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Harvard Referencing Style

Government publications

General Format  

In-Text Citation: 
(Government Year)
(Government Year, page number)
 
Reference
Government name Year, Title of publications, Publisher, Place of Publication if applicable, viewed Date Month Year, <URL>.
 
Example
  
In-Text Citation: 
(South Australia State Government 2001)
 
References:
South Australia State Government 2001, Mid year budget review, Department of Treasury and Finance (South Australia), viewed 8 May 2002, <http://www.treasury.sa.gov.au/finance/pdf/ mybr2001-02.pdf>.
 
In-Text Citation: 
(Australian Government 2004)
 
References:

Australian Government 2004, Australia’s demographic challenges, Commonwealth of Australia, Canberra, viewed 20 August 2012, <http://demographics.treasury.gov.au/content/_download/
australias_demographic_challenges/australias_demographic_challenges.pdf>.

General Format   

In-Text Citation: 
(Author Surname Year)
(Author Surname Year, page number)
 
References:
Author Surname, Initial(s) Year, Title (Report No. xxx [if available]), Publisher, Place of Publication.
 
Example 1 - print
  
In-Text Citation: 
(Dawkins 1987)
(Dawkins 1987, p. 16)
 
References:
Dawkins, J 1987, Higher education: a policy discussion paper, Australian Government Publication Service, Canberra.
 
Example 2 - Electronic
  
In-Text Citation: 
(Henry et al. 2010)
(Henry et al. 2010, p. 14)
 
References:
Henry, DK, Harmer, J, Piggott, J, Ridout, H & Smith, G 2010, Australia's future tax system, Commonwealth of Australia, Department of Treasury, Canberra, viewed 24 April 2011, <http://taxreview.treasury.gov.au/content/content.aspx?doc=html/pubs_reports.htm>.
 

General Format   

In-Text Citation: 
(Name of Government Organization Year)
(Name of Government Organization Year, page number)
 
References:
Government Name, Name of Government Agency Year, Title (Report No. xxx [if available]), Publisher, Place of Publication.
Government Name, Name of Government Agency Year, Title (Report No. xxx [if available]), Publisher, Place of Publication, viewed Day Month Year, <URL>.
 
Example 1 - Print
  
In-Text Citation: 
(Department of Education, Science and Training 2006)
(Department of Education, Science and Training 2006, p. 5)
 
References:

Department of Education, Science and Training 2006, The Australian Government's innovation report 2005-06: real results, real jobs, Dept. of Education, Science and Training, Canberra.

 
Example 2 - Electronic
  
In-Text Citation: 
(Foreign Investment Review Board 2012)
(Foreign Investment Review Board 2012, p. 1)
 
References:

Foreign Investment Review Board (FIRB) 2012, Australia’s foreign investment framework, FIRB, Canberra,  viewed 24 September 2013, <http://www.firb.gov.au/content/guidance/downloads/gn1_jan2012.pdf>.

 

This format is for citing documents from Australian Bureau of Statistics:

  • Use 'Australian Bureau of Statistics' as the Author.
  • Include the ABS catalogue number after the title, if the item has one.
  • Use  'cat. no.' for the catalogue number.
General Format 
 
In-Text Citation: 
(Australian Bureau of Statistics Year)
 
References:
Australian Bureau of Statistics Year, Title, catalogue number, ABS, Canberra.
Australian Bureau of Statistics Year, Title, catalogue number, ABS, viewed Day Month Year, <URL>.
    
Example 1 - Print
 
In-Text Citation: 

(Australian Bureau of Statistics 1995)

References:

Australian Bureau of Statistics 1995, National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander survey 1994: detailed findings, cat. no. 4190.0, ABS, Canberra.

 
Example 2 - Online

In-Text Citation: 

(Australian Bureau of Statistics 2014)

References:

Australian Bureau of Statistics 2014, Overseas arrivals and departures, Australia, cat. no. 3401.0, ABS, viewed 3 October 2014, <http://www.abs.gov.au/AUSSTATS/abs@.nsf/Lookup/3401.0Main+  Features1Aug%202014?OpenDocument>.

General Format

References to Hansard (Parliament debates) are presented in the following formats:
Print:
Australia, Senate 2000, Debates, vol. S25, p. 65.
Australia, House of Representatives 2000, Debates, vol. HR103, pp. 2-9
 
Online:
When viewing the online version, if the volume number is unavailable, you can use the day the debate took place.
Australia, House of Representatives 2016, Debates, no.6, Wednesday, 23 November, viewed 20 January 2017, <http://www.aph.gov.au/Parliamentary_Business/Hansard/>.
 
Example 1 - print 
 
In-Text Citation: 
Mr. Ruddock outlined the two initiatives … (Australia, House of Representatives 2001, pp. 24483-24488).
 
References:
Australia, House of Representatives 2001, Parliament debates, vol. HR238, pp 24483-24488.
 
Example 2 - online
  
In-Text Citation: 
Mr. Singh (Australia, Senate 2015, p. 3235) addressed the issue of …  
 
References:

Australia, Senate 2015, Parliamentary Debates,  no. 5, 14 May, viewed 30 May 2016, <http://www.aph.gov.au/Parliamentary_Business/Hansard/ Hanssen261110#2015>.

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About citing government publications

For each type of source in this guide, both the general form and an example will be provided.

The following format will be used:

In-Text Citation (Author date) - entry that appears in the body of your paper when you express the ideas of a researcher or author using your own words.

In-Text Citation (Author date, page number) - entry that appears in the body of your paper after a direct quote or when paraphrasing a passage, summarising an idea from a particular page or you want to direct the reader to a specific page.

References - entry that appears at the end of your paper.

Information on citing and some examples were drawn from the AGPS manual (6th ed.).

Tips

Citation of government publications in Harvard (AGPS) Style generaly follows the basic principles for books though sometimes it is difficult to identify author or authoring agencies or bodies.

  • Treat a government document as a book, report, or brochure.
  • If a person is named on the title page, use her or him as author
  • If a document has no obvious author, cite the sponsoring agency as the author.
  • If the authoring organisation is also the publisher, it is also convenient to use the author's abbreviated form in the publisher's details.
  • Document prepared by a branch or other division of a government agency - cite the agency as the author and acknowledge the branch or division after the title (In-text only refer to the agency).

Use acronyms or abbreviations

If the name of an authoring organisation, e.g. government agency, is long and cited often in the text, it may be necessary to abbreviate the name in the in-text citation.
The first time an acronym or abbreviated name is used, you must give the full name followed by the acronym in parenthesis.

For example:

 … (Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) 1995)

  Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS, 1995) ….

You may use just the acronyms in subsequent citations.

For example:

(ABS 2014)
(ABS 2014, p.5)

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