Chicago 17th B

Act of Parliament

The Chicago Manual of Style does not cover Australian legal materials. The guidelines presented are adapted from the Australian Guide to Legal Citation.

Short Title of Act Year in Italics (Jurisdiction) Section # and subdivision (if relevant). URL.


Reference list example

Copyright Act 1968 (Cth) S. 40. https://www.austlii.edu.au/au/legis/cth/consol_act/ca1968133/.

According to the Copyright Act 1968 …

OR

Section 40 of the Copyright Act 1968 states …


If quoting

Section 40 of the Copyright Act 1968 states that “a fair dealing with a literary work does not constitute an infringement.”

  • For in-text citations and reference list, put the title of the Act (which includes the Year) in italics
  • Abbreviate the jurisdiction (e.g.Commonwealth is abbreviated to Cth)
  • Always include the section/paragraph/part number (if available) so it is easily discoverable
  • In the reference list, separate this from the main body of the list under the subheading: Legislation

Case

The Chicago Manual of Style does not cover Australian legal materials. The guidelines presented are adapted from the Australian Guide to Legal Citation.

Case Name in Italics (Year). Volume Number Law Report Series Starting Page or Pinpoint. URL.


Reference list example

Shea v News Ltd. (2015). WASC 1. http://www.austlii.edu.au/cgi-bin/sign.cgi/au/cases/wa/WASC/2015/1.

(Shea v News Ltd. 2015).

OR

In Shea v News Ltd. (2015) the court ruled that …


If quoting

It was reported that “the published photographs show a series of people photographed at a Perth station” (Shea v News Ltd. 2015, 4).

OR

In the case of Shea v News Ltd (2015, 4) it was reported that “the published photographs show a series of people photographed at a Perth station.”

  • Cases are only included in the reference list if considered essential to your argument
  • If the volume number is not available, leave this out of the reference list
  • The Law Report Series is always abbreviated in the reference list e.g. WASC
  • If the case is obtained from an electronic database, add a URL as for electronic journal articles
  • The Pinpoint refers to a specific page or paragraph number within the report
  • If you decide to include a case in your reference list, set it apart from the main body of the reference list under the subheading: Legal Authorities

Standard

Standard Issuer Name. Year. Title of Standard in Italics. Standard Number. Publisher. URL.


Reference list example

Standards Australia. 2009. Wire-Rope Slings: Product Specification. AS 1666.1-2009. SAI Global. https://www.saiglobal.com.

(Standards Australia 2009).

OR

As claimed in Standards Australia (2009) …


If quoting

“Each thimble in a sling shall comply with AS 1138” (Standards Australia 2009, 12).

OR

As specified in Standards Australia (2009, 12) “each thimble in a sling shall comply with AS 1138.”

  • If using a print standard, omit the URL