Course in Commercial Law

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TPB approved course in commercial law

The Tax Institute’s Course in Commercial Law has been designed to develop understanding of the commercial law environment in which the tax agent is constantly engaged, in line with the Tax Practitioners Board (TPB) educational eligibility requirements for registration as a tax agent.

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  • 30 structured CPD hours per subject
  • 1 year course length, part-time
  • Award program

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

Developed to complement our Course in Australian Taxation Law, the Course in Commercial Law includes three (3) subjects that provide an exact match of the TPB’s content, duration and assessment requirements for the commercial law education requirements for tax agent registration.

Strengthen your tax advice services by underpinning your tax skills

Designed to strengthen the skills of all tax professionals, The Tax Institute has delivered a commercial law course because it is no longer possible to undertake the professional responsibilities of a registered tax agent without regular, if not consistent, engagement with Australia’s commercial law environment.

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.

Hear from Dale Pinto, CTA, Professor of Taxation Law at Curtin University, Chair of our Education, Examination and Quality Assurance Board, and board member of the TPB (2009 – 2012) explain why The Tax Institute has developed a Course in Commercial Law.


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  • Meet TPB requirements
    Tick each of the content requirements of the Tax Practitioners Board (TPB) and meet the duration and assessment requirements.
  • Learn the tax fundamentals
    Crucial to gaining an understanding of our legal system to carry out the services required of a tax agent.
  • Convenient to you
    Study only the unit you require through our modular approach and flexible distance-study format.


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

If candidates have previous experience each subject can be enrolled in as a stand alone subject (candidates may choose to complete one subject or all three) to successfully graduate with the Course in Commercial Law qualification.

The subjects include:


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Modes of study
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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
Key study dates
Subject Study Period 1 2015 Study Period 2 2015 Study Period 3 2015
ATL002 CommLaw1
Australian Legal Systems
ATL005 CommLaw2 Entities
and Business Structures
ATL006 CommLaw3 Property

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.
*** ATL005 CommLaw2 Entities and Business Structures not offered in this study period.
**** ATL006 CommLaw3 Property Law not offered in this study period.
**** ATL002 CommLaw1 Australian Legal Systems not offered in this study period.


Who is it for?

The Course in Commercial Law is ideal for:

  • re-registering tax agents seeking a course in commercial law
  • new entrants looking to register as a tax agent
  • applicant members to The Tax Institute who would like a non-accounting pathway to voting membership
  • financial planners.
Entry requirements

To enrol in the Course in Commercial Law, or its individual subjects, candidates are required to hold current membership of The Tax Institute.

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 Commercial Law program form part of the Graduate Diploma of Applied Tax Law.

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

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  • CommLaw1 Australian Legal Systems
  • CommLaw2 Business and Entity Structures
  • CommLaw3 Property Law
Course in Commercial 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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