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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 TEQSA accredited postgraduate qualification is at Level 8 of the Australian Qualifications Framework and is accredited by the Tax Practitioners Board.

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.

Every year we welcome over 240 candidates for each of our three intakes across ten subjects. In each of the core and elective subjects, candidates are supported by:

  • a Subject Convenor or instructor, an experienced tax professional who candidates can email with tax-technical questions to help better understand the material presented
  • presenters, experts in specific areas of tax and tax law
  • a Subject Coordinator who is there to assist with any administrative or other non-tax technical queries
  • The Tax Institute Higher Education's Learning Management System, Connect. It enables candidates to access all subject materials online in the one place. Using Connect, candidates access all materials and resources for study. 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.

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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: Online
Study Length: 1-2 years part-time
Level: Postgraduate
Study Periods: 3 per year

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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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Admission requirements

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

A Graduate Diploma of Applied Tax Law candidate will: 

  • 1. hold an Australian degree or diploma in:
    • a. financial services; or
    • b. finance; or
    • c. commerce; or
    • c. business; or
    • d. law (with tax or commercial law subjects). 
  • 2. meet minimum English language requirements, if the language of instruction for your 6 years of secondary education was not English.




Core Subjects

The core subjects that make up the compulsory program learnings are:

Elective Subjects

Three of the six elective* subjects are required to complete the program.

*Completion of the CTA3 Advisory subject may be credited as an elective for the Graduate Diploma.
Example program structure - 2 years duration (2 study periods per year)
  • First study period (12 weeks) CTA1
  • Second study peruid (12 weeks) CTA2A
  • Third study period (12 weeks) CTA2B
  • Fourth study period (12 weeks) Elective 1
  • Fifth study period (12 weeks) Elective 2
  • Sixth study period (12 weeks) Elective 3 

Certain combinations of subject enrolments, uo to two subjects per study period, are permitted. Recognition for prior learning (for up to two) and Advanced standing may be available for up to three subjects in total. It is therefore possible to complet the program in a shorter time-frame.

Recognition of prior learning and advanced standing

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. 

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

Advanced standing 

Advanced standing is a process of transferring credits from subjects you have previously completed with The Tax Institute and The Tax Institute Higher Education. To apply for advanced standing (no fee applies), please complete the advanced standing form. 

Your tax professional instructors

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.


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

Fees & Policies

Refer to the Candidate Handbook for our Candidate care guide and comprehensive information on our relevant policies.

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Fees are set on a subjects by subject basis and are shown in the table:

Standard subject enrolment fee 


Early bird discount 


CTA3 Advisory subject enrolment fee 


Early bird discount 


Assessment only subject enrolment fee




Key dates and fees are subject to change without notice.  View The Tax Institute Higher Education policies