Acts and delegated legislation

To cite legislation from jurisdictions other than Australia, consult Part V - Foreign Domestic Materials.

Format for footnotes

Elements, punctuation & capitalisation

Title Year (Abbreviated Jurisdiction) pinpoint (‘Short Title’).


Crimes Act 1958 (Vic) s 3(2).

Occupational Health and Safety (Maritime Industry) Act 1993 (Cth) div 3 (‘OHS Maritime Act’).

Format for bibliography

Elements, punctuation & capitalisation

Title Year (Jurisdiction Abbreviation)


Crimes Act 1958 (Vic)

Occupational Health and Safety (Maritime Industry) Act 1993 (Cth)

Style notes for this reference type

  • To help with subsequent references, you can add a short title to Acts or parts of Acts. See 3.1.7.
  • The list of abbreviations for Australian jurisdiction can be found at 3.1.3.
  • Pinpoint references comprise of an abbreviation of a designation, then a number. They are separated by a space. See 3.1.4 for the correct abbreviation to use for designations (e.g. section, clause, division) or 3.4 for the correct abbreviations for delegated legislation.
  • Short titles and pinpoint references should be removed for your bibliography.

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