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AGLC Referencing Guide: Introduction

This guide provides basic information about formatting footnotes and bibliographies with the Australian Guide to Legal Citation (3rd edition).

Important: new edition of AGLC now available

The fourth edition of the Australian Guide to Legal Citation was published in late 2018. The information in this guide is based on the previous, 3rd edition, an updated version reflecting AGLC4 is under construction. Check which version of the guide you need to use with your course coordinator, and always consult the full guide when writing your references. An alternative guide to AGLC4 is available from UWA:

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This guide is based on the AGLC guide developed by UWA. We would like to thank our colleagues for allowing us to use and adapt their material.

The Australian Guide to Legal Citation

The Australian Guide to Legal Citation is a referencing style for legal citations that consists of:

  1. Citations in the body of the page, using a superscript (raised) number
  2. A list of footnotes at the bottom (foot) of each page, for all citations on that page
  3. Possibly a bibliography (ask your tutor or lecturer). If a bibliography is required it should be provided at the end of the paper and give details of each source mentioned in the text, as well as details of other sources consulted in preparing the paper

 Important! What to do if your source doesn’t match any the available templates:

See page xiii of the guide: “when there is no rule for a particular source in the AGLC, users should attempt to adapt the closest fitting rule”. In other words, find the reference type that most closely matches your source and adapt it according to the general AGLC rules. 


This guide is NOT exhaustive. It simply lists examples for a few common reference types, focusing on Australian materials. Need more? Consult the full AGLC (3rd edition) manual online. 

The importance of citing legal sources

Referencing or citing your sources is an important part of academic writing. It lets you:

  • acknowledge the ideas or words of others if you use them in your work
  • demonstrate that you've read relevant literature
  • provide authority for your arguments
  • avoid plagiarism

The University of Tasmania Faculty of Law requires students to use the Australian Guide to Legal Citation for formatting references.


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