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As a financial advisor, a solid understanding of the Australian commercial law environment is not just a valuable skill: it’s required under the Tax Agent Services Regulations 2009 (TASR). This subject provides an approved pathway to compliance with your new obligations.

As a financial adviser, it’s essential that you have a working knowledge of the Australian Commercial law environment. In fact, it’s now an obligation for a tax (financial) advisor under the Tax Agent Services Act (TASA).

This subject gives you an approved qualification to meet those obligations.

Topics include an introduction to contract law, the fundamental legal concepts of business organisational structures, aspects of the law of torts, and the key provisions of the Competition and Consumer Act 2010 including those relating to misleading and deceptive conduct.

6 credit points
30 CPD hours
13 weeks
Corporate enrolments

1300 TAX EDU
(1300 829 338)


Elective subject in the Graduate Diploma of Applied Tax Law


Complete the TPB approved Course in Commercial Law


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 on line 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 taxation issues.”

Mathew Coombes, CTA, Borough Australia Pty Ltd

“What I learnt I was actually applying every day to my work with my clients and the notes I received are now my tax bible.”

Lauren Whelan, HLB Mann Judd

“The topic areas covered provided me with technical knowledge on areas of tax which I could 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


Learning outcomes

Commercial Law for Financial Advising is designed to develop your understandings of commercial transactions to the relevant Australian legal systems and understand the legal concepts of business structures relevant to financial advisers.

Who is this for?

  • registered tax agents who wish to meet licence requirements
  • registered tax (financial) advisers who wish to meet licence requirements
  • tax and financial advisers
  • certified financial planner.

Entry requirements

  • 1. hold current membership of The Tax Institute1
  • 2. meet English language requirements if the language of instruction for your 6 years of high school qualifications was not English.

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]

Learning outcomes

On completion of Commercial Law for Financial Advising you will be able to, but not limited to, relate the client’s commercial transaction to the relevant Australian legal systems and understand the legal concepts of business structures when advising on the legal concepts of business organisational structures and their underlying regulations.

Subject structure


  • contracts in Australian commercial law
  • Australian legal systems and processes
  • business structures: sole trader, partnership, corporation trusts, agency, joint ventures & incorporated associations
  • law of torts
  • competition and consumer law.

Modes of study

Distance study

Distance study utilises group web/teleconference tutorials every 2-3 weeks.

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

Resources made available to a candidate (excluding assessment-only study) are:

  • access to an online learning portal
  • study materials (soft copy)
  • access to Legal Research and Reasoning Course
  • access to CCH Wolters Kluwer hosted Commercial Law legislation and commentary
  • recorded webinars
  • online checkpoint tests
  • past exam papers (where applicable)
  • email access to the subject convenor for technical questions
  • access to a Tax Research session to build research skills
  • access to effective business writing skills module
  • support from trained subject coordinators.

Assessment structure

Assessment taskPass markWeighting
Online checkpoint tests 50% 50%
Exam 50% 50%

Please note that all assessment tasks must be passed in order to complete the subject.


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.]


Please contact our Business Development Manager by email or phone (02) 8223 0069 for further information about our corporate pricing and enrolments.



Commercial Law for Financial Advising1
New member fee2 $320
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.]