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Education updates and changes

June 2019

All subjects are now delivered in digital format

In the past two study periods we introduced a series of changes to the way we are delivering our learning programs. We would like to share a summary of some exciting new initiatives we recently implemented or are currently implementing with the aim of helping you to achieve your goals more efficiently and effectively.

  • From Study Period 1 2019 we are teaching our subjects in trimester format which will allow candidates to fully utilise all study periods with broader subject offering.
  • We introduced microlearning, the ‘bite size’ webinars for almost all modules to support all candidates studying in the interactive study modes (face to face and distance).
  • From Study Period 2 2019, the candidates in advanced tax subjects will have the opportunity to refresh their previous knowledge and gradually build on their tax knowledge fundamentals by making the microlearning and relevant pre-requisite module notes subjects available in face to face and distance study modes.
  • To help with accessing specific sections of study materials faster, we’ve uploaded them by module and added hyperlinks to the relevant resources (e.g. legislation and required reading). For those of you who still prefer some printed materials, this will help you in being able to print specific sections, as we have evolved to a completely digital offering.

Thank you for your feedback, as it has helped to shape the initiatives above. We would like to encourage you to continue with your ongoing feedback as we work to evolve our learning programs.

February 2018

All Checkpoint quizzes now due at the end of the Study Period

From Study Period 1 2018, you will no longer have a Checkpoint quiz deadline at the halfway point of the Study Period if you are studying in face-to-face or distance mode.

All Checkpoint quizzes will be due at midnight on the Sunday before exam week. The deadline for Checkpoint quizzes will be the same for all study modes offered by the Institute (face-to-face, distance, intensive and assessment-only).

As in previous Study Periods, you must score at least 50% in each Checkpoint quiz to be eligible to pass the subject.

This change gives you more scope to spread your quiz attempts over a longer period of time (each quiz can be attempted twice) and to revise modules in a sequence that reflects your strengths and weaknesses. We recommend the study technique known as ‘spaced repetition’, where learning takes place through the completion of tasks over a long period of time, with self-correction of errors. This method has been shown to facilitate effective learning and long-term skills acquisition.

February 2018

Change to exam format – discontinuation of reading time

From Study Period 1 2018, the Institute’s exams will no longer include compulsory reading time at their commencement. Candidates will be permitted to write from the beginning of the timed period.

The exam duration for each subject is unchanged – the period where previously only reading was allowed will remain and writing will be allowed. The change allows you to manage your exam time to suit your exam strategy, which is appropriate in an adult-learning environment.

The Institute continues to recommend that best-practice exam technique is to use the beginning of the exam to familiarise yourself with the exam questions and prioritise answering the questions with most potential to answer successfully.

February 2018

New key date for enrolment changes - census

From Study Period 1 2018, the Institute will introduce a new key date for enrolment changes – the census. The census is the last day to transfer an enrolment to another subject or withdraw from a subject and be eligible for a partial refund.

The date of the census for each Study Period of the year is published in the Academic Calendar in the Candidate Handbook.

February 2018

Changes to the Assessment Policy – special consideration eligibility

From Study Period 1 2018, the eligibility criteria for special consideration will narrow to cover only those events that occur in the period directly before the final assessment. Special consideration will be available only where the event that adversely affected the candidate’s study occurred or became known to the candidate within the 72 hours before the final assessment or during the final assessment itself.

As now, applications must be received no more than 72 hours after the final assessment and include evidence to support the application.

Candidates who experience events that affect their study more than 72 hours before an assessment should consider the new option of ‘late deferral’, which the Institute is also offering from Study Period 1 2018.

February 2018

Changes to the Withdrawal and Deferral Policy

New option for late enrolment changes – late deferral

From Study Period 1 2018, the Institute will provide candidates whose study is adversely affected by an illness or other event outside their control with a new option to defer to a later study period.

We understand that candidates can find it stressful to make decisions about their study objectives when unexpected events happen before the final assessment period. The new option, late deferral, allows candidates to defer to a later study period for a concessional fee where:

  • the event that adversely affected the candidate’s study occurred or became known to the candidate during the two weeks before the final assessment, and

  • the candidate chooses not to sit the final assessment.

Applications for late deferral must be lodged no more than 72 hours after the final assessment.

Late deferral is similar to special consideration: the categories of eligible events are similar (medical, compassionate, hardship or trauma) and applications must be supported by evidence.

Reduced period for take-up of deferred enrolments

From Study Period 1 2018, the period allowable to exercise a deferred enrolment will reduce from 12 months to two study periods. For example, an enrolment deferred in Study Period 1 must be commenced no later than Study Period 3 of the same year.

If the deferred subject is not offered within this time period, you must enrol in the next available delivery of that subject.

Deferred enrolments not exercised within the required time period will be forfeited.

February 2018

Printed results notifications to be sent only to passing candidates

From Study Period 1 2018, we will no longer supply printed results notifications to candidates who do not pass a subject, as candidates do not generally need to show proof of these results to third parties. Candidates who are required to notify results to a sponsoring employer should nominate that employer to receive results electronically when enrolling in each subject.

February 2018

Graduate Diploma candidates – leave from study and inactive candidature

From Study Period 1 2018, candidates for the Graduate Diploma of Applied Tax Law will be allowed no more than three consecutive study periods without enrolling in and completing a subject. After three consecutive study periods without completing a subject, candidates must enrol in a subject in the next available study period or apply for leave from study.

Candidates applying for leave from study should complete the Application for Leave from Study, Extension of Candidature or Discontinuation form.

If a candidate takes no action after three consecutive study periods without completing a subject, their candidature may be deemed ‘inactive’ and reported to The Tax Institute’s academic board, EQAB, for consideration. EQAB may then set conditions for continued candidature or exclude the inactive candidate from the course.

Applications for leave from study are assessed by EQAB, which will take into account the reasons for the request and the candidate’s prior academic progress. Leave from study will not normally be granted for more than one year.

February 2018

Graduate Diploma candidates – changes to conditions for the release of results and conferral of the award

As an accredited higher education provider, The Tax Institute is required under Australian law to collect certain information about its candidates enrolled in higher education awards for reporting to the Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency (TEQSA). The Tax Institute collects and updates this information periodically using questionnaires and surveys, such as the Graduate Outcomes Survey.

Providing this information is a condition of enrolment in the Graduate Diploma of Applied Tax Law to enable the Institute to comply with its statutory reporting obligations. This data is collected in accordance with the Institute’s Privacy Policy, which you can access here.

In 2018, The Tax Institute will require that this information be provided and may withhold the results of any candidate that has not responded to a request for information during the study period.

February 2018

Change to recognition of study with The Tax Institute prior to 2015 (advanced standing) towards the Graduate Diploma of Applied Tax Law

Since the launch of the Graduate Diploma of Applied Tax Law in 2015, Graduate Diploma candidates have been eligible to receive credit for completion of the Institute’s previous non-award versions of the CTA and commercial law subjects under the rules for advanced standing.

Under the transitional rules for recognition of prior learning put in place at the launch of the Graduate Diploma of Applied Tax Law in 2014, advanced standing was allowed for equivalent prior study with the Institute from the beginning of the Structured Education program in 2006.

From Study Period 1 2018, an applicant’s prior learning must be current for advanced standing or an exemption to be approved. Learning will be current where the subject was completed for recognition towards the Graduate Diploma of Applied Tax Law, during the ten calendar years preceding the year of admission to the award.