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AGLC4 Referencing

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Citing legislative material

The full AGLC4 rule for Acts of Parliament can be found at Legislative Materials starting at Rule 3.1.


Short title Year Jurisdiction Pinpoint
Evidence Act 1977 (Qld) s 8. 
  • Short title —italicise the short title
  • Year — year in which the Act passed parliament in italics
  • Jurisdiction
    • Cth (Commonwealth)
    • ACT (Australian Capital Territory) 
    • NSW (New South Wales)
    • NT (Northern Territory)
    • Qld (Queensland)
    • SA (South Australia)
    • Tas (Tasmania)
    • Vic (Victoria)
    • WA (Western Australia)


  • Crimes Act 1958 (Vic) s 34.

Bills are cited in the same way as Acts, however, the Bill title and year should not be italicised and the pinpoint abbreviation may differ.  Pinpoint designations for bills are 'clause' and 'sub-clause'.  For more information, see AGLC4 Rule 3.2.


  • Major Events Bill 2014 (Qld) cl 2.

Delegated legislation (including regulations) are cited the same way as Acts, except for the pinpoint abbreviation. The pinpoint abbreviation used depends on whether you are citing an order (O), regulation (reg) or rule (r). For more information see AGLC4 Rule 3.4.


  • Childrens Court Rules 2016 (Qld) reg 2.

Explanatory notes are also known as explanatory memoranda or explanatory statements. For more information, see AGLC4 Rule 3.7.  Pinpoints should be to the page or paragraph number.


  • Explanatory Notes, Building Queensland Bill 2015 (Qld) 10.
  • Explanatory Memorandum, Fair Work Bill 2009 (Cth) 26.