CTA2A Advanced

Graduate from The Tax Institute’s CTA2A Advanced

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Advance your understanding of core tax law

Take your skills to the next level. CTA2A Advanced gives you a deeper understanding of core tax issues such as Capital Gains Tax, trusts and superannuation. It also addresses the obligations of a tax professional under TASA 2009 and the Code of Professional Conduct.


It’s time to build your expertise around core areas of tax. You already know the basics, but CTA2A Advanced will build your understanding to help you apply and evaluate outcomes and solutions for client scenarios.

Take a deeper dive into tax administration, CGT fundamentals, small business CGT concessions, partnerships, trusts and superannuation.

This subject also explores the ethics and professional responsibilities of a tax professional in dealing with clients, government agencies, and business and legal institutions.

1300 TAX EDU
(1300 829 338)

6 credit points
30 CPD hours
face-to-face or distance
13 weeks
3 study periods


Core subject in the Graduate Diploma of Applied Tax Law


Attain the prestigious Chartered Tax Adviser (CTA) designation


Recognised by both CA and CPA Programs


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  • “Completion of Graduate Diploma of Applied Tax Law has provided me with skills and up to date knowledge beneficial to my return to tax accounting.”

    Margaret Hill, Tax Accountant, Collier Tax & Accounting
  • "If you’re serious about tax, I’d strongly encourage you to do the CTA2."

    Jay Smith, Consultant, Latitude Business Solutions
  • "The CTA1 balances technical material and practical application, bridging academia with the practice of tax law."

    Rachel Vijayaraj, ATI, Associate, Brown Wright Stein Lawyers
  • “The Tax Institute provides you with skills to succeed in the workforce.”

    Angel Zhang, Graduate Tax Accountant, Grant Thornton
  • “The issues which candidates are exposed to are delivered in a straightforward way and mirror real life issues which candidates will face on a day to day basis.”

    Patrick Catena, FTI, Accountant, CTA2A lecturer
  • “The weekly webinars and on line study format made it possible to combine the course work and full time work.”

    Wendy Miller, FTI, Special Counsel, Damien Greer
  • “The Tax Institute program is flexible and features industry-specific information relative to the needs of accountants and tax professionals.”

    Natalie Moore, , WMS Chartered Accountants
  • "The CTA2 demonstrates a keen interest in tax and that’s what employers look for."

    Tony Underhill, CTA, Principal - Tax, Grant Thornton Australia
  • "I took a career break to care for my children. On return, the CTA2 equipped me to work at my previous level as a CA."

    Caroline Mate, CTA, Client Manager, Manser Tierney & Johnston
  • “[The Tax Institute] teaches not only theory, but also emphasises application, in contexts encountered by practitioners on a day-to-day basis.”

    Nicholas Trotter, FTI, Consultant, Griffith Hack
Learning outcomes

ATL003 CTA2A Advanced provides you with the skills to apply and evaluate outcomes and solutions on complex tax compliance affairs, and planning issues that are required to move into management roles.

Who is this for?

  • associate lawyer
  • certified financial planner
  • corporate tax accountant
  • lecturer or tutor
  • registration requirements for a tax agent licence
  • tax manager.

Entry requirements

  • 1. hold current membership of The Tax Institute1
  • 2. have completed ATL001 CTA1 Foundations or an equivalent qualification from The Tax Institute’s accredited education provider register
  • 3. meet English language requirements if the language of instruction for your 6 years of high school qualifications was not English.
  • 4. have at least 12 months’ relevant Australian tax or tax law experience

1. [A discounted membership is available at the time of enrolment for all new members. Membership fees attract GST. Membership will expire on 30 June. Find out more about membership benefits and resources]

Learning outcomes

On completion of ATL003 CTA2A Advanced you will be able to, but not limited to, comprehend fundamental discipline knowledge and its theoretical underpinnings and apply and evaluate outcomes and solutions for fundamental client scenarios while applying the ethics, responsibilities and duties of a tax professional.

Subject structure


  • ethics, TASA 2009 and the Code of Professional Conduct
  • tax Administration
  • capital gains tax (CGT) fundamentals
  • small business CGT concessions
  • partnerships
  • trusts
  • superannuation

Modes of study

Face-to-face study

Face-to-face study allows candidates to attend lectures once a fortnight at CBD venues in mainland capital cities, and some regional locations (subject to minimum numbers).

Distance study

Distance study utilises group web/teleconference tutorials every 2-3 weeks.

Assessment-only study

Assessment-only study allows candidates to accelerate their studies by progressing directly to the assessments for the subject based on prior study, qualifications and experience. Candidates will only receive access to past exam papers and online checkpoint tests prior to the exam.

Enrolment inclusions

Resources made available to a candidate (excluding assessment-only study) are:

  • access to an online learning portal
  • study materials (soft copy)
  • access to CCH recommended readings
  • recorded webinars
  • online checkpoint tests
  • past exam papers (where applicable)
  • email access to the subject convenor for technical questions
  • assessment preparation resources
  • research skills webinar
  • support from trained subject coordinators.

Assessment structure

Assessment taskPass markWeighting
Online checkpoint tests 50% 40%
Exam 50% 60%

Please note that all assessment tasks must be passed in order to complete the subject.


Tax profession and employer

The Tax Institute is a not-for profit membership-based organisation which has been supporting and educating the tax profession for over 70 years. With over 12,000 members ranging from graduates to tax experts in the Big 4, mid-tier and SME firms, The Tax Institute is known as Australia’s leading educator and professional association in tax.

All subjects are designed and delivered by leaders in the tax field, providing candidates with flexible and applicable knowledge which can be used immediately in the workforce. As a higher education provider, our subjects hold recognition with other learning institutes, the Tax Practitioners Board, and other accounting and international bodies.

Recognition of prior learning (RPL)

RPL is a process for providing candidates credit for prior learning gained from The Tax Institute’s accredited education provider register. To apply for RPL, please complete the RPL form.

If you believe that your subject is the equivalent of one of The Tax Institute’s subjects, but it is not on the register list, please contact the Education Adviser team for further information about your RPL application.

Advanced standing

Advanced standing is a process of transferring credits from subjects you have previously completed with The Tax Institute. To apply for advanced standing, please complete the advanced standing form.

Your tax professional instructor
Brian Richards, CTA, Subject convenor

Brian Richards, CTA, Subject convenor

Brian has specialised in providing taxation advices to accountants and lawyer on a broad range of taxation issues for approximately 40 years. His particular taxation specialty areas include business restructuring, intellectual property transactions, CGT issues, tax planning and taxation administration matters.Brian provides taxation training for accounting and law firms and is a regular speaker at Tax Institute conferences.

Key study dates
Subject Study period 1 Study period 2 Study period 3
ATL003 CTA2A Advanced

Call us at 1300 TAX EDU (1300 829 338) or email us.

ATL003 CTA2A Advanced1
New member fee2 $300
Subject fee3 $1,650

View our structured education policies

1. [Prices are per subject.]
2.[To enrol in an education subject it is a requirement to become a member of The Tax Institute. All new members will receive Affiliate membership valued at $454.00 upon enrolment (Fellow membership required for CTA3 Advisory) until June 30 in the subsequent calendar year. You are also eligible to upgrade to voting membership valued at $649.00 for no additional cost if you meet the required membership eligibility criteria. Attracts GST, price quoted is GST inclusive.]
3. [Subjects accredited within the Graduate Diploma do not attract GST.]