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Tax in Practice (LAWS90159)

Graduate courseworkPoints: 12.5On Campus (Parkville)

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Year of offer2019
Subject levelGraduate coursework
Subject codeLAWS90159
Availability(Quotas apply)
Semester 1
FeesSubject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date

Today’s tax professional requires a combination of technical tax expertise and a deep understanding of the practical aspects of providing tax advice. This subject will be presented in a panel style and cover the latest developments in the essential practical skills required by employers in the tax profession.

The emphasis of this subject will be on equipping you with the practical aspects of dealing with the day to day issues you will encounter as a tax practitioner. You will learn how to draft clear, concise and effective advice and the importance of managing tax risk. The subject will also arm you with the skills required to draft ruling applications and objections and understand your legal obligations as a tax adviser.

The subject will be presented by leading silks, partners and tax practitioners. It presents a unique opportunity to benefit from their extensive experience.

Principal topics include:

  • Negotiating with revenue authorities during audit, dispute and litigation
  • Understanding the various forms of advice provided by the Australian Taxation Office
  • The operation of legal professional privilege in the taxation environment
  • The obligations of the tax advisor
  • Taxpayer redress.

Intended learning outcomes

A student who has successfully completed this subject will:

  • Have an advanced and integrated understanding of the practical aspects of providing tax advice
  • Be able to critically examine and analyse the requirements of the key documents that need to be prepared in practice
  • Be an engaged participant in debate regarding emerging and contemporary issues in relation to tax practice
  • Have a sophisticated appreciation of the tax dispute process
  • Have a detailed understanding of the tax advisor's legal and practical obligations
  • Have the cognitive and technical skills to generate critical and creative ideas relating to the practical aspects of tax practice
  • Have the cognitive and technical skills to independently examine, research and analyse the key elements and features of effective tax advice
  • Have the communication skills to clearly articulate and convey complex information to specialist and non-specialist audiences.

Eligibility and requirements





Non-allowed subjects

This subject is not available to students who have undertaken:

Code Name Teaching period Credit Points
LAWS70318 Tax Practice: Writing Effectively 12.5

Recommended background knowledge

Applicants without legal qualifications should note that subjects are offered in the discipline of law at an advanced graduate level. While every effort will be made to meet the needs of students trained in other fields, concessions will not be made in the general level of instruction or assessment. Most subjects assume the knowledge usually acquired in a degree in law (LLB, JD or equivalent). Applicants should note that admission to some subjects in the Melbourne Law Masters will be dependent upon the individual applicant’s educational background and professional experience.

Core participation requirements

The Melbourne Law Masters welcomes applications from students with disabilities. The inherent academic requirements for study in the Melbourne Law Masters are:

  • The ability to attend a minimum of 75% of classes and actively engage in the analysis and critique of complex materials and debate;
  • The ability to read, analyse and comprehend complex written legal materials and complex interdisciplinary materials;
  • The ability to clearly and independently communicate in writing a knowledge and application of legal principles and interdisciplinary materials and to critically evaluate these;
  • The ability to clearly and independently communicate orally a knowledge and application of legal principles and interdisciplinary materials and critically evaluate these;
  • The ability to work independently and as a part of a group;
  • The ability to present orally and in writing legal analysis to a professional standard.

Students who feel their disability will inhibit them from meeting these inherent academic requirements are encouraged to contact Student Equity and Disability Support.



  • Written assignment 1 (2,500 - 3,000 words) (50%) (15 April)
  • Written assignment 2 (2,500 - 3,000 words) (50%) (17 June)

A minimum of 75% attendance is a hurdle requirement.

Quotas apply to this subject

Dates & times

  • Semester 1
    CoordinatorJennifer Batrouney
    Mode of deliveryOn Campus — Parkville
    Contact hours24 hours
    Total time commitment150 hours
    Teaching period 4 March 2019 to 2 June 2019
    Last self-enrol date27 February 2019
    Census date31 March 2019
    Last date to withdraw without fail10 May 2019
    Assessment period ends28 June 2019

    Semester 1 contact information


    Jennifer Batrouney QC, Coordinator

    Email: law-masters@unimelb.edu.au
    Phone: +61 3 8344 6190
    Website: law.unimelb.edu.au

Additional delivery details

This subject has a quota of 30 students.

Enrolment is on a first come, first served basis. Waitlists are maintained for subjects that are fully subscribed.

Students should note priority of places in subjects will be given as follows:

  • To currently enrolled Graduate Diploma and Masters students with a satisfactory record in their degree
  • To other students enrolling on a single subject basis, eg Community Access Program (CAP) students, cross-institutional study and cross-faculty study.

Please refer to the Melbourne Law Masters website for further information about the management of subject quotas and waitlists.

Further information

  • Texts

    Prescribed texts

    Specialist materials will be made available free of charge from the Melbourne Law School prior to the pre-teaching period.

  • Available through the Community Access Program

    About the Community Access Program (CAP)

    This subject is available through the Community Access Program (also called Single Subject Studies) which allows you to enrol in single subjects offered by the University of Melbourne, without the commitment required to complete a whole degree.

    Entry requirements including prerequisites may apply. Please refer to the CAP applications page for further information.

  • Available to Study Abroad and/or Study Exchange Students

    This subject is available to students studying at the University from eligible overseas institutions on exchange and study abroad. Students are required to satisfy any listed requirements, such as pre- and co-requisites, for enrolment in the subject.

Last updated: 3 April 2019