Graduate Diploma in Taxation - 2016

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

The 2017 course information for this course is now available. View 2017 course details.

Course summary

Course summary - 2016

Level: Postgraduate
Qualification: Graduate Diploma
Number of units: 8 units to complete
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This specialised applied 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. Department of Treasury); corporate accountants, financial planners and advisers requiring specialist taxation qualifications; or members of the legal profession who are seeking specialist taxation qualification.

Please Note: From 2012 the Postgraduate Diploma of Commerce (Taxation) has been retitled to the Graduate Diploma of Taxation and existing students who have completed any units should refer to the Transition Arrangements information before enrolling in their 2012 units.

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 Diploma 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 Diploma are required to meet University academic and English language entry standards; details are provided at http://futurestudents.curtin.edu.au . Applicants generally require a Bachelor Degree or Graduate Certificate. Any specific course entry and completion requirements must also be met.

Specifically, applicants require an undergraduate degree in a relevant field from a recognised Australian tertiary institution, or equivalent qualification .

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 http://students.curtin.edu.au/local/docs/English_List.pdf.

Students are recommended to start with the core units MT565 and MT531 as these are the prerequisite units in the postgraduate Taxation program.

To qualify for the Graduate Diploma in Taxation students must complete 8 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: 8 units Required Elective Optional
Unit name Code Provider Availability
Fundamentals of Australian Tax Law
MT531 Curtin SP1 - SP3 -
Financial Principles and Analysis
MT515 Curtin SP1 - - -
Fundamentals of Business and Corporations Law
MT5651 Curtin SP1 - SP3 -
Taxation Research in Current Topics
MT570 Curtin - - SP3 -
Taxation of Trusts (Previously Taxation (Trusts))
MT568 Curtin - - SP3 -
Applied International Taxation
MT547 Curtin SP1 - - -
GST and Indirect Taxation
MT532 Curtin - - SP3 -
Advanced Taxation
MT569 Curtin - - SP3 -

1 Students who have completed MT560 or MT564 do not have to enrol in MT565.

Applications for Credit for Recognised Learning (CRL) are assessed on a case by case basis according to Curtin University policies which is available at http://policies.curtin.edu.au/local/docs/policy/Credit_for_Recognised_Learning_Manual.pdf.

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 http://students.curtin.edu.au/administration/documents/Application_for_CRL.pdf to opencurtin@curtin.edu.au 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 http://courses.curtin.edu.au/course_overview/admission-requirements/scanned-documents.cfm.

For further information, please contact opencurtin@curtin.edu.au.

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
    OR
  • Permanent humanitarian visa holders who will be resident in Australia for the duration of their unit
    OR
  • 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
Australia

2016 Course Changes

The Graduate Diploma and Graduate Certificate in Taxation have undergone a major change in 2016.

For the Graduate Diploma, MT571 Taxation of Capital Gains will be replaced with MT569 Advanced Taxation while for the Graduate Certificate, MT570 Taxation Research in Current Topics will be replaced with MT547 Applied International Taxation.

Affected units completed by students before 2016 are counted towards the proposed 2016 course structures.

Further advice can be seek from the course coordinator Dale Pinto at D.Pinto@curtin.edu.au

2015 Course Changes

Students who were admitted into the Graduate Certificate of Taxation, Gradate Diploma of Taxation or Master of Taxation prior to 2015, will still be able to proceed with the structure they started with. However, students admitted from 2015 will need to abide by the new structure below which is lock-step in nature with the provision of exit points.

Graduate Certificate- (4 units)

  • MT531 Fundamentals of Australian Tax Law
  • MT515 Finance Principles and Analysis
  • MT565 Fundamentals of Business and Corporations Law
  • MT570 Taxation Research in Current Topics

Graduate Diploma- (8 units)

  • MT531 Fundamentals of Australian Tax Law
  • MT515 Finance Principles and Analysis
  • MT565 Fundamentals of Business and Corporations Law
  • MT570 Taxation Research in Current Topics
  • MT568 Taxation of Trusts
  • MT547 Applied International Taxation
  • MT532 GST and Indirect Taxation
  • MT571 Taxation of Capital Gains

Master of Taxation (12 units)

  • MT531 Fundamentals of Australian Tax Law
  • MT515 Finance Principles and Analysis
  • MT565 Fundamentals of Business and Corporations Law
  • MT570 Taxation Research in Current Topics
  • MT568 Taxation of Trusts
  • MT547 Applied International Taxation
  • MT532 GST and Indirect Taxation
  • MT571 Taxation of Capital Gains
  • MT621 Advanced Superannuation and Retirement Planning
  • MT569 Advanced Taxation
  • MT526 Advanced Estate Planning
  • MT660 Advanced International Taxation Research
     

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