Degree structure

Degree details

On completion of the degree 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.

Higher Education

Applicants for a Graduate Diploma are required to meet University academic and English language entry standards; details are provided at . 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 Proficiency 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

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 degree 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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This specialised applied level degree 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.

Recommended Study Pattern

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

Award Requirements

To qualify for the Graduate Diploma in Taxation students must complete 8 subjects or equivalent.

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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