) and for the Australian Commonwealth use (Cth). 
  • Pinpoint references use an abbreviation and a number separated by a space. Common abbreviations include: ch for chapter, cl for clause, div for division, para for paragraph, s for section, and sub-s for subsection.

Legal Sources | Legislation

Reference lists [Bibliographies]:
Syntax:

Short Title of the Act (in italics) Year (in italics) (Jurisdiction abbreviation) Section number Subdivision, if relevant.

Examples:

Constitution Act 1975 (Vic)

Copyright Act 1968 (Cth)

In text reference [Citation] examples:
Syntax:

Short Title of the Act (in italics) Year (in italics) (Jurisdiction abbreviation) Section number Subdivision, if relevant (Country abbreviation).

Examples:
Direct quote
"The Assembly may not pass any vote resolution or Bill for appropriating any part of the Consolidated Fund or of any duty rate tax rent return or impost for any purpose which has not been first recommended by a message of the Governor to the Assembly during the session in which such vote resolution or Bill is passed." Constitution Act 1975 (Vic) s 63
Indirect quote:
Parts of the Victorian Constitution are no longer fit for purpose. For example, Constitution Act 1975 (Vic) s 63 was designed to prevent members of the house going rogue and approving money be spent in contradiction to the government of the day. With the rise of the modern political party a government that lost control of the floor of the lower house in matters of expenditure would have to go to an election.

Quick Link

The Australian guide to legal citation or AGLC is available to download as a free PDF.

** Copyright Announcement **

Did you know that using some else's work without their permission is against the law? Copyright Act, 1968 (Cth).

For more information see the Students and Copyright and the Copyright for Schools information sheets at the Official Guide to Copyright Issues for Australian Schools at Smartcopying.

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