Guide: How to cite a Government publication in Harvard - The University of Melbourne style

Guide: How to cite a Government publication in Harvard - The University of Melbourne style

Cite A Government publication in Harvard - The University of Melbourne style

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Use the following template to cite a government publication using the Harvard - The University of Melbourne citation style. For help with other source types, like books, PDFs, or websites, check out our other guides. To have your reference list or bibliography automatically made for you, try our free citation generator.


Pink text = information that you will need to find from the source.
Black text = text required by the Harvard - The University of Melbourne style.

Reference list

Place this part in your bibliography or reference list at the end of your assignment.


Author Surname, A Year Published, Title, Publisher, City.


Edwards, T 2009, Sustainable Development Briefing Paper No 4/09, Parliament of New South Wales.

In-text citation

Place this part right after the quote or reference to the source in your assignment.


(Author Surname Year Published)


-	Meeting the basic needs of all for food, clothing, shelter and jobs
-	The promotion of living standards that are ecologically possible (as opposed to living beyond the world’s means, for instance in our patterns of energy use) 
-	Increasing productive potential and ensuring equitable opportunities for all 
-	Demographic developments that are in harmony with the productive potential of the ecosystem 
-	Avoiding overexploiting resources that would prevent a society meeting its needs in the future, and recognising that while technological developments may solve some immediate problems they can lead to even greater ones 
-	That the natural systems that support life on Earth: the atmosphere, the waters, the soils, and living organisms are not endangered. It requires that the adverse impacts on the quality of air, water, and other natural elements are minimized so as to sustain the ecosystem's overall integrity 
-	Recognition of the limits in terms of population or resource use beyond which lies ecological disaster, and requires that long before these are reached, the world must ensure equitable access to the constrained resource and reorient technological efforts to relieve the pressure 
-	That renewable resources like forests and fish stocks should not be depleted and non-renewable resources such as fossil fuels and minerals should be used to ensure that the resource does not run out before acceptable substitutes are available. Species, once extinct, are not renewable. The loss of plant and animal species can greatly limit the options of future generations; so sustainable development requires the conservation of plant and animal species. (Edwards 2009)

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