Graduate Certificate in Applied Tax Law

Shape your future career with your first qualification in Australian tax



Looking to enter the Australian tax profession without prior experience but hold an equivalent  qualification to an Australian Bachelor's Degree or Diploma? If you work in tax or want to work in tax this is the program for you.

This program can help you advance your career in taxation by equipping you with a working knowledge of key tax compliance requirements in the Australian tax system and a comprehensive understanding of Australian commercial law from a taxation perspective.

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

If you want help enrolling into the Graduate Certificate in Applied Tax Law, please call one of our friendly student advisers on 1300 829 338.

You'll learn
  • Working knowledge of key tax compliance requirements of the Australian tax system 
  • Ethics and responsibilities expected of a tax professional
  • Detailed knowledge of the commercial law aspects for tax professionals


Subjects included

The four subjects you’ll study in the Graduate Certificate in Applied Tax Law are designed to give you a strong foundational knowledge of tax and tax law, then build on your knowledge of how the tax system intersects with our legal system.

Subjects are:

Progression pathways

The Graduate Certificate in Applied Tax Law is a perfect starting point to launch into a tax career. Your options for further study or forging your ideal career include:

  • Graduate with the Graduate Certificate in Applied Tax Law qualification.
  • Go on to study a Graduate Diploma of Applied Tax Law once you have gained twelve months of Australian professional tax experience.
  • Use your completed Graduate Certificate as a stepping stone to enter our Tax Agent Program. All four subjects within the Graduate Certificate are approved by the Tax Practitioners Board which can assist with your Tax Agent application. You will need to complete just two more subjects to qualify to become a Tax Agent.*

*Please refer to the Tax Practitioners Board website for specific registration requirements. 


Subjects: 4

Credit Points: 24 

Level: Postgraduate

Cost: $1,885 per subject 

CPD: 30 hours per subject

Delivery: Online 

Study Length: 1-2 years part-time

Education Level: Postgraduate

Study Periods: 3 per year 


Hear from subject convenors

Hear it from the people who know best. Our subject convenors have extensive experience in Australian tax law.

We welcome people working in the Australian tax industry with non-student visa status.


A Graduate Certificate in Applied Tax Law candidate will:

  1. Hold an Australian diploma or bachelor degree (or equivalent qualification)
  2. Candidates who do not meet the academic admission requirement, but have three years of relevant tax experience gained within the last five years can also be admitted on the basis of their professional experience
  3. Meet minimum English language requirements

Candidates must provide the following documents to confirm their enrolment:

  1. Testamur and Transcript of their Australian degree or diploma listing all subjects completed
  2. Candidates applying on the basis of their professional experience (who do not meet the qualification requirements) must provide a current CV demonstrating Australian tax and/or Australian tax law experience
  3. If the language of instruction from the highest qualification completed was not in English, an English proficiency score showing an equivalent to an overall Academic IELTS of 7 with a minimum of 6.5 in the speaking and listening bands and a minimum of 7 in the reading and writing) or equivalent that was completed within 2 years of your commencement date
  4. Completion of the mandatory higher education data collection which is sent to you after application

Core Subjects

The core subjects that make up the compulsory program are:

It is recommended that candidates complete ATL001 CTA1 Foundations and ATL002 CommLaw1 Australian Legal System before completing ATL005 CommLaw2 Entities and Business and ATL006 CommLaw3 Property Law.

The CTA1 Foundations and CommLaw1 Australian Legal System will give the candidate knowledge of Australian Tax Law and the Australian Legal System which will be useful context for the remaining two subjects.


Distance learning

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

The types of professionals that the Graduate Certificate in Applied Tax Law is suitable for include:

  • Those who are currently working in adjacent professions, that wish to enter the Australian tax profession and require an Australian qualification
  • Those who are already working in a tax role (with a non-relevant Australian qualification) and require a relevant Australian qualification to upskill in Australian Taxation Law
  • Those who have relevant overseas qualifications and are practicing tax in Australia without an Australian qualification. This certificate will  formalise their professional experience and bring their existing knowledge up to date for the Australian landscape
  • Those who wish to gain recognition from and registration with The Tax Practitioners Board – CTA1 Foundations is an approved introductory tax subject and CommLaw1, CommLaw2 and CommLaw3 are recognised together as a course in commercial law

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.

Assessment only subject enrolment fee $1,170.


Standard prices are valid until 11 August 2024.