Answered By: Lydia Dawe
Last Updated: Mar 28, 2018     Views: 51

It can be difficult to determine authors with government documents - individual authors are rarely named, and often the document is a result of a group effort.

Generally, the author is named either on the title or first few pages of the document. Mostly likely the author will be an organisation or "corporate" author - such as a department, committee, or taskforce - unless specific individuals are listed. Include the name in full, e.g. Department of Social Services, however you do not need to add "Government of Australia" or "Commonwealth of Australia" to the author name.

You may add the parent organisation information if the group author(s) are not well known, and to provide context, listing the bigger department first, e.g. WA Department of Health, Western Australia Breast Cancer Registry.

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