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APA 7 Referencing

Act, Statute, Legislation



  • The examples below are for online access.
  • No italics are used in this reference type.
  • Capital letters are used throughout the title of the Act
  • Acts are divided into:


  • Subdivisions in schedules are clauses (cl or cls).
  • There is no need to include the date of the version as it is assumed to be the latest version.
  • Only add the country if this is needed by the context.  Most of the time, this will not be necessary


Example 1:

(Health and Safety at Work Act 2015).

Health and Safety at Work Act 2015, s 3.   


Note: The above reference refers to Section 3 of the Act.


Example 2:

(Privacy Act 2020).

Privacy Act 2020,  s 6, sub 117.


Note: The above reference refers to Section 6, Subsection 117 of the Act.


Example 3:

(Health Practitioners Competence Assurance Act 2003).

Health Practitioners Competence Assurance Act 2003, sch 1, cl 4.       


Note: The above reference refers to Schedule 1, clause 4 of the Act.  

(The Bluebook, 12.29).

Legislative Instruments (Statutory Regulations)


(Building Practitioners (Licensing Fees and Levy) Regulations 2010).

Building Practitioners (Licensing Fees and Levy) Regulations 2010, reg  4(2).    



(The Bluebook, 12.29)

Local Bylaws


(Palmerston North Alcohol Control Bylaw 2015).

Palmerston North Alcohol Control Bylaw 2015.


Legislative Codes

Legislative Codes are treated in a similar manner to an Act

  • There is no author
  • Even when hosted on a government website, there is no author e.g. when hosted on the Health and Disability Commissioner website, the HDC is not the author.
  • The date is part of the title
  • Italics are not used anywhere in the reference


(Health and Disability Commissioner (Code of Health and Disability Services Consumers' Rights) Regulations 1996).

Health and Disability Commissioner (Code of Health and Disability Services Consumers' Rights) Regulations 1996.



(Standards New Zealand
, 2000).

Standards New Zealand. (2000). Accoustics: Construction noise (NZS 6803:1999).  

Note:  New Zealand Standards are not included in the APA manual, so New Zealand Universities and Polytechnics have decided to treat them as shown above.

Organisational Policies


(Capital & Coast District Health Board, 2018).

Capital & Coast District Health Board. (2018). Intramuscular injection in adults (Guideline Document No. 1.710,

            Version 4).


Professional Code of Practice or Conduct or Ethics

Note:  These Codes are not legislation and therefore are treated the same as a website.



(Nursing Council of New Zealand, 2012).

Nursing Council of New Zealand. (2012). Code of conduct for nurses. 



(APA Manual, 2020, p.330)




(Treaty of Waitangi, 1840).

Treaty of Waitangi Between the Crown of The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland and the Native Chiefs and Tribes of                      New Zealand (1840) (signed 6 February 1840, entered into force 21 May 1840), art 2.           

Note 1 : The above reference refers to Article 2 of the Treaty. 

Note 2 :This format is only used when you are referencing the actual words of the Treaty.

Note 3 : Before the url, enter the article to which you referred in your text.

Note 4 : If you are using  the Treaty as referred to in a book, reference the book rather than the Treaty.

(The Bluebook 12-29).