BTF2000 - Australian corporations law - 2019

6 points, SCA Band 3, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate - Unit

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


Business and Economics

Organisational Unit

Department of Business Law and Taxation

Chief examiner(s)

Dr Jennifer O'Reilly (Caulfield)
Professor Mark Crosby (City)


Dr Jennifer O'Reilly (Caulfield)
Miss Belinda Clarence (City)

Unit guides



  • First semester 2019 (On-campus)
  • Second semester 2019 (On-campus)

City (Melbourne)

  • Trimester A 2019 (On-campus)
  • Trimester B 2019 (On-campus)
  • Trimester C 2019 (On-campus)


BTF1010 or equivalent.


BTB2220, BTW2220.


In this unit we consider how to create companies and trusts and the potential legal liability of their participants and stakeholders; the role of internal company rules on company managers and investors; how companies are managed, with extensive consideration of directors duties; regulations affecting public fund raising by companies and changes to their share capital; members' meetings and legal remedies for dissatisfied investors in companies (under legislation and common law); and forms of administration for insolvent corporations.


The learning goals associated with this unit are to:

  1. describe the nature of trusts, the way they operate, and the rights and obligations of people involved in or dealing with trusts
  2. demonstrate an understanding of the significance and functions of corporations as legal structures and how they facilitate the carrying on of a business
  3. identify and explain the ways that corporations and their stakeholders are regulated by the law (legislation and case law) in Australia
  4. demonstrate skills in logically analysing and solving law-related problems relating to corporations.


Within semester assessment: 50% + Examination: 50%

Workload requirements

Minimum total expected workload to achieve the learning outcomes for this unit is 144 hours per semester typically comprising a mixture of scheduled learning activities and independent study. Independent study may include associated readings, assessment and preparation for scheduled activities. The unit requires on average three/four hours of scheduled activities per week. Scheduled activities may include a combination of teacher directed learning, peer directed learning and online engagement.

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