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A Course in Commercial Law

A commercial law course to underpin your tax skills

Course in Commercial Law

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Course overview

Approved by the Tax Practitioners Board (TPB) as a suitable course in commercial law, the program consists of three stand-alone units:

Designed to meet TPB requirements

The course units have been designed to develop understanding of the commercial law environment in which the registered tax agent is engaged, in line with the Tax Practitioners Board (TPB) educational eligibility requirements for registration as a tax agent.

Underpin 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.

Why choose the Course in Commercial Law?

  • Provides an exact match of the TPB’s content, duration and assessment requirements.
  • Gain an understanding of our legal system to carry out the services required of a tax agent.
  • Study only the unit you require through our modular approach and flexible distance-study format.

Why are we delivering a commercial law course?

In the video below, 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) explains why The Tax Institute has developed a Course in Commercial Law.

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Course snapshot

Start date

CommLaw1 key dates

CommLaw2 key dates

CommLaw3 key dates


Distance study supported with web/teleconference tutorials.

Note: each course unit is offered as a stand-alone course.


12 – 14 weeks (100-130 hours)


8 – 10 hours per week

Awarding authority

The Tax Institute


A Course in Commercial Law is approved by the Tax Practitioners Board (TPB) as a suitable course in commercial law to meet the education requirements for registering as a tax agent.

Each course unit equates to 30 hours of structured CPD.

Entry requirements

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

Candidates can elect to enrol in any of the three course units. Each course unit is designed as a stand-alone course. Therefore, there are no requirements to undertake all three units or enrol in any particular order.

Technology requirements: all course units are administered and supported by resources available through the internet. A condition of enrolment is to have access to the internet and to have an active email account.

Note: some resources may not be accessible from Macintosh computers.

Course fees¹

Early bird enrolment:

  • Member (fee per course unit): $1,020
  • New member (fee per course unit): $1,220

Late enrolment:

  • Member (fee per course unit): $1,100
  • New member (fee per course unit): $1,300

Assessment only²:

  • Member (fee per course unit): $550
  • Non-member (fee per course unit): $600

Membership pathway

Upon successful completion of all three course units, candidates will be eligible for voting membership of The Tax Institute.

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To contact our Education Division, submit a course enquiry,
call +61 2 8223 0038 or email to discuss your personal education requirements.

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¹The fees are quoted in AUD and are exclusive of GST. All fees are subject to change without notice.

²Assessment only allows candidates to accelerate their studies by progressing directly to the assessment for the course if they have prior study, qualifications and experience. The exam has a weighting of 100% with a required 50% or higher pass mark. A past examination paper is issued for assessment preparation. No study materials will be provided.

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