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Rule 3 - Legislative Materials

Chapter 3 of AGLC3 details how legislation should be cited. The guidelines presented on these pages are consistent with advice given in AGLC3 and should be followed carefully.

Generally, the following rules apply to the domestic legislation of Australia and the states: acts or statutes and delegated legislation: rules, regulations, by-laws, ordinances.

  1. When citing legislation refer to the principal Act - it is assumed this refers to the act as amended.
  2. Only refer to an amending Act if it is relevant to a particular point in your argument.
  3. Always cite legislation in print format, regardless if accessed online.
  4. Jurisdiction should be abbreviated according to Rule 3.1.3.
  5. Pinpoints should be abbreviated as stated in AGLC3 rule 3.1.4. The pinpoint abbreviation and number must be separated by a space, however do not add a space in between a section and sub-section number. Example: s 3(a) or s 31(1)
  6. Consecutive pinpoints should be separated by an en-dash “–“ [use ctrl + minus key (for PC); command + minus key (for Mac)] and non-consecutive pinpoints by a comma and a space. Example: ss 5-8
  7. Consult AGLC 3 3.1.5 for comprehensive discussion of multiple pinpoint references.
  8. Where you are referring to a legislative provision in the text of your work, you should write as you would speak.
     Example: Incorrect: Cemeteries and Crematoria Act 2003 (Vic) s 10 states that...
                     Correct: Section 10 of the Cemeteries and Crematoria Act 2003 (Vic) states that …

Legislation Citation Elements

Image showing Citation Elements for Legislation in AGLC3 Style

Rule 3.1.1- 3.1.6: The essence of citing an act is Short Title + Year + Jurisdiction.

In text references should include the Short Titlejurisdictional notation and relevant section details.

Example: The Court has power under Federal Court of Australia Act 1976 (Cth) s 23 to...

or             The Court has power under s 23 of the Federal Court of Australia Act 1976 (Cth) to...

Legislative Materials Citations

Short Title  + (Jurisdiction) +  Pinpoint

Legislative Materials Cited in Footnotes

3.9, 1.4.1, 1.4.2: All legislative materials except for Gazettes, may be given a short title. The short title may be used in text or in footnotes in subsequent citations.

Ibid is used for all legislative/quasi-legislative materials when cited in footnotes when referring to a precedeing source.  In other subsequent references, citations should appear in full each time a source is referred to.