General Rules

  • Use the Short Title of the Act in italics
    • If the Act does not have a short title, use the long title of the Act

  • When multiple Acts have the same title but contain different numbers (for example, No 1) include the number in brackets
    • For example: - Law and Justice Legislation Amendment Act (No 2) 1992 (Cth).

  • The title and year should appear in italics
    • The year should be that of the original Act, not a particular provision

  • The jurisdiction should appear in brackets at the end of the footnote
    • For example:
      • Queensland: Qld; Commonwealth: Cth.
    • SEE note 3.1.3 for a list of abbreviated jurisdictions

  • Indicate the section of an Act using a lower-case s
    • For example:
      • Trade Practices Act 1974 (Cth) s 52.

  • Always cite legislation according to print format, even if you access it online

Bibliography examples:

  • Trade Practices Act 1974 (Cth)
  • Anti-Discrimination Act 1991 (Qld)

Refer to Chapter 3 of the AGLC-3 for more information and examples.

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