Fundamentals of Australian Tax Law - 2017

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Unit summary


  • Level of Study: Postgraduate
  • Study load: 0.125 EFTSL
  • Delivery method: Fully Online
  • Prerequisites: No
  • Duration: 13 weeks
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  • Availability for 2017: SP1 , SP3
  • Assessment: Essay (20%) , Invigilated Exam - Final Exam (50%) - Learn more

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2017 Fees
Domestic 3,375.00
International 3,625.00

This unit was previously known as Taxation.

This unit deals with foundation principles of income tax laws as they apply to individuals and entities including partnerships, companies and trusts, as well as capital gains tax and an introduction to the goods and services tax.

Additional Information: There is a mid-Study Period exam in Week 7. If you are unable to sit this exam due to work or personal commitments consider completing this unit in a later Study Period. The mid-Study Period exam is organised through Curtin and if you are in Melbourne, Sydney, Adelaide or India you will be required to sit this exam at a specified invigilation centre. The final exam is arranged by OUA Exam Services.

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At the completion of this unit students will be able to:

  1. calculate taxable income and net tax payable by an individual and sole trader
  2. calculate capital gains tax payable by an individual or business
  3. calculate net income of a Trust or Partnership (including the distribution to beneficiaries or partners) and calculate the taxable income and net tax payable by a minor; reconcile accounting profit to taxable income or net income
  4. calculate the taxable income of a company and calculate the Franking Account balance
  5. identify a taxable supply and calculate Goods and Services Tax payable
  6. demonstrate an appropriate understanding of academic and professional integrity principles and apply writing, referencing and acknowledgement conventions required for the taxation discipline.
  • Essay (20%)
  • Invigilated Exam — Final Exam (50%)
  • Invigilated Mid Term Exam (30%)
For more information on invigilated exams see Exams and results

There are no prerequisites for this unit.

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In order to enrol in this unit, you must be accepted into one of the following courses:

Please visit the course details page and read the Requirements tab for more information about eligibility.

This unit addresses the following topics.

3Capital gains
4Uniform capital allowances
6Trusts and minors
8Goods and Services Tax
9Tax Practitioners

This unit is delivered using the following methods and materials:

Instructional Methods

  • Audio/Video conferencing
  • Online Quizzes/Tests
  • Web links

Online materials

  • Audio/Video - Streaming
  • FAQs
  • Online Assessment
  • Resources and Links

This unit is a core requirement in the following courses:

This unit may be eligible for credit towards other courses:

  1. Many undergraduate courses on offer through OUA include 'open elective' where any OUA unit can be credited to the course. You need to check the Award Requirements on the course page for the number of allowed open electives and any level limitations.
  2. In other cases, the content of this unit might be relevant to a course on offer through OUA or elsewhere. In order to receive credit for this unit in the course you will need to supply the provider institution with a copy of the Unit Profile in the approved format, which you can download here. Note that the Unit Profile is set at the start of the year, and if textbooks change this may not match the Co-Op textbook list.

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