Deakin guide to referencing - Government, legal

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Government overview

Cite government publications according to the source type (e.g. book, website) and also provide:

  • the name of the author or if not identified the name of all relevant authoring agencies/departments and the jurisdiction, if not evident from other publication details
  • titles should appear as they occur in the publication and capital letters in all titles are maintained.

Department of Health and Ageing. National Children's Nutrition and Physical Activity User Guide. Canberra: AGPS; 2008.

Department of Health and Ageing, Department of Agriculture and Fisheries, Australian Food and Grocery Council. Department of Health [Internet]. Canberra: Commonwealth of Australia; c2008. 2007 Australian National Children's Nutrition and Physical Activity Survey - Main Findings. [cited 2014 Feb 3]; 58p. Available from: https://www.health.gov.au/internet/main/publishing.nsf/Content/8F4516D5FAC0700ACA257BF0001E0109/$File/childrens-nut-phys-survey.pdf

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ABS

For Australian Bureau of Statistics releases accessed online, cite as you would other web pages, with the addition of the ABS catalogue number.

Australian Bureau of Statistics [Internet]. Canberra: ABS; year. Title of release. Catalogue number. [updated year month day; cited year month day]. Available: URL

Australian Bureau of Statistics [Internet]. Canberra: ABS; 2011. Causes of death. Cat. 3303.0. [updated 2013 Mar 15; cited 2014 Feb 03]. Available: http://www.abs.gov.au/ausstats/abs@.nsf/Latestproducts/3303.0Contents2011?opendocument&tabname=Summary&prodno=3303.0&issue=2011&num=&view=

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Legal sources

No specific information is provided by NLM on how to cite legal sources in the Vancouver style. The following examples are based on the Australian Guide to Legal Citation (AGLC). For more information on referencing legal sources, including legal abbreviations, see the Deakin referencing guide to AGLC.

Note that:

  • titles of Acts and cases are in italics
  • there are no full stops at the end of reference list entries.

Act of Parliament

Title of Act year (Jurisdiction) section number

Health Records Act 2001 (Vic) s. 25


Case (law report series organised by year)

Title of Case (year) Volume number Abbreviation of report series First page of case

Psalidis v Norwich Union Life Australia Ltd (2009) 29 VR 123


Case (law report series organised by volume)

Title of Case [year] Volume number Abbreviation of report series First page of case

Beattie v Ball [1999] 3 VR 1


Case (unreported judgement)

Title of case [year] Court abbreviation Judgement number (day month year) [paragraph]

Royall v Croydon Hospital Pty Ltd [2013] VSC 453 (26 Aug 2013) [27]

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Report

To cite a government report published online, provide the:

  • government agency/department
  • medium as [Internet]
  • year of publication
  • date cited
  • catalogue number
  • place of publication and publisher
  • URL. No additional full stop after the URL.

Government Agency/Department. Title of report [Internet]. year [cited year month day]; catalogue number. Place of publication: Publisher. Available from: URL

Australian Institute of Health and Welfare. Cancer in Australia: an overview 2012 [Internet]. 2012 [cited 2013 Apr 23]; Cancer series no. 74. Cat. No. CAN 70. Canberra: AIHW. Available from: http://www.aihw.gov.au/WorkArea/DownloadAsset.aspx?id=60129542353

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