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Legal Citation


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Read this guide in conjunction with the Australian Guide to Legal Citation.

Legislation Databases

Legify - A free tool that locates and links to the authoritative version of Australian legislation and delegated legislation.

Western Australian Legislation - Western Australian Legislation Database, includes links to Bills and other parliamentary documents.

Federal Register of Legislation - Commonwealth Legislation Database, includes legislative material from the non self-governing territories and Bills and other parliamentary documents including Government Gazettes.

Commonwealth Bills and Legislation Information - Parliament of Australia website, offers searching, browsing, information on proposed legislation and alert services.

LawNow Legislation - Database of current national legislation for all Australian Federal, State and Territory Jurisdictions. Includes related materials and links to judicial consideration (case law) of legislation and/or sections. From Lexis Advance.

Lawlex - Subject index and links to Australian legislative materials, includes links to Bills and Hansard.

Federal Statutes Annotations - From Lexis Advance.

Law Quick Guides

Citing Bills

The essence of citing a Bill is:


Short title + year + (jurisdiction) + pinpoint reference.




Bills are cited in the same way as Acts, except the name is not italicised.

Pinpoint references are made to a clause or clauses, abbreviated to ‘cl’ and ‘cls’ respectively (AGLC rule 3.1.4). 


Activity indicator1. How would you cite clause 3 of the 2012 Western Australian Bill, the Criminal Investigation (Identifying People) Amendment Bill, in accordance with the requirements of AGLC?

a. Criminal Investigation (Identifying People) Amendment Bill 2012 (WA).
b. Criminal Investigation (Identifying People) Amendment Bill 2012 (WA). cl 3.
c. Criminal Investigation (Identifying People) Amendment Bill 2012 (WA) cl 3.
d. Criminal Investigation (Identifying People) Amendment Bill 2012 (WA) clause 3.