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2.5 Types of references: government reports

These are reports published by state and federal as well as international governments, parliamentary departments and statutory bodies as well as reports by Royal Commissions.

A government report is a formal report authored by a government body, department or agency and is usually tabled in parliament. The main types of Government Reports are Parliamentary Reports, Reports of Government Departments and Reports of Government Agencies.

As government reports are complex, the library has produced several guides to assist you:

Go to a separate online tutorial on Finding government reports as well as the subject guide Government documents Australia which has a comprehensive section on Finding Australian government reports.

Here is an example of a reference to a government report:

Australia Joint Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade. Human Rights Sub-Committee, issuing body. Trading lives: modern day human trafficking: inquiry of the Human Rights Sub-Committee. Canberra: Parliament of the Commonwealth of Australia, 2013.

  • Organisation responsible for the report (also known as the author): Australia. Joint Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade. Human Rights Sub-Committee, issuing body.
  • Title of the report: Trading lives: modern day human trafficking: inquiry of the Human Rights Sub-Committee.
  • Place of publication: Canberra
  • Publisher of report: Parliament of the Commonwealth of Australia
  • Date of publication: 2013

Quick check:

Look up the title in the Catalogue and find the call number and location of this report.