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Monash University Handbook 2011 Postgraduate - Unit

6 points, SCA Band 3, 0.125 EFTSL

Refer to the specific census and withdrawal dates for the semester(s) in which this unit is offered.

FacultyFaculty of Law
OfferedNot offered in 2011


This unit examines superannuation policy, regulation, taxation and practice in Australia. The unit will focus on the way in which superannuation funds are regulated and taxed and it will also consider a number of tax and estate planning strategies for their members.


On completion of this subjects students should be able to:

  1. understand the structure of different types of superannuation funds in Australia and the reasons for these differences including those which relate to the provisions of our taxation legislation
  2. understand the operation of superannuation funds including
    1. the role and duties of trustees and those to whom they delegate especially in relation to investment
    2. the rights of members individually and collectively and
    3. the role and duties of third parties such as auditors
  3. examine the effect of superannuation in bankruptcy law, family law and industrial law.


Class participation: 10%
Assignment (2,250 words): 30%
Take-home examination (4,500 words): 60%

Contact hours

24 contact hours per semester (either intensive, semi-intensive or semester long, depending on the Faculty resources, timetabling and requirements)