Course in Australian Taxation Law

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TPB approved course in Australian tax law

The Tax Institute’s Course in Australian Taxation Law is ideal for anyone who is looking to meet the education requirements of the Tax Practitioners Board (TPB) to register as a tax agent, and provides you with a detailed understanding of the concepts and practical applications of tax law in Australia.

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1300 TAX EDU (1300 829 338)

  • 30 structured CPD hours per subject
  • 1 year course length, part-time
  • Award program
  • Membership pathway to become a Fellow

Get the knowledge you need to deliver the requirements of a tax agent

The Course in Australian Taxation Law is sought after by entrants to the profession (and country) who wish to practise in the areas of accounting, tax law and financial management as it provides the knowledge to deal with common compliance issues, and skills to keep pace with the changing tax landscape.

Designed for profession generalists and specialists alike

The Course in Australian Taxation Law is the first education program The Tax Institute launched, and is popular with both individuals who need knowledge across multiple tax areas, and established tax professionals who are looking for an excellent refresher and a way to broaden their tax topic skill set.

Learn tax with The Tax Institute

The Tax Institute has over 70 years’ experience as Australia’s leading educator and professional association in tax. We exist to enhance the credentials of tax professionals through training and education, knowledge products, and our internationally respected CTA designation.

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  • TPB tick
    Approved by the Tax Practitioners Board (TPB) as a suitable course in Australian tax law for registering as a tax agent.
  • Convenient
    Delivered in multiple formats, including face-to-face, distance, intensive and assessment-only to fit in with your busy work schedules.
  • Career progression
    Focuses on the real-world skills and knowledge you need to progress and become an asset to your firm.


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The Course in Australian Taxation Law consists of three (3) subjects.

If candidates have previous experience, or equivalent qualifications, they are eligible to progress directly to the CTA2 Advanced subject to successfully graduate with the Course in Australian Taxation Law qualification.

The subjects include:


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Modes of study
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Face-to-face study

Face-to-face study allows candidates to attend lectures in CBD venues in mainland capital cities, and some regional locations, subject to minimum numbers. Contact your state office if you are interested in this study format.

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Distance study

Distance study utilises group web/teleconference tutorials and provides candidates with comprehensive electronic resources, and increased communication with the Subject Convenor and Tutorial Leader.

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Assessment-only allows candidates to accelerate their studies by progressing directly to the assessment for the subject based on prior study, qualifications and experience.

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More information
Who is it for?

The Course in Australian Taxation Law is ideal for:

  • re-registering tax agents seeking a course in Australian taxation law
  • new entrants looking to register as a tax agent.
Entry requirements

CTA1 Foundations

To enrol in the full Course in Australian Taxation Law, from CTA1 Foundations, no enforced prerequisites are required for candidates.

CTA2A and CTA2B Advanced

To enrol in the CTA2 Advanced subject candidates are required to have:

  • current membership of The Tax Institute; and
  • successfully passed The Tax Institute’s CTA1 Foundations assessment; or
  • have successfully passed an undergraduate tax subject from an accredited education provider in the last 12 months as supported by a transcript or qualification certificate.
Recognition and exemptions

For further information please contact one of our education advisers on 1300 TAX EDU (1300 829 338) or email

English language requirements

The English language proficiency requirements for admission to the Graduate Diploma in Applied Tax Law are detailed on the application form ( As the language of tax law is highly nuanced and relies on knowledge of English language reading and writing scores at a minimum score required:

  • International English Language Testing System (IELTS) 7 rating (minimum 6.5 in speaking and listening; minimum 7 in reading and writing), or
  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) 94 (minimum 76 in speaking and listening; minimum 94 in reading and writing), or
  • six years of high school study with the language of instruction in English (see

If you do not meet the English language entry requirements you should contact the Education Division on 1300 TAX EDU (829 338) to discuss your enrolment options.

For further information about the support provided by the Institute for students who do not meet the language entry requirements or otherwise require language support, read the Policy 5 at on Reasonable adjustment, special consideration and support for students at risk.

Learning outcomes

Visit the subject level learning requirments for more information:


Individual subjects of the Course in Australian Taxation Law program form part of:

For further information please contact one of our education advisers on 1300 TAX EDU (1300 829 338) or email

Key study dates
Subject Study Period 1
Study Period 2
Study Period 3
ATL001 CTA1 Foundations
ATL003 CTA2A Advanced
ATL004 CTA2B Advanced

2015 Study Period 1 Study Period 2 Study Period 3
Early Bird Enrolment 11 February 2015 17 June 2015 21 October 2015
Regular Enrolment 25 February 2015 01 July 2015 04 November 2015
Commencement, the week beginning ** 02 March 2015 06 July 2015 09 November 2015
Exam, the week beginning 01 June 2015 05 October 2015 22 February 2016

** The commencement week is when candidates will receive correspondence from the course coordinator and access to the online learning system. This is when we recommend candidates

commence their readings in preparation for the first lecture or webconference tutorial.
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  • CTA1 Foundations
  • CTA2A Advanced
  • CTA2B Advanced
Course in Australian Taxation Law
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Non-refundable membership fee (incl GST) for non-members on enrolment. It is a requirement of enrolment that all candidates are members of The Tax Institute. This membership is designed to assist with learning and provide access to additional support throughout your studies. Your membership will expire 30th June the following financial year at which time you will be prompted to obtain full membership. 

Subjects accredited within the Graduate Diploma do not attract GST.


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