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Tax it is central to all business decisions and operates within the broader legal systems of Australia. A solid understanding of how laws are made, the law of contracts and the law of torts (negligence) is essential. This subject will help you understand the commercial context in which tax matters arise.

If you work in tax, you’re certain to engage with Australia’s commercial law environment. Laws help to give clients the certainty and stability they need to operate, trade and invest.

CommLaw1 Australian Legal Systems introduces, explains and explores the way laws are made, how to find the law in a given area, and how the law will be interpreted and applied.

It addresses common questions such as how a binding agreement is made, the law of contracts as it relates to advisory services, and how to advise clients on the legal impacts of their activities.

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  • Entry requirements and learning outcomes
  • Subjects and study modes
  • Recognition
  • Your tax professional instructors
  • Timetable
  • Fees
Subject Code: ATL002
Credit points: 6
CPD: 30 hours
Cost: $1,690
Study Per Week: 10 hours
Delivery: distance learning
Study Length: 12 weeks
Level: Introductory
Study Periods: 3 per year

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Entry requirements and learning outcomes

ATL002 CommLaw1 Australian Legal Systems is designed to help you develop your understanding of the Australian legal system, not only about how laws are enacted and their underlying policy aims, but how they apply in the ever changing statutory, commercial law and equitable principles in our very complex tax system.

Who is this for?

  • associate lawyer
  • certified financial planner
  • corporate tax accountant
  • lecturer or tutor
  • registered tax agents who wish to meet licence requirements
  • tax and financial advisers
  • tax manager.

Entry requirements

 To enrol in CommLaw1, you’ll need to: 
  • meet English language requirements if your 6 years of high school learning were not conducted in English 

Learning outcomes

On completion of ATL002 CommLaw1 Australian Legal Systems you will be able to, but not limited to, relate the client’s commercial transaction to the relevant Australian legal systems and processes while establishing the knowledge on law of contracts and torts.

Modules, study modes and assessment


  • Australian legal systems and processes
  • law of torts
  • contracts in Australian commercial law
  • remedies in contract.

Modes of Study

Distance learning

A flexible learning approach using an online learning platform supported by pre-recorded webinars and email support with a subject matter expert.

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 recieve 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 recommended readings
  • recorded webinars
  • online checkpoint tests
  • past exam papers (where applicable)
  • access to a subject convenor for technical questions
  • assessment preparation resources
  • research skills webinar
  • support from trained subject coordinators.

Assessment structure

Assessment taskPass markWeighting
Online module quizzes 50% 40%
Exam 50% 60%

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

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 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. 



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ATL002 CommLaw 1 Australian Legal Systems
Subject fee: $1,690

View our education policies

1. This subject does not attract GST.

2. Applies per subject if enrolling before the early bird close date (except for assessment only study mode and CTA1 Foundations Intensive SP1 and SP2). Please note: Key dates and fees are subject to change without notice.

3. All Tax Institute Higher Education candidates are eligible to receive Education Membership of The Tax Institute for $199 (valued at $509) upon enrolment until 30 June in the subsequent calendar year. Member fees attract GST and price quoted is inclusive of GST.