Graduate Diploma of Applied Tax Law

Anticipating the needs of tomorrow’s tax professionals



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.

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
  • Subjects6
  • Credit Points36
  • LevelPostgraduate
  • Cost$1,690 per subject
  • CPD30 hours per subject
  • DeliveryOnline
  • Study Length1-2 years part-time
  • Education LevelPostgraduate
  • Study Periods3 per year

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. business; or

d. commerce; or

e. accounting; or

f. 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:


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 of Applied Tax Law. 

If you successfully complete CTA3 Advisory as one of your electives, you will have satisfied the educational requirements to be eligible to obtain the globally recognised “CTA” designation. In turn, you may be eligible for 6 units of credit as recognition of prior learning towards a Master of Taxation from UNSW if you wish to continue your studies in Taxation.

Example program structure - 2 years duration


  • 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, up 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 complete the program in a shorter time-frame.

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.

Please 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

Standard subject enrolment fee $1,690 

Early bird discount $100

CTA3 Advisory subject enrolment fee $2,090 

Early bird discount $100 

Assessment only subject enrolment fee $1,070 

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

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