Graduate Certificate in Applied Tax Advisory

A postgraduate degree is your path to a specialised career in tax



The Graduate Certificate in Applied Tax Advisory has been designed to equip you with in–depth knowledge of core tax issues and empower you to provide sought–after professional tax advice. Choose a specialisation in trusts, superannuation, or corporate entities to enhance your expertise.

Perfect for learners at all levels, whether you're a recent accounting or law graduate or an experienced tax and financial specialist, this program caters to your career aspirations. This award program is a flexible postgraduate tax program that gives you applied tax skills. It will develop your tax technical expertise by the use of real–world scenarios to build and meet the skills applicable to your workplace whether you are a tax agent, lawyer, accountant or a tax manager working in the tax profession within the accounting, finance, government and law industries.

This program is accredited by TEQSA (Provider Registration Number: PRV1349  Course ID: CRS1400909)and is recognised in the Australian Qualifications Framework at Level 8. 

You'll learn

  • Key tax compliance requirements of the Australian tax system
  • A deeper understanding of core tax issues such as Capital Gains Tax, trusts and superannuation
  • How to give professional advice, with an in-depth study of areas including corporate tax, GST, Fringe Benefits Tax (FBT) and international tax.
  • Advanced technical skills and knowledge in a speciality of your choice (superannuation, trusts or corporate entities). 
Subjects included

Core subjects – deep dive into foundational knowledge:

Elective options – choose one specialty to drive you career forward:

Progression pathways 

The Graduate Certificate in Applied Tax Advisory gives you many options for progressing your career:

  • Become a Chartered Tax Adviser. You have an option to undertake CTA3 Advisory as your elective in the Graduate Certificate in Applied Tax Advisory enabling you to meet the educational requirements to become a Chartered Tax Adviser.
    Learn more about the Chartered Tax Adviser Program.
  • Commence the Graduate Diploma of Applied Tax Law and use your completed Graduate Certificate as a stepping stone. 
    Learn more about the Graduate Diploma of Applied Tax Law.
  • Apply to become a Tax Agent. The three core subjects within the Graduate Certificate are approved by the Tax Practitioners Board which can assist with your Tax Agent application. 
    Learn more about the Tax Agent Program.

Subjects: 4

Credit Points: 24 

Level: Postgraduate

Cost: $1,885 per subject 

CPD: 30 hours per subject

Delivery: Online 

Study Length: 4 study periods

Education Level: Postgraduate

Study Periods: 3 per year 


Hear from subject convenors and candidates

Don’t take it from us – hear what the experts have to say! Our convenors are tax professionals who excel in their chosen specialty and our candidates are stellar tax professionals growing in their careers.

  • Entry qualification into the Graduate Diploma of Applied Tax Law

  • Meeting eligibility requirements that include an Australian Tax Law qualification for studies at other higher education institutions.

  • Entry qualification into the capstone subject (CTA3 Advisory) in the Chartered Tax Adviser Program while enrolled in this Award and meet the education requirements to become a Chartered Tax Adviser 

  • Meeting the requirements of The Tax Practitioners Board – course in Australian Taxation Law

  • Meeting the education requirements to complete the capstone subject (CTA3 Advisory) of the Chartered Tax Adviser Program and attain the Chartered Tax Advisor (CTA) designation 

  • Professional accounting and commerce graduates requiring a specialised taxation qualification to continue in a specialist tax role

  • Those who are already working in a tax role (with a non-relevant Australian qualification) but who require a relevant Australian qualification to upskill in Australian Taxation.

  • Those who have relevant overseas qualifications and are practicing tax in Australia without an Australian tax qualification can finalise their professional experience and make it current for the Australian landscape

  • Specific employment roles could be a Tax Consultant, Tax Analysist, Tax Manager, Tax Accountant and Tax Lawyer in private and Government organisations 

  • A Subject Convenor - an experienced tax professional who candidates can email with tax-technical questions to help better understand the material presented. 

  • Presenters - who are experts in specific areas of tax and tax law.  

  • A Subject Coordinator - there to assist with any administrative or other non-tax technical queries. 

  • The Tax Institute Higher Education's Learning Management System enables candidates to access all subject materials online in one convenient place.  This includes but is not limited to an online timetable, calendar, forum posts that keep candidates updated on current subject events, orientation information, subject outlines, live and pre-recorded webinars, practice exams, online activities, revision materials, PDF module notes, and additional resources such as online units about searching for and interpreting legislation and case law. 

A Graduate Certificate in Applied Tax Advisory candidate will have

  • A recognised Australian Diploma or Bachelor degree in Business or Commerce or Accounting or Law or Finance (or equivalent) or three years of relevant Australian Tax experience in the preceeding five years and
  • Twelve months of Australian tax or Australian Tax Law experience prior to enrolling in CTA2A Advanced.
  • English language requirements – IELTS 7 (minimum 6.5 in speaking and listening, minimum in 7 in reading and writing or equivalent.

Core Subjects

The subjects required for the Graduate Certificate in Applied Tax Advisory are: 

One of the three elective subjects are required to complete the program: 

Candidates must complete ATL001 CTA1 Foundations, ATL003 CTA2A Advanced and ATL004 CTA2B Advanced before completing one of the elective subjects. 

Distance learning

A flexible learning approach using an online learning platform supported by webinars and email support with a subject matter expert.

Recognition of prior learning (RPL) 

RPL is a process for providing candidates credit for learning or qualifications completed before your enrolment with The Tax Institute Higher Education. 

Applicants generally require a Bachelor’s Degree or equivalent for recognition of prior learning. Recognition for prior learning may be available for up to two subjects in total. It is therefore possible to complete the program in a shorter time frame.

To apply for RPL (fee $165), please complete  the RPL form.  Evidence of your qualifications will need to be provided with this application. 

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Fees are set on a subject by subject basis

Standard ATL subject enrolment fee $1,885. Early bird discount $100.

Standard ATL subject enrolment fee is GST exempt.


Standard CTA3 Advisory subject enrolment fee $2,355. Early bird discount $100.

Standard CTA3 Advisory subject enrolment fee is inclusive of GST.


Standard prices are valid until 11 August 2024.