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The Graduate Diploma of Applied Tax Law provides individuals of all levels - from recent graduates to experienced tax and financial specialists - with the expertise to provide superior professional tax advice, and undertake highly-skilled tax work across a range of contexts.

The Australian tax system is evolving on an unprecedented scale. Issues such as disruptive technology, borderless trade, and a more informed public will challenge tax professionals more than ever.

The tax professional of today needs new, up-to-date, evolving skills to deal with the ever-changing landscape.

You’ll learn:

  • How to provide clear and well-reasoned tax advice
  • How to translate complex tax and legal concepts, and their implications
  • How to apply analytical skills and in-depth knowledge of tax law.

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  • Entry requirements and learning outcomes
  • Subjects and study modes
  • Recognition
  • Your tax professional instructors
  • Timetable
  • Fees
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Subjects: 6
Credit points: 36
CPD: 30 hours per subject
Cost: $1,690 per subject
Delivery: Face-to-face or distance
Study Length: 1-2 years part-time
Level: Postgraduate
Study Periods: 3 per year

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Pathway to prestigious Chartered Tax Adviser (CTA) designation


Gain skills that are directly applicable to the workplace


Available as single subjects to fill specific knowledge gaps

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"[The Tax Institute] balances technical material and practical application, bridging academia with the practice of tax law."

Rachel Vijayaraj, ATI, Brown Wright Stein Lawyers

"The weekly webinars and on line study format made it possible to combine the course work and full time work."

Wendy Miller, FTI, Damien Greer

“Studying with The Tax Institute gave me the confidence to understand and tackle detailed taxation issues.”

Mathew Coombes, CTA, Borough Australia Pty Ltd

“What I learnt I was actually applying every day to my work with my clients and the notes I received are now my tax bible.”

Lauren Whelan, HLB Mann Judd

“The topic areas covered provided me with technical knowledge on areas of tax which I could apply to real life situations.”

Geoff Tierney, CTA, ESV Chartered Accountants

“The fact that active and highly experienced practitioners are teaching the course content has been invaluable to me.”

Erin Shields, Dixon Advisory


Entry requirements and learning outcomes

The Graduate Diploma of Applied Tax Law has been designed to meet this changing need for the tax profession. The program combines advanced technical and practical skills with high-level academic governance. It will enable graduates to establish a competitive edge in their careers and prepare them for the changes of tomorrow.

Who is this for?

The Graduate Diploma of Applied Tax Law is ideal for recent graduates who wish to advance their technical and practical skills in Australian tax law.

Entry requirements

  • 1. hold current membership of The Tax Institute1
  • 2. hold an Australian degree or diploma in:
    • a. accounting; or
    • b. commerce; or
    • c. finance; or
    • d. law; with
    • e. tax or commercial law subjects
  • 3. meet English language requirements if the language of instruction for your 6 years of high school qualifications was not English.

There are alternative entry methods to the Graduate Diploma of Applied Tax Law which include:

  • 1. Demonstrating at least 3 years relevant Australian tax or tax law experience; OR
  • 2. Enrolling in the ATL001 CTA1 Foundations and ATL002 CommLaw1 Australian Legal Systems as standalone subjects; OR
  • 3. Electing to sit the assessments of ATL001 CTA1 Foundations or ATL002 CommLaw1 Australian Legal Systems2.


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]
2. [This option is not available to those who require (but do not have) an IELTs/TOEFL score]

Subjects and study modes


Core subjects

These core subjects make up the compulsory program learnings:

Elective subjects

Three of the six elective subjects are required to complete the program:

Modes of study

Face-to-face study

Face-to-face study allows candidates to attend lectures once every 2 or 3 weeks 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.

Intensive study1

The intensive study format is typically held over a reduced 6 week period through Distance study. Candidates receive all the regular resources and access to pre-recorded webinar/teleconference tutorials.

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

Resources2 made available to a candidate (excluding assessment-only study) are:

  • access to an online learning portal
  • study materials
  • additional resources from the subject sponsors, such as Wolters Kluwer CCH and Thomson Reuters
  • recorded webinars
  • online checkpoint tests
  • past exam papers (where applicable)
  • email access to a subject convenor for technical questions
  • assessment preparation resources
  • research skills webinar
  • support from trained subject coordinators

1.[Intensive only available for ATL001 CTA1 Foundations] 2.[Please refer to individual subjects for their inclusions.]


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. 1

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.

1. [Please note from 1 February 2016, all RPL applications will incur a fee per application.]

Your tax professional instructors

Emerging Tax Star Sarah Goodman Awards 2015

Harry Rigney, CTA, Subject convenor

Harry has specialised since 1981 in taxation research, advising and the implementation of taxation solutions. He holds a Diploma in Education from the University of Adelaide, First Honours Law degree from University of Tasmania and degree of Master of Laws from Harvard Law School. Harry has been a registered tax agent since 1982 and a member of The Tax Institute for more than 30 years.

Harry is a lawyer, admitted as solicitor of the Supreme Court of Queensland and barrister and solicitor of the Supreme Court of the ACT. He is regarded as a specialist in the law of commerce, tax and investment.

His experience has been developed through senior positions in professional firms, with responsibilities in achieving national quality assurance standards for firm-wide taxation consulting and compliance.

His background includes several years as national tax director for PKF, senior tax manager for PricewaterhouseCoopers and, at the commencement of the capital gains tax and fringe benefits tax regime, a spell as special taxation consultant to a predecessor firm to KPMG.

Harry has formally taught taxation and related law at University of Adelaide, Queensland University of Technology, Central Queensland University, University of New England and University of Queensland, with course preparation for ATAX at University of New South Wales.

Harry is often recognised in international awards for his achievements in Australian law.

Emerging Tax Star Sarah Goodman Awards 2015

Stephen Holmes, CTA, Subject convenor

Stephen is a Partner at WMS Chartered Accountants and has a particular focus on capital gains tax, the taxation implications of trusts and the SME tax issues generally. Stephen has been named as a finalist for The Tax Institute’s 2015 SME Tax Adviser of the Year Award.



Graduate Diploma of Applied Tax Law1
New member fee2 $320
Subject fee3 $1,690

View our structured education policies

1. [To enrol in an education subject it is a requirement to become a member of The Tax Institute. Studying with The Tax Institute is available to members. Non-members will be required to join at time of enrolment. Membership fee covers the period through June the following year and is valued at $489. If required to be a voting member, you can upgrade for free (valued at $195). Member fees attract GST and price quoted is inclusive of GST.]
2. [Subject fees do not attract GST. CTA3 attracts GST. CTA3 fees are inclusive of GST. Subject fee is in relation to face-to-face, distance and intensive study modes.]
3. [Applies per subject if enrolling before the early bird close date (except for assessment only study mode and CTA1 Foundations Intensive SP1 and SP2). Please note: Key dates and fees are subject to change without notice.]