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APA 7th Edition Referencing: Legal & Government

Legal & Government Materials

When referencing Australian and international legal materials, use the Australian Guide to Legal Citation (4th ed.). The examples in this guide are based on this Australian guide. Note: In-text citations follow the standard APA format, not the AGLC's footnotes.

The APA Style Guide refers readers to "The bluebook: A uniform system of citation"; however, The Bluebook is unsuitable for use in Australia.

Legal & Government Docments


Reference List In-Text Citation EndNote

Short Title of Act Year (Jurisdiction abbreviation) Pinpoint. URL (if gotten from a website)

Short title of legislation year (abbreviated jurisdiction), subdivision number)

Reference type: Book

Add Act title and year to Title Field

Add Jurisdiction abbreviation to the Year Field


In-Text Citation

In Edit & Manage Citations in Word, choose Exclude Year in Formatting

In the Suffix field, add a space (jurisdiction abbreviation). Click Ok

Mental Health and Wellbeing Act 2022 (Vic),

(Mental Health and Wellbeing Act 2022, (Vic), s 28)


Australian Bureau of Statistics

Reports by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) are commonly used sources of information for academic tasks.

Note that some pages on the ABS webpage are updated regularly. Include a retrieval date if the page's contents are designed to change. This is shown by the Latest Release date.

The ABS's website How to cite ABS sources has some good tips on how to cite ABS tables and images, but remember these tips are generic and need to be adapted to the APA 7th Referencing style.

Reference List In-Text Citation
Corporate author. (Year). Title of page. URL  



Australian Bureau of Statistics. (2021). Education and training: Census

First In-text Citation

(Australian Bureau of Statistics [ABS], 2021)

Subsequent In-text Citations

(ABS, 2021)



Bills are treated as unpublished works and the title is not italicised.

Reference List In-Text Citation EndNote Hints
Short title of the bill, year, abbreviated jurisdiction, subdivision number (if applicable). URL (Short title year (jurisdiction abbreviation) s. subdivision number if applicable)

Reference type: Website


Add Bill title, year and jurisdiction to Title Field


Children's Guardian Bill 2019 (NSW).


(Children and Young Persons Bill, 2019, NSW)

In-Text Citation

Go to Edit & Manage Citations in Word.

In the Suffix field, add a space s. then the subdivision number. Click Ok.



Government report

Reference List In-text Citation
Corporate author name. (Year). Title (Publication No.). Publisher if different to author. URL   
Australian Institute of Health and Welfare. (2024). Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health performance framework: Summary report. Australian Government.

First In-Text Citation

(Australian Institute of Health and Welfare [AIHW], 2024)

Subsequent In-Text Citations

(AIHW, 2024)


Government website

Reference List In-text Citation
Agency responsible for website. (Year). Title. Parent agency. URL (Responsible agency, year)
Department of Health. (2021). National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health plan 2021- 2031. Australian Government.

(Department of Health, 2021).



Reference List In-Text Citation EndNote
Name of standard organisation. (Year). Title of standard (Standard number). Publisher. URL

Reference type: Report

Add standard number into Report Number field

Standards Australia & Standards New Zealand. (2015). Pressure equipment (AS1200:2015). SAI Global. (Standards Australia, 2015)
Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care. (2022). Sepsis clinical care standard

First In-text Citation

(Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care, [ACSQHC] 2022)

Subsequent Citations

(ACSQHC, 2022)



Australian Jurisdiction Abbreviations

Jurisdiction Abbreviation
Commonwealth Cth

Australian Capital Territory

New South Wales NSW
Northern Territory NT
Queensland Qld
South Australia SA
Tasmania Tas
Victoria Vic
Western Australia WA