Graduate Certificate in Taxation - 2018

Please note: This course has recently undergone a major change. Please refer to Transition Arrangements for more information.

Course summary

Course summary - 2018

Level: Postgraduate
Qualification: Graduate Certificate
Number of units: 4 units to complete

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This specialised foundation level 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 (e.g. Treasury); corporate accountants, financial planners and advisers requiring specialist taxation qualifications; or members of the legal profession who are seeking specialist taxation qualification.

On completion of the course students will be able to:

  1. apply principles of taxation law to practical situations and case studies at an applied, professional practice level; complete original research work to extend discipline knowledge
  2. read legislation, cases and related taxation materials and critically reflect upon them at an applied, professional practice level
  3. access relevant taxation materials and analyse their content at an applied, professional practice level
  4. use effective verbal and written communication at an applied, professional practice level
  5. use electronic resources to effectively collect information and communicate at an applied, professional practice level.
  6. take responsibility for the development of ongoing professional, self directed and reflective education relating to developments and changes in the taxation industry
  7. utilize a practical approach to the impact of international taxation industry issues and apply a global perspective to the resolution of these issues
  8. recognise that cultural practices and differences impact on how different countries deal with the issue of taxation in an administrative and practical sense
  9. exhibit an ethical approach to analysing taxation issues, solving problems independently or collaboratively, at a professional practice level.

Students who complete the Graduate Certificate of Taxation degree may be eligible for membership and/or credits into programs which are offered by CPA Australia, the Tax Institute or Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand. Students need to supply relevant transcripts to these bodies who will consider their application on a case-by-case basis.

Applicants for a Graduate Certificate are required to meet University academic and English language entry standards; details are provided at . Applicants generally require a Bachelor Degree or equivalent credit gained for recognised learning. Any specific course entry and completion requirements must also be met.

Specifically, applicants for this course require an appropriate degree from a recognised tertiary institution or equivalent and/or relevant work experience.

English Requirements

Applicants need to meet Curtin’s English Language requirement as all courses are taught in English. If your education courses were not solely in English, as per the International Handbook of Universities or the World Higher Education database, please attach a scanned original copy of English Proficiency Test results.

Admission requires an overall International English Language Testing System (IELTS Academic) (or equivalent test) score of at least 6.5 and competence in all test components (IELTS score of 6.0).

Please refer to the 'Minimum English Entry Requirements' document at

Students are recommended to start with the core unit MT531 as this is the prerequisite unit in the postgraduate Taxation course.

To qualify for the Graduate Certificate in Taxation students must complete 4 units or equivalent.

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.

Total number of units to complete: 4 units Required Elective Optional
Unit name Code Provider Availability
Fundamentals of Australian Tax Law
MT531 CUR SP1 - SP3 -
Financial Principles and Analysis
MT515 CUR SP1 - - -
Fundamentals of Business and Corporations Law
MT565 CUR SP1 - SP3 -
Applied International Taxation
MT547 CUR SP1 - - -

Applications for Credit for Recognised Learning (CRL) are assessed on a case by case basis according to Curtin University policies which is available at

Students must be admitted in an award course of study before lodging their completed CRL application, along with all necessary documentation for a formal assessment.

To officially apply for CRL, students need to submit the CRL application form available from to along with supporting documents. Accepted documentation includes scans of the original Transcripts and/or Award Certificate; front and back; in colour; and original size. For detailed scanned documents requirements and guidelines, please visit

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You can pay fees in one of two main ways:

Eligible OUA students can access the government loan scheme known as FEE-HELP. You pay back the loan through your taxes once your income reaches a minimum threshold.

Who can access it?

  • Australian citizens who will undertake, in Australia, at least one unit of study contributing to their course
  • Permanent humanitarian visa holders who will be resident in Australia for the duration of their unit
  • Permanent visa holders who are undertaking bridging study for overseas-trained professionals, and will be resident in Australia for the duration of their study

Find out more about FEE-HELP

You can pay your fees upfront - in full at the beginning of a unit - using:
  • Credit card (Visa and MasterCard)
  • Cheque
  • Money order

You should make cheques and money orders payable to 'Open Universities Australia' and send them to:
Open Universities Australia
GPO Box 5387
Melbourne 3001

2018 Course Changes

The Graduate Diploma in Taxation has undergone a major change in 2018.

MT568 Taxation of Trusts will be replaced with MT621 Advanced Superannuation and Retirement Planning. Students who have completed MT568 do not have to enrol in MT621 as MT568 will be counted towards their degree.

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