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Referencing Legislation Harvard Style Bibliography

The name and date of the legislation should be included within the text of your assignment, with additional information in the reference list.

UK Acts (Statutes)

Title of legislation including year

In text example:

This is governed by the Environment Act1995.

Reference list examples:

Environment Act1995

Each Act has a chapter number which you can also include:

Environment Act1995, Ch 25

If you are referring to a particular part of an Act, then include the section (s. or ss.), schedule (sch.) or paragraph (para) reference:

Environment Act1995, Ch 25, ss.5-11

Environment Act1995, Ch 25, sch. 1, para 2

Statutory Instruments (Orders, Rules and Regulations)

Title and year of Statutory Instrument (number)

In text examples:

Cite the title, year and number of the SI (Statutory Instrument) in italics – after the first mention you can refer to them by title/year or SI number.

...as stated in the Insolvency Rules 1986 (SI 1986/925).

SIs are divided into articles (art.), rules (r. or rr.) or regulations (reg or regs):

...with reference to the Insolvency Rules 1986 (SI 1986/925) r.15(2).

Reference list examples:

Insolvency Rules 1986 (SI 1986/925)

Insolvency Rules 1986 (SI 1986/925) r.15(2)

Bills (proposals for legisation)

Short title (Parliamentary Session) Serial Number

In text example:

...as described in the Harbours Bill HL Bill (2002-03).

Reference list example:

The serial number changes every time the Bill is reprinted. Include [ ] for House of Commons Bill numbers:

Health and Safety at Work (Offences Bill) HC Bill (2002-03) [38]

Harbours Bill HL Bill (2002-03) 24


Law students should be using the OSCOLA system to cite legal references (see below).


Chicago manual of style. 15th ed. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2003 does not  include how to cite Australian Legislation hence 
Stuhmcke, Annita Legal referencing. 2nd ed. Sydney: Butterworths, 2001 has been used in the creation of the legislation section of this guide.


  • note number
  • Short title
  • Year 
  • (Jurisdiction) ie. (Cth), (ACT), (NSW), (NT), (Qld), (SA), (Tas), (Vic), (WA)
    If applicable
  • Section or Sections eg. s 63 or ss 63-54

7Boundary Fences Act 1908 (Tas) s 8

8Airports Act 1996 (Cth) ss 2-4


Statute accessed from a website

When legislation is accessed from the web  include the URL  enclosed in <> and the date that the legislation was accessed enclosed in  ( ) as shown below.

 8Building Act 2000 (Tas) s 37 <http://www.austlii.edu.au/au/legis/tas/consol_act/ba200091/s37.html> (3 December 2004)


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