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Statutes (Rule 3)

  • Act title - use short title and italicize.
  • Year - italicize.
  • Jurisdiction - use abbreviation and put in brackets.
  • Pinpoint - identify the particular section, part, paragraph, schedule, etc abbreviated. See (Rule 3.1.4) for a table of appropriate abbreviations.
Act Title Year Abbreviation (abbreviation and round brackets) Pinpoint.
Competition and Consumer Act 2010 (Cth) sch 2.

Delegated Legislation (Regulations)

Delegated Legislation (Rule 3.4)

  • Cite in the same manner as primary legislation. (Rule 3.4)
  • Pinpointing - additional abbreviations are used. (Rule 3.4)
Regulation Title Year Abbreviation (abbreviation and round brackets) Pinpoint.
Migration Regulations 1994 (Cth) regs 2.01-2.02.
Migration (Migration Agents Code of Conduct) Regulations 2021 (Cth) s 10.
  • Policy documents

Department of Home Affairs (Cth), Procedures Advice Manual 3: Division 5.3 – Approval of nominated positions (employer nomination), para 25.3.


Bills (Rule 3.2)

  • Title - do not italicize.
  • Year - do not italicize.
  • Pinpoint - ‘Clause’ and ‘subclause’ (abbreviated as cl & sub-cl).
Bill Title Year Abbreviation (abbreviation and round brackets) Pinpoint.
Carbon Pollution Reduction Scheme Bill 2009 (Cth) cl 83.

Explanatory Memoranda, Statements and Notes

Explanatory Memoranda, Notes (Rule 3.7)

  • Title - Explanatory Memoranda (or in some jurisdictions Explanatory Statements or Explanatory Notes).
  • Title of the EM should be included following the Bill Citation.
  • Pinpoint - use pages and paragraphs.
Explanatory Memorandum, Bill Citation Pinpoint.
Explanatory Memorandum, Corporations Bill 2001 (Cth) 18.
Explanatory Note, Cemetaries and Cremetoria Bill 2013 (NSW) 7.