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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 qualifications to register as a tax agent

Registration as a tax agent with the Tax Practitioners Board (TPB) ensures that tax agents:

  • have the qualifications and experience required to provide tax agent services
  • meet the TPB 'fit and proper' requirements
  • have appropriate professional indemnity insurance cover to protect consumes.

The Tax Agent Program allows you to satisfy the first of the requirements listed above to register as a tax agent. Depending on your prior qualifications, you may be required to complete a Course in Australian Tax Law and/or a Course in Commercial Law approved by the TPB. Our Tax Agent Program comprises both of these TPB approved courses.

You must contact the TPB to determine what their requirements for you will be. Registering as an individual tax agent from TPB website

Completing the full program, you’ll learn:

  • How to explain the basic structure of tax and compliance obligations
  • The ethics and professional responsibilities of a tax professional
  • How to advise on the tax impacts of commercial & property transactions.

Scroll down for more information on:

  • Admission requirements
  • Program subjects and delivery modes
  • Recognition of prior learning and advanced standing
  • Your tax instructors
  • Timetable
  • Fees & Policies
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: Introductory – Advanced
Study Periods: 2-3 per year


Approved by the Tax Practitioners Board (TPB)


Available as single subjects to fill specific knowledge gaps


Gain skills that are directly applicable to the workplace

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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


Entry requirements and learning outcomes

The Tax Agents Program provides the knowledge to deal with common compliance issues and skills to keep pace with the changing tax landscape as well as prepare you for your tax agent licence.

To complete the subjects in the Tax Agent Program candidates must: 

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 the following 30 JuneFind out more about membership benefits and resources      

2. meet minimum English language requirements if the language of instruction for your 6 years of secondary education was not English. 

Program subjects

TPB approved Course in Taxation Law program structure (3 study periods per year) 

  • CTA1 - First Study Period (12 Weeks)
  • CTA2A - Second Study Period (12 Weeks)
  • CTA2B - Third Study Period (12 Weeks)

TPB approved Course in Commercial Law program structure (3 study periods per year) 

  • CommmLaw 1 - First Study Period (12 Weeks)
  • CommLaw 2 - Second Study Period (12 Weeks)
  • CommLaw 3 - Third Study Period (12 Weeks)

Certain combinations of subject enrolments, up to two subjects per study period, are permitted. It is therefore possible to complete the program in a shorter time-frame 

Check out the TPB qualification and experience requirements here: TPB qualifications and experience summary 

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

Tom O'Sullivan, Subject convenor

Tom O'Sullivan, Subject convenor

Tom is a tax lead at Wolters Kluwer, CCH. Tom writes for the Australian Federal Tax Reporter, Australian Master Tax Guide, and other leading tax publications.



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

Fees & Policies

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

New member fees

(discounted by 50%)

Standard subject enrolment fee $1,690
Assessment only subject enrolment fee $1,070