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APA 7th Referencing: Legal Material

This guide provides information and resources for students and staff about APA 7th, the referencing style used at William Angliss Institute.

Important information when referencing Acts of Parliament

The APA Publication manual  refers readers to The Bluebook: A uniform system of citation, however this does not cover Australian law and cases.  When citing legal materials in Australia the convention is to use the resource, Australian guide to legal citation (AGLC), which is currently in its 4th edition (2018). The following referencing information below is based on (AGLC). See the link below for more detailed information.



Abbreviations are to be used for the jurisdiction and designation. Full-stops are not used in abbreviations.

Jurisdiction                                       Abbreviation

Commonwealth                                  Cth

Victoria                                               Vic

Australian Capital Territory                 ACT

New South Wales                               NSW

Northern Territory                               NT

Queensland                                        Qld

South Australia                                   SA

Tasmania                                            Tas

Western Australia                               WA

Pinpoint, is when you identify the particular paragraph, part, schedule, section etc. of the Act.

Designation                                       Abbreviation

Paragraph                                           para

Part                                                     pt

Schedule                                             sch

Section                                                s


In-text example

 According to the Food Act 1984 (Vic) (s 4C) ...

... (Food Act 1984 (Vic) s 4C)

Reference list example

Food Act 1984 (Vic) s 4C. 



An in-text citation and reference list entry for an Act, include the same elements, except for the URL..

Include the jurisdiction the first time the Act is cited. The jurisdiction can be dropped with subsequent citations.