Student Spotlight: Acing the Graduate Diploma of Applied Tax Law with CTA in his sights

Written by: The Tax Institute

Published: 25 May 2023



Chris Green is the Divisional Director, Corporate Services and Assurance at PKF Gold Coast. He received the National Dux award for ATL005 CommLaw2 in Study Period 3 2022.


Could you give us a brief background of your tax career?

My career has spanned over 13 years, 10 of which has been spent in public practice (mainly audit) and approx. two and a half years as a financial controller in an ASX listed software company. My commercial role requires in depth knowledge of international tax (transfer pricing, CFC's etc) and my audit role requires an understanding of the tax law as it applies to corporations in Australia and internationally.

Why did you take CommLaw2?

I chose it as an elective in my Graduate Diploma of Applied Tax Law. It’s an interest area of mine and is a particularly relevant area for external auditors, who require a sound knowledge of company law. I chose to study at The Tax Institute as it’s a fantastic reputable organisation and is recognised as the number one provider of tax education in Australia. 

What have you gained by completing CommLaw2?

Increased knowledge of all aspects of company law, including bankruptcy law, employment law, the role of ASIC and APRA in the regulation of superannuation entities and corporations and a host of other useful areas. Having this detailed knowledge allows me to gain a more in-depth understanding of our client’s regulatory regimes and risks around employment law and other critical areas. 

Any tips for managing study and work and performing so well?

I generally try and get study done before work as this is when I'm most fresh, and on weekends. It's always difficult and there are times where you may fall behind due to work commitments, but you just have to go with the flow and fit the study in when you can. 

What advice do you have for other tax professionals considering studying?

I'm technically not a tax professional, however anyone in practice would absolutely benefit from having a sound knowledge of taxation and The Tax Institute’s study materials are a fantastic way to gain this knowledge. 

Where to next when it comes to continuing your tax education?

Next I’ll take the CTA3 Advisory subject to become a Chartered Tax Adviser.


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