Legal materials

Reference list

Case Name (Year) Volume number Report series Starting page number.

Case Name [Year] Report series Starting page number.

Mabo v. Queensland (1988) 166 CLR 186.

Springfield v Registrar of Births Deaths and Marriages (General) [2011] VCAT 130. Retrieved from http://www6.austlii.edu.au/cgi-bin/viewdoc/au/cases/vic/VCAT/2011/130.html

Notes
  • For in-text citations, cite the name of the case in italics and the year of the decision.
  • When referring to a specific section of the legislation, use s. (meaning 'section').
  • Round brackets are used when the report series is organised by volume numbers, square brackets are used when the reports are organised by year rather than volume. Ensure that the brackets used in your citation match the type of brackets used in your source.
  • Include the jurisdiction in brackets (Clth) for Commonwealth or the (State abbreviation).
  • Add a retrieval statement to the end of the reference if the citation is from an electronic source.
  • For detailed guidelines, the APA style guide refers readers to The Bluebook: A uniform system of citation (19th ed, 2010), however this does not cover Australian law and cases. In Australia, the following is used as a standard for Legal Referencing: Melbourne University Law Review Association, & Melbourne Journal of International Law. (2010). Australian guide to legal citation (4th ed.). Melbourne, Australia: Melbourne University Law Review Association. AGLC should also be consulted when referencing international legal documents.
In-text referencing

In the case of Mabo v. Queensland (1988), the judgement...

This was disputed by council for the plaintiff (Lessard v. Schmidt, 1972)...

Reference list

Short Title of Act Year (Jurisdiction abbreviation) section if relevant.

Copyright Act 1968 (Cth).

Anti-Discrimination Act 1991 (Qld) s. 15.

Short Title of Bill Year (Jurisdiction abbreviation).

Liquor Control Reform Amendment (Licensing) Bill 2009 (Vic). Retrieved from https://content.legislation.vic.gov.au/sites/default/files/184809e5-6ff5-307d-83cb-7670a9a959dc_561334bi1.pdf

Notes
  • When referring to a specific section of the legislation, use s. (meaning 'section').
  • The year is written in italics as it is considered to be part of the title of the Act.
  • Include the jurisdiction in brackets (Cth) for Commonwealth or the (State abbreviation).
  • Add a retrieval statement to the end of the reference if the citation is from an electronic source.
  • When citing in-text, include the year passed.
  • For detailed guidelines, the APA style guide refers readers to The Bluebook: A uniform system of citation (19th ed, 2010), however this does not cover Australian law and cases. In Australia, the following is used as a standard for Legal Referencing: Melbourne University Law Review Association, & Melbourne Journal of International Law. (2010). Australian guide to legal citation (4th ed.). Melbourne, Australia: Melbourne University Law Review Association (AGLC). AGLC should also be consulted when referencing international legal documents.
In-text referencing

Queensland's Anti-Discrimination Act (1991, s.15) stated that ...

According to the Commonwealth Copyright Act (1968) ...