The aim of this unit is to introduce students to the general principles of the taxation laws of Australia through a study of the Income Tax Assessment Act 1936, Income Tax Assessment Act 1997 and other important legislative provisions as well as a study of the common law applying to taxation principles.

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NOT COMPATIBLE: BLB3134 Taxation Law PRE-REQUSITE: Before undertaking this unit, students must have successfully completed either BLO1105 Business Law OR BLB1102 Contracts 1. PROHIBITION: Law students that are not enrolled in BBLL or LHLB cannot undertake this unit.

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. Elucidate an understanding of theoretical and technical knowledge of taxation law principles as they apply through both legislation and common law;  
  2. Apply taxation law for both individuals and business entities in Australia;  
  3. Apply taxation principles to make basic calculations as required by a practitioner in taxation practice;  
  4. Resolve tax problems by applying common law and legislation in Australia's tax system, including the Tax Agent Services Act 2009; and  
  5. Evaluate and utilise the various agencies and administrative bodies who can give further information on taxation issues as required.  


Melbourne campuses

Students studying under the VU Block Model.

Assessment type Description Grade
Test Online quiz 15%
Presentation Presentation 15%
Assignment Written assignment – letter of advice 30%
Test In-class final test 40%

Other locations

Assessment type Description Grade
Test Online quiz 15%
Assignment Written assignment - letter of advice 35%
Test In-class final test 50%

Required reading

Principles of Taxation Law.
Sadiq, K., Black, C., Hanegbi, R., Jogarajan, S., Krever, R., Obst, W., & Ting, A. (2021).
Melbourne: Thomson Reuters.

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