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Principles of Australian International Tax - ATAX0620

School:  Aus School of Tax and Bus Law
Course Outline: See below
Campus: ATAX Campus
Career: Undergraduate
Units of Credit: 6
EFTSL: 0.12500 (more info)
Indicative Contact Hours per Week: 0
Enrolment Requirements:
Prerequisite: ATAX0001, ATAX0009
Equivalent: ATAX0020
Excluded: ATAX0320, ATAX0420, ATAX0520
CSS Contribution Charge:Band 1 (more info)
Further Information: See Class Timetable


This course provides a broad overview of the most important elements of Australian tax law as it affects international transactions (whether involving the movement of funds, of property or of people). It examines the policy issues in international taxation, the framework of Australian rules, the basis upon which Australian tax jurisdiction is exercised (ie, residence in Australia and source of income) and examines the manner in which Australia taxes Australian source income of non-residents and foreign source income of Australian residents (including foreign source income of controlled foreign corporations and trusts which is attributed to Australian resident controllers) as well as the operation of Australia's Double Tax Agreements and international anti avoidance provisions.

Recommended Prior Knowledge

None. Students are advised to complete this course or its equivalent before proceeding to other postgraduate courses dealing with off-shore elements of the Australian tax system.

Course Objectives

After completing this course you should be able to:
  • Summarise the framework of Australia's rules for taxation of residents and non residents
  • Identify key issues in the Australian tax treatment of residents in a given fact situation
  • Identify key issues in the Australian tax treatment of non residents in a given fact situation
  • Explain your response to the above issues both orally and in writing
  • Analyse the effects of Australian international tax rules using international tax policy considerations

Main Topics

  • Introduction to international tax issues
  • Residence rules
  • Source rules
  • Taxation of non-residents
  • Australian taxation of foreign source income of residents
  • International anti-avoidance provisions


2 Assignments
1 Exam

Course Texts

There is no prescribed textbook for this course. Relevant readings will be provided in the Study Materials.

Refer to Course Profile supplied by Lecturer.

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