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Harvard Referencing Style Guide: Cases and legislation

This guide shows students and staff how to reference using the Harvard Referencing style.

Citing cases and legislation

  • A citation for an Australian Act of Parliament should begin with the short title of the Act in italics.
  • The year in which the Act was originally passed should appear in italics following the title.
  • The jurisdiction must be abbreviated (Cth, ACT, NSW, NT, SA, Tas, Vic, WA) and appear in parenthesis.
  • The section of the Act is abbreviated to s and a space should be placed between the s and number.
  • After the first citation the date can be omitted.

Citing cases and legislation: examples

Material Type

In-Text Example

Reference List Example


(R v Tang (2008) 237 CLR 1)

R v Tang (2008) 237 CLR.
Acts of Parliament

(Corporations Act 2001 (Cth) s 3)

(Criminal Code 1913 (WA) s 3)

Corporations Act 2001 (Cth).

Criminal Code 1913 (WA).
Delegated Legislation (Police Regulations 2003 (Vic) reg 6) Police Regulations 2003 (Vic) reg 6.
Bills (Corporations Amendment Bill (No 1) 2005 (Cth) Corporations Amendment Bill (No 1) 2005 (Cth).