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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.

1300 TAX EDU
(1300 829 338)

6 subjects
36 credit points
30 CPD hours / subject
$1,650 / subject
face-to-face or distance
1-2 years (part-time)
postgraduate level
3 study periods


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

"The CTA1 balances technical material and practical application, bridging academia with the practice of tax law."

Rachel Vijayaraj, ATI, Associate, 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, Special Counsel, Damien Greer

"The Tax Institute provides you with skills to succeed in the workforce."

Angel Zhang, Graduate Tax Accountant, Grant Thornton

"The issues which candidates are exposed to are delivered in a straightforward way and mirror real life issues which candidates will face on a day to day basis."

Patrick Catena, FTI, Accountant, CTA2A lecturer

"[The Tax Institute] teaches not only theory, but also emphasises application, in contexts encountered by practitioners on a day-to-day basis."

Nicholas Trotter, FTI, Consultant, Griffith Hack

"The CTA2 demonstrates a keen interest in tax and that’s what employers look for."

Tony Underhill, CTA, Principal - Tax, Grant Thornton Australia

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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]

Program structure


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 a fortnight 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 is a lawyer, accredited as a specialist in taxation law. Harry has been a registered tax agent since 1982 and a member of The Tax Institute for more than 25 years.

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.


2016Study period 1Study period 2Study period 3
Early bird enrolment close Monday 22 February Monday 4 July Monday 24 October
Regular enrolment close Monday 07 March Monday 18 July Monday 07 November
Commencement week Monday 14 March Monday 25 July Monday 14 November

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Graduate Diploma of Applied Tax Law1
New member fee2 $300
Subject fee3 $1,650

View our structured education policies

1. [Prices are per subject.]
2. [To enrol in an education subject it is a requirement to become a member of The Tax Institute. All new members will receive Affiliate membership valued at $454.00 upon enrolment (Fellow membership required for CTA3 Advisory) until June 30 in the subsequent calendar year. You are also eligible to upgrade to voting membership valued at $649.00 for no additional cost if you meet the required membership eligibility criteria. Attracts GST, price quoted is GST inclusive.]
3. [Subjects accredited within the Graduate Diploma do not attract GST.]