how to reference a policy

how to reference a policy

how to reference a policy

The Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (APA) does not contain examples for non US legislation and suggests referring to other specialized law referencing styles. We have referred to the Bluebook (Tables:T2.2 Australia) as a guide to create the following examples.

  • Short title of the act in italics.
  • Year of passage in italics. Add the year of passage if it is not included in the short title of the act. (Reference to the year should be to the year the act was originally passed, not the year of amendment or compilation. Acts cited are presumed to be as amended. Amending acts do not need to be cited unless the amending act is being directly cited).
  • Jurisdiction abbreviated e.g. Commonwealth or state legislation.
  • Subdivision if relevant. If you are referring to multiple sections of the act, cite the act in full in your reference list entry and refer to the sections in text.
  • URL to the authorised government web page. e.g.

How to reference a policy
You must check with your school/faculty as to which system and/or style is applicable. For general guidance on referencing please visit our library guides on referencing and using EndNote.
Please also refer to the sections regarding examination and assessment offences and plagiarism.

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You should reference:

When you find a useful resource that can help answer a question (from another site or in an answer on Stack Overflow) make sure you do all of the following:

  • Provide a link to the original page or answer
  • Quote only the relevant portion
  • Provide the name of the original author


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