Not offered in 2019

Unit description

Introduces the law and practice of taxation in Australia and the inter-relationship between these taxes. Its major emphasis is on income tax as it applies to individual taxpayers, as this is currently the most significant source of government revenue. Other taxes that will be studied include fringe benefits tax, the goods and services tax (GST) and state-based taxes. By studying this unit students should attain a basic working knowledge of the taxes that are levied by the Commonwealth and the States. This unit also examines some of the principles behind a good tax system and the administration of taxation in Australia.

Unit content

Topic 1: Overview of Australian income tax, Tax Accounting and Tax Planning
Topic 2: Assessable Income and Exempt Income
Topic 3: General deductions and Specific Deductions
Topic 4: Capital Gains Tax
Topic 5: Taxation of individuals, including Administrative Aspects
Topic 6: Goods and Services Tax, Fringe Benefits Tax and Other Taxes

Learning outcomes

Unit Learning Outcomes express learning achievement in terms of what a student should know, understand and be able to do on completion of a unit. These outcomes are aligned with the graduate attributes. The unit learning outcomes and graduate attributes are also the basis of evaluating prior learning.

Learning outcomes and graduate attributes

Teaching and assessment


Intensive offerings may or may not be scheduled in every session. Please refer to the timetable for further details.

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Fee information


Commonwealth Supported courses
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Commencing 2019 Commonwealth Supported only. Student contribution band: 3

Fee paying courses
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