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What counts towards your word limit in an assignment isn't actually an aspect of the style, but rather an expectation from your College.
For publication purposes, the current APA manual states that all of the words in your document - including the reference list, all tables and figures, and appendices - count towards your word count unless otherwise stated by the publisher (previous editions didn't mention word limits at all, but left that up to the publishers' advice to authors). Generally speaking, assignments at JCU only require everything between the title of your assignment and the reference list. Your lecturer may specify something else, in which case you should follow the instructions given in your subject outline.
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