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Graduate Diploma in Taxation

Course code: 0399 ~ Course abbreviation: GradDipTax ~ Total credit points required: 36 ~ 1 year full-time, 2 years part-time ~ Managing faculty: Business and Economics

Study mode and course location

On-campus (Caulfield)

    Course description

This course provides a detailed understanding of the concepts and practical application of Australian taxation law appropriate for students wishing to practise in the areas of accounting, law and financial management and those who are current practitioners in these areas and who require a comprehensive refresher course. It is also appropriate for students who regularly deal with taxation issues in the normal course of their employment or business dealings.

Course objectives

The learning goals associated with this course are to: provide a detailed analysis and examination of concepts employed in the Australian taxation system; facilitate the process of application of such concepts to practical transactions and dealings; develop sound research and writing skills in taxation; provide an examination of current issues and problems in the operation of the Australian taxation system; formulate an approach and methodology to the interpretation and application of taxation principles relevant to taxation practitioners with legal and accounting background.

    Course structure

Course requirements

(a) Students must complete four units (24 points) from the following list:

  • BTF5200 Income and deductions
  • BTF5210 Taxation of trusts and partnerships
  • BTF5220 Taxation of companies and shareholders
  • BTF5230 Taxation of capital gains
  • BTF5240 Taxation of employees and contractors
  • BTF5250 Anti-avoidance rules and financial transactions
  • BTF5260 Tax administration and policy
  • BTF5270 Superannuation and retirement benefits
  • BTF5280 Taxation of international transactions
  • BTF5290 GST and other indirect taxes
  • BTF5300 Contemporary issues in taxation
  • BTF5310 Research project
  • BTX9651 Taxation law

(b) students must complete two units (12 points) from:

  • the graduate program of the Department of Business Law and Taxation, other departments within the Faculty of Business and Economics or other faculties within the university.

    Exit point

Students can exit early from this degree under the following conditions:

  • Completion of four units - Graduate Certificate in Business.

    Professional Recognition

Details of educational requirements for professional recognition can be found under the Professional Recognition entry in the Faculty of Business and Economics section of the Postgraduate Handbook.

    Progression to further studies

Students who successfully complete the Graduate Diploma in Taxation,, with a credit average or above, may be eligible for admission to the Master of Taxation.

    Contact details

Department of Business Law and Taxation: telephone +61 3 9903 1565; email:

Course coordinator

Dr Bill Orow