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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.

 

1300 TAX EDU
(1300 829 338)

ATL002
6 credit points
30 CPD hours
$1,650
distance
13 weeks
introductory
2 study periods

Timetable file_download

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Elective subject in the Graduate Diploma of Applied Tax Law

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Complete the TPB approved Course in Commercial Law

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Gain skills that are directly applicable to the workplace

"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

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

  • 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 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.

Subject structure

Modules

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

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 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 checkpoint tests 50% 40%
Exam 50% 60%

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

Recognition

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 instructor

Harry Rigney, Subject convenor

Harry Rigney, 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.

Timetable

Subject Study period 1 Study period 2 Study period 3
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Call us at 1300 TAX EDU (1300 829 338) or email us.

Fees

ATL002 CommLaw 1 Australian Legal Systems1
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.]