Subject details

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

  1. interpret the law of trusts and taxation of trusts principles in the use of trusts as an effective tax planning vehicle
  2. evaluate strategies for the resolution of problems when using trusts
  3. create innovative solutions and draft appropriate responses to posed tax questions.
    • Equity, fiduciary relationships
    • Introduction to trusts
    • Certainties of an express trust
    • Termination of trusts
    • Implied and constructive trusts
    • Taxation of trust distribution
    • Capital gains tax and trusts
    • Non-resident trust estates
    • Taxation of other types of trusts
    • Personal exertion trusts
    • Service trusts
  • Study resources

    • Instructional methods

      • Web links
    • Online materials

      • Resources and Links
      • Printable format materials

You must either have successfully completed the following subject(s) before starting this subject, or currently be enrolled in the following subject(s); or enrol in the following subject(s) to study at the same time or prior to this subject:

CUR-MT531-Fundamentals of Australian Tax Law


You need a high level of proficiency in both written and spoken English.

Special requirements

No special requirements

This subject was previously known as Taxation (Trusts).

This subject explores the historical background to the development of equitable remedies and provides an introduction to trusts within an overview of various trust structures. It examines the taxation of trust distribution and the taxation of other types of trusts.

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  • Research Paper (25%)
  • Invigilated Exam (50%)
  • Group Project and Report (25%)

Textbook information is pending.

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