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Practical understanding of the Australian tax system


The Tax School Tax Excellence Course is designed to equip students with a practical understanding of Australian tax law.  The program provides a supportive learning environment by using flexible learning options to deliver technical content.  The course provides comprehensive learning material and hands-on training and is ideal for both new entrants to the tax profession as well as established tax professionals looking to broaden and refresh their tax skill set.

Study support to gain CA and TIA qualifications: The course is also designed for those accounting professionals who wish to gain an understanding of the Australian tax system and those students who require study support to gain their required professional qualification for e.g. the CA Program, The Tax Institute and who need the personal study support to gain their qualifications.  The course material is written by practicing tax experts and educators and our flexible learning options, provide for a personal and supportive learning process.

Flexible learning options: Tax School courses are easy to access through both self-paced study through online learning (Online webinar program) and face to face workshops (Intensive classroom program).

Relevant and Practical: The course material is drafted and presented by practicing tax experts.  There is a focus on gaining and refining tax workplace application and lodgement of tax returns.

Presented by Tax Practitioners: Our course is written and presented by experienced Chartered Accountants and practitioners.

There are no prerequisites required to undertake this course. It is open to:
  • Recent accounting and law graduates
  • Business owners including accounting practices
  • Home based workers
  • Overseas professionals wishing to learn the basics in Australian tax
  • Bookkeepers
  • Cadets
  • Registered tax agents
  • Financial planners
  • Any interested parties


At the conclusion of the program graduates will be able to:
  • Interview a client and prepare individual income tax returns involving a range of compliance taxation issues;
  • Advise individual income tax clients on a limited range of issues;
  • Maintain client administration records
  • liaise with the ATO in respect of lodgement lists for individual income tax returns


Entry requirements. There are no enforced prerequisites for enrolling in the Tax School Tax Excellence Course.  The course is relevant for those interested in gaining entry level skills to enable them to perform common tax compliance work for accounting firms, tax agents or companies.

What you will learn. This course will provide the vital link between your academic studies and workplace experience.  You will gain skills in performing tax compliance tasks.  In order to achieve this, the following topics will be covered in this course:

  • Introduction to the Australian Tax System
  • Income
  • Deductions
  • Capital Gains Tax
  • Taxation of Sole Traders
  • Businesses
  • Capital allowances & depreciation
  • Credits, Rebates and Offsets
  • GST and FBT
  • Tax Administration

Download the full program outline here

Delivery.  Students can attend online webinars from anywhere in the world or classroom workshops in Sydney and Perth.

The Online webinar program:
  • consists of 12 x 2 hour online sessions held every fortweek for 12 weeks (Dates for next course TBA)
  • The expected workload is 5-7 hours per week
  • program assessment consists of online quizzes and a take home open book exam emailed to students on a Friday in Week 13 and due the following Monday.
  • A result of at least 70% is required for all assessments in order to pass the online course.

The Intensive classroom program: 
  • involves 4 days of face to face classroom workshops will be held in Perth and Sydney.
  • Assessment consists of class quizzes and a 2 hour open book final exam held in the classroom on day 4. A grade of at least 70% is required in order to pass the course.

Awarding authority:
  • a certificate will be provided on successful completion of the program.

All learning material will be provided for both the online and classroom programs, however -
  • For the online webinar program: you will need a PC and access to a fast internet connection.
  • For the intensive classroom program: please bring writing materials and a calculator.  All learning materials will be provided in class.


  • Full cost of the Tax School Tax Excellence Course is $695 for both the online and intensive classroom programs.
  • A fee of $250 is payable on registration with the balance of $445 payable prior to the first session.

  • All learning and study materials including PowerPoint slides, lecture materials and study notes, activities, case studies and solutions.
  • Peer learning through online discussion boards, monitored and reviewed by the course convenor
  • Quizzes
  • Exam and certification

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