Membership status & member grades

Membership is open to you if you have a professional interest in issues in taxation. There are two types of membership, voting and non-voting.

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Chartered Tax Adviser (CTA)

The Chartered Tax Adviser designation is an internationally recognised and respected mark of technical excellence and professional integrity and represents the pinnacle of the profession. Members who become a Chartered Tax Adviser can use the internationally recognised post-nominal CTA.

Chartered Tax Advisers are required to complete a minimum of 30 hours structured tax related CPD per annum.

Requirements:

  • Meets the core voting membership criteria (as stated below); and
  • Meets the Fellow membership criteria (as stated below); and
  • Has successfully passed The Tax Institute's CTA3 Advisory Exam assessment.

 

 

Membership fee:
$749
(inc $68.09 GST)


 

Fellow (FTI)

Membership as a Fellow is for experienced, qualified tax professionals. Members who become a Fellow can use the post-nominal FTI.

Fellow Members are required to complete a minimum of 30 hours tax-related CPD per annum made up of 50% unstructured (15 hours) and 50% structured (15 hours).

Requirements:

  • Meets the core voting membership criteria (as stated below); and
  • Passed CTA1, CTA2A and CTA2B or the Institutes recognised equivalent;
  • Has a Master of Tax or an Institute recognised equivalent Masters qualification;
  • Completion of Graduate Diploma from an accredited provider can be equivalent.

 

 

Membership fee:
$749
(inc $68.09 GST)


 

Associate (ATI)

Membership as an Associate is for qualified tax professionals or other professionals with relevant tax experience. Members who become an Associate can use the post-nominal ATI.

Associate Members are required to complete a minimum of 30 hours tax-related CPD per annum made up of 50% unstructured (15 hours) and 50% structured (15 hours).

Requirements:

  • Meets the core voting membership criteria (as stated below); and

Pathway 1:

At least one-year relevant tax experience, plus one of the following:

  • Passed CTA1 or the Institutes recognised equivalent;
  • a member of CAANZ, CPA, IPA, Barrister or Solicitor;
  • voting member of another Registered Tax Agent Association.

Pathway 2:

A minimum eight years’ fulltime relevant tax experience in the last 10 years.

 

 

Membership fee:
$749
(inc $68.09 GST) 


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Affiliate

Membership as an Affiliate is for those involved in taxation who do not meet the requirements of voting membership, or who do not wish to participate in CPD.

To be eligible as an Affiliate Member you must satisfy one or more of the following criteria:

  •  Has successfully passed The Tax Institute's CTA1 Foundations or an equivalent qualification from an Institute accredited education provider; or
  • Would otherwise qualify for admission as an Associate member but does not have any relevant Australian experience; or
  • Is enrolled in The Tax Institute's CTA2A Advanced course; or
  • Is employed by the commonwealth or state revenue authority engaged in taxation practice or administration; or
  • Has an interest in the affairs of The Tax Institute who National Council resolves to admit as an Affiliate.

 

   

Membership fee:
$539
(inc $49.00 GST)


Requirements for Membership

All members must prove that they are of good fame, integrity and character.

Continued Professional Development

To maintain your CTA, Fellow, or Associate Membership there is a Continued Professional Development (CPD) requirement. 

Membership category  Membership CPD requirements (from 1 July 2012)

Chartered Tax Adviser

 30 hours structured tax related CPD per annum

Fellow or Associate 

30 hours tax related CPD per annum made up of 50% unstructured (15 hours) and 50% structured (15 hours)

Affiliate

 No CPD requirements

Students 

No CPD requirements

Structured vs unstructured CPD explained

Structured CPD:

  • Structured CPD is delivered face-to-face or through a variety of technology-based formats.
  • Structured CPD has a defined outline, purpose or objective, aim or learning outcome.
  • The ideal audience will be described in terms of levels, assumed knowledge, sectors or client base.
  • Structured CPD will typically have CPD hours set for the activity.

Unstructured CPD:

  • Unstructured CPD is an activity which does necessarily define the types of attendees.
  • Unstructured CPD can be as simple as reading your Taxation in Australia® journal, networking or on the job training. Please note, it is not necessary to record your unstructured CPD.

 

Voting Members

Core voting member criteria

To be eligible as a voting member you must satisfy one or more of the following criteria:

  • Hold a degree or postgraduate award from an Australian tertiary institution or an equivalent institution in the discipline of accounting; or
  • Hold a diploma or higher award from an Australian registered training organisation (RTO) or equivalent institution in the discipline of accounting; or
  • Have completed the academic qualifications required to be an Australian legal practitioner; or
  • Registered as a tax agent; or
  • A registered tax agent or nominee immediately before 1 March 2010 and a voting member of a recognised professional association immediately before 1 March 2010; or
  • Have the equivalent of 8 years' full time experience in providing tax agent services in the past 10 years.

Requirements under the Tax Agent Services Act 2009

All voting members who are in public practice must maintain professional indemnity insurance that meets the requirements of the Tax Practitioners Board. The Tax Practitioners Board’s requirements for the maintenance of professional indemnity insurance for registered tax and BAS agents may be found here.

Code of Conduct

All voting members must also abide by the professional and ethical principles of the Code of Professional Conduct for Tax Agents as set out by the Tax Practitioners Board.

The Code of Professional Conduct can be found here.