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Important: Due to the ever-evolving nature of COVID-19, all Face to Face lectures have been replaced with online lectures.

The Graduate Diploma of Applied Tax Law (GDATL) provides individuals of all levels with the expertise in Australian tax law to provide effective professional tax advice, and undertake skilled tax work across a range of contexts. It is particularly suited to recent graduates or qualifies accountants who wish to advance their technical and practical skills, specifically in Australian tax law while obtaining an academic qualification.

The Australian tax system is evolving on an unprecedented scale. Issues such as disruptive technology, borderless trade, and a more informed public will continue to challenge you as a tax professional, in new and different ways.

Completing this program enables you to take a practical approach to developing key skills in the fundamentals of tax, advanced tax topics and, depending the electives chosen, topics in Australian commerical law or certain specialist tax areas.

You’ll learn:

  • How to provide clear and well-reasoned tax advice
  • How to clarify complex tax and legal concepts, and their implications
  • How to apply analytical skills and in-depth knowledge of tax law.
  • The combination of a practical approach and high-level academic governance in this program provides you with a unique tax learning experience, with recognised outcomes.

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  • Admission requirements
  • Program subjects and delivery modes
  • Recognition of prior learning and advanced standing
  • Your tax instructors
  • Timetable
  • Fees & Policies
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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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Pathway to prestigious Chartered Tax Adviser (CTA) designation


Gain skills that are directly applicable to the workplace


A practically focussed academic award in tax

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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 online 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 tax issues.”

Matthew Coombes, CTA, Borough Australia Pty Ltd

“What I learnt I’m applying every day in my work with clients. The notes I received are my tax bible.”

Lauren Whelan, HLB Mann Judd

“The topic areas provided me with technical and practical knowledge to 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


Admission requirements

A Graduate Diploma of Applied Tax Law candidate will: 

  • 1. hold current membership of The Tax Institute. (A discounted membership is available at the time of enrolment for all new members which expires on 30 June following the enrolment. Find out more about membership benefits and resources. 
  • 2. hold an Australian degree or diploma in:
    • a. accounting; or
    • b. finance; or
    • c. commerce; or
    • c. accounting; or
    • d. law (with tax or commercial law subjects). 
  • 3. meet minimum English language requirements, if the language of instruction for your 6 years of secondary education 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 in the last 5 years; OR
  • 2. Enrolling in, and successfully completing the ATL001 CTA1 Foundations and ATL002 CommLaw1 Australian Legal Systems as single subjects; OR
  • 3. If minimum English language requirements are satisfied, successfully completing the assessemnts for ATL001 CTA1 Foundations or ATL002 CommLaw1 Australian Legal Systems.




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-fra. 

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. 

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. 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

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

New members fee  


Learning with The Tax Institute is a service available to members only.  To enrol in a program or subject it is a requirement to become a member of The Tax Institute at the time of enrolmentThe initial, new member fee covers the period to the next 30 June and is inclusive of GST.  

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 our knowledge & learning policies.