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Australian Guide to Legal Citation 4th edition

This is a short guide to the Australian Guide to Legal Citation (4th ed)


The full AGLC4 rule for Acts of Parliament can be found at Legislative Materials starting at 3.1 on p 67.


Short title Year Jurisdiction Pinpoint
Evidence Act 1977 (Qld) s 8. 
  • Short title —italicize 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. For more information, see AGLC4 rule 3.2 on p 74.


  • Major Events Bill 2014 (Qld) cl 2.

Delegated legislation

Delegated legislation (including regulations) are cited the same way as Acts, except for the pinpoint abbreviation. The abbreviation changes depending on whether you are citing a order (O), regulation (reg) or rule (r). For more information see, AGLC4 rule  3.4 on p 75.


  • Childrens Court Rules 2016 (Qld) reg 2.

Explanatory memoranda, statements and notes

Explanatory notes are also known as explanatory memoranda or explanatory statements. For more information, see AGLC4 rule 3.7 on p 77.


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