Australian Taxation Law - 2016

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Unit summary


  • Level of Study: Postgraduate
  • Study load: 0.125 EFTSL
  • Delivery method: Fully Online
  • Prerequisites: Yes
  • Duration: 12 weeks
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  • Availability for 2016: Sess 1
  • Assessment: Assessment - Letter of Advice (25%) , Case Study - Presentation and Discussion (25%) - Learn more

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2016 Fees
Domestic 4,080.00

The unit aims to provide lawyers with a sound understanding of the principles of taxation in relation to income tax. The unit considers the provisions of the Income Tax Assessment Acts of 1936 and 1997 and gives emphasis to the fundamental common law principles and statutory provisions that underlie the concepts of assessable income and allowable deductions, particularly as they apply to personal income and business affairs. The unit provides an in-depth analysis of the statutory provisions - Capital Gains Tax and Fringe Benefits Tax. The unit also provides an understanding of the jurisdictional issues of residence and source of income which are fundamental to all Australia’s international provisions. While the unit does not specifically analyse the Goods and Services Tax Act 2000 (GST), the impact of GST is considered in relation to areas of taxation law that are addressed in this unit.

Students undertaking the unit will further develop their legal skills in reading, understanding and applying complex and dynamic legislation, case materials and taxation rulings. This involves development of the student’s ability to analyse legal problems and to express ideas in a precise manner.

Upon successful completion of this unit you will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate an advanced and integrated understanding of fundamental Australian taxation principles and the broader contexts in which these issues arise
  2. Analyse and research complex problems relating to Australian Taxation Law
  3. Demonstrate sophisticated cognitive skills in approaching legal issues relating to Australian Taxation Law and generate appropriate responses
  4. Show effective, appropriate and persuasive communications; skills for legal and non-legal audiences through advising a hypothetical client.
  • Assessment — Letter of Advice (25%)
  • Case Study — Presentation and Discussion (25%)
  • Open Book Invigilated Exam (50%)
For more information on invigilated exams see Exams and results

Recommended prerequisites

You are recommended to have completed the following unit(s) or have equivalent knowledge before starting this unit:

  • Additional materials
  • Broadband access

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

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This unit addresses the following topics.

1The topics for this unit will be provided in your study materials.

This unit is delivered using the following methods and materials:

Online materials

  • Audio/Video - Streaming

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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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