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Legal Sources

Legal Sources can include Legislation, Acts, Bills or Legal Cases. 




In-text reference

The Criminal Code Act 1899 (Qld) is ...

Name of Act and Year (in italics) Jurisdiction bracketed and abbreviated, example (Qld) (Vic) Commonwealth: (Cth)


Criminal Code Act 1899 (Qld)

Broadcasting Services Act 1992 (Cth)

Pharmacy and Poisons Act 1952 (UK)

If your source was not the actual act, include the full details of the source.



Bills should appear in the same format as legislation; however, they are not italicised.

In-text Citation

The Agricultural and Veterinary Chemicals Legislation Amendment Bill 2019 (Cth) provides that ...


Agricultural and Veterinary Chemicals Legislation Amendment Bill 2019 (Cth). Available from 

Legal Cases

Legal Cases

In-Text Citation

Donaghue v Stevenson (1932) established ...


Minister for Immigration and Border Protection v Kumar (2017) 260 CLR 367 (Austl.).

If the case was quoted in a secondary source, cite the secondary source in the References.


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