This specialised course is aimed primarily at commerce graduates who are seeking further qualifications and/or continuing professional development and who are:
- Practitioners in public or private practice
- Taxation officers in the Australian Taxation Office or related Departments (eg. Treasury)
- Corporate accountants, financial planners and advisers requiring specialist taxation qualifications
- Members of the legal profession who are seeking specialist taxation qualifications.
The Taxation course is designed to be modular and flexible, allowing students various exit points consistent with their study aspirations.
Students can study towards a range of qualifications in the Taxation course. Students can exit after completion of four units and receive the Graduate Certificate, after eight units to receive the Graduate Diploma or after twelve units for the Master of Taxation.
The Master of Taxation degree is recognised by CPA Australia as a specialist Masters course. As such, graduates of the Master of Taxation degree are eligible for two elective segment exemptions in the CPA Program. For further, more specific advice, students can contact either Curtin University or CPA Australia.
Graduates of the Master of Taxation satisfy course requirements for progression directly into assessment for the Taxation Institute of Australia (TIA) Advanced Tax course, leading to Fellow Membership of the TIA. Students who complete the Graduate Certificate or Graduate Diploma of Taxation satisfy education requirements for Associate Membership of the TIA. More information can be found on the TIA website.
As this is a specialised course, candidates are required to have a Bachelor degree (or equivalent qualification) in business, commerce or a related field from a recognised tertiary institution or equivalent qualification.
Students are recommended to contact the Course Coordinator before enrolling to ensure correct unit choices.
Additionally, students must have a high level of proficiency in the English language, both written and spoken.
How to Apply
This course is restricted. Students are required to apply and be approved by Curtin University before they can enrol in units through OUA.
Applications for the Taxation course are due by Friday two weeks prior to the close of enrolment.
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- Your curriculum vitae - required for entry into postgraduate courses
copies of academic transcripts - required in most cases but check course
- A letter of recommendation from your employer on company letterhead -
recommended for entry using work experience.
- Certified legal documentation - if you have changed your name e.g. a marriage
certificate, deed poll name change certificate.
- Certified legal documentation - if you need to correct an error in your date of
birth e.g. a birth certificate.
- English language test results - if your courses were not predominantly in
English e.g. IELTS
or equivalent test results.
- Official translations of any documents not in English.
A "certified" copy is a copy bearing the recognised mark of a Justice of the Peace,
Commission of Oaths or declarations, Public Notary or a Solicitor.
Please provide scanned copies of all original academic documents. Only include supporting documentation if you have undertaken studies/qualifications at institutions other than OUA.
This application will become the Property of Open Universities Australia and Curtin University and will not be returned.
Applications will only be considered if academic records for all courses attempted or completed are included along with the certificate of award conferred.
Do not send original documents as they will not be returned.
Then submit your application in one of two ways:
Existing OUA students who have completed any of the withdrawn units, should not enrol in the new 2012 units without prior approval from Curtin University. Existing students should contact Curtin University for further information and a study plan to complete their degree.
New 2012 unit
MT560 Legal Environment
MT565 Fundamentals of Business & Corporations Law
MT564 Law (Corporation)
MT565 Fundamentals of Business & Corporations Law
MT550 Financial Management
MT515 Finance (Principles)
Throughout this process of change, Curtin University is committed to the fundamental principle that all postgraduate Taxation students will be provided with an opportunity to complete their degree.
All students are strongly encouraged to contact the School of Business Law and Taxation through Open Curtin for advice:
Curtin Business School
Most units in the Taxation course are fully online. Each unit is presented comprehensively using materials that reflect the current legal and regulatory environment of taxation.
Throughout the course students will be encouraged to research widely, using both library and Internet resources. Students are recommended to have access to a computer with both the internet and email facilities.
To qualify for the Graduate Certificate in Taxation students must complete 4 units or equivalent.
Recognition of Prior Learning / Credit
Recognition of Prior Learning may be granted upon application to students who have successfully completed studies that are considered by Curtin University to be equivalent to the units forming part of the course.
Credit may also be given for students who have successfully completed recognised professional body examinations, including the CA Program which is offered by the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Australia and the CPA Program, which is offered by CPA Australia. Normally four units of credit are available for candidates who have completed either the CA Program or the CPA Program.
Recommended Study Pattern
Students are recommended to start with the core unit MT531 as this is the prerequisite unit in the postgraduate Taxation program.
Students who have completed any units prior to 2012 should refer to the Transition Arrangements section before enrolling in their 2012 units.
This course sits within a group of courses, giving you the flexibility to study towards different levels of qualification. The courses are listed from the highest to the lowest qualification.
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