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Foundations for Professional Health Practice: Find reports

What is a government report?

A Government report is a formal document authored by a panel of experts in the field. The main types of government reports are:

  • Parliamentary reports
  • Government department reports and
  • Government agency reports

How do I reference a report?

There are two reference types in the APA 6th referencing guide for reports:

Finding government reports

This tutorial from the University of Sydney provides an excellent introduction to finding government reports.

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Finding government reports on the web

Government departments are now mainly publishing their reports online. Go to the Government department or agency website to search for reports.

How do I know if it is a government report?

These questions can indicate if a publication is a government report:

  1. Is it authored by a government body, department or agency?
  2. Is there a government logo on the report?
  3. Is it referred to as a report? (e.g. in the title, foreword/introduction)

 Source: Australian Institute of Health and Welfare. (2014). Hospitalised injury in older Australians, 2011–12  (INJCAT 166).  Retrieved from