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LSBU Harvard Referencing: International Government documents

Best Practice tips

If referencing government publications from multiple countries, include the country in brackets after the department’s name.

For further guidance on referencing online sources, see General guidelines for referencing online resources

Format of the reference

You will need:

  • Name of the government department (country)
  • Year of publication
  • Title of the report
  • Web address
  • Date accessed



Name of government department (Country) (Year of publication) Title of the report. Available from: [Accessed day month year].


Department Health (Australia) (2021) Head to health: Covid-19 support. Available from: [Accessed 3 February 2021].

In-text citation: (Department of Health (Australia), 2021)




LSBU Harvard Referencing Quick Guide