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Atax delivers tax education across Australia and overseas. It aims to educate tax professionals from all sectors of the tax profession - accounting and legal majors, the tax groups of large and medium sized corporations, smaller accounting and law firms and revenue authorities. The programs we offer have been developed through intensive consultation with a wide range of experts with interests in the accounting and legal professions and within UNSW.

Who Can Help?
General correspondence and telephone enquiries relating to Student and Program Administration should be directed to:
Faculty of Law Student Services Office
Tel: (02) 9385 2227
Fax: (02) 9385 9515

Postal Address:
Faculty of Law
The University of New South Wales
UNSW Sydney NSW 2052
Contact details for Academic and General Staff can be found in the Atax Student Guide or on the Atax website:

Academic Support

A range of different academic support services is provided by Atax through the Academic Support Coordinator. These include support packages on general study skills, basic grammar and writing skills and advanced tax research and writing skills.

Atax recognises students come to the program from a broad range of backgrounds. We are responsive to the diverse needs of students and provide both formal and informal academic support options.

Two support classes are conducted each semester for new students. These are intended for new students, although continuing students are also welcome to participate. These support classes provide an opportunity for students to discuss general study skills and examination preparation issues in a relatively informal environment. Students are also encouraged to refer to the UNSW Learning Centre ( and the Atax Student Guide.

The Academic Support Coordinator is regularly available for informal consultation and can direct students to appropriate resources and services. Additional support services are provided through the UNSW Learning Centre and other units. The Atax Academic Support Coordinator is the primary contact person for students seeking access to such services. The Student Services Office is able to provide contact details.

Library Support

The UNSW Freehills Law Library supports the teaching and research needs of the Faculty of Law and students studying law-related subjects in other faculties. Additional information may be found in the Atax Student Guide in the 'Library Guide' section.

Enrolment Procedures

Enrolment procedures for Atax programs vary slightly from conventional mode programs. Students are encouraged to finalise their enrolment early and should refer to information distributed by the Student Services and via the Atax website prior to the commencement of each semester.

Sources of Information

It is important that students familiarise themselves with various documents and sources of information available. These include the Atax website ( and the Atax Student Guide.

Atax Website
You can access the Atax website at In addition to general information about Atax, program and course information is available. The website also includes details of conferences and special events, links to individual lecturers' web pages, continuing education opportunities, relevant research links and Library Online.

Atax Student Guide
The Atax Student Guide provides ready access to the basics of Atax administration and contains other study resource materials. This guide provides an essential reference point for the Atax student, with contact lists, administration information, calendar of events, assessment procedures and a Library Guide. The Student Guide is a concise, one-stop source of information for the majority of your needs as an Atax student. Information will also be updated by way of the Atax website.


Orientation sessions for new students are usually held prior to the commencement of each semester. Study Materials will be dispatched to students prior to Orientation. Orientation serves both academic and administrative purposes, as well as giving students the opportunity to meet lecturers and fellow students.
It is expected that all new students will attend their Orientation session.

Delivery Modes

Courses in the Atax postgraduate programs can be studied via flexible distance study, in face to face classes or intensive classes. Assessment remains the same for all modes of delivery. Students will be able to choose the delivery mode that suits best. All Atax students will receive a set of Study Materials for each course they are enrolled in and have access to UNSW Blackboard. Blackboard is a Learning Management System that complements Atax's teaching - Study Materials, past examination papers, feedback, discussion forums and online links are available from this site.

Flexible Distance
This mode of study utilises a combination of Audio Conferences, Regional Classes and Blackboard, allowing study from anywhere in Australia or overseas. For each course there are usually four Audio Conferences per semester and students are encouraged to attend. There is also a one-day Regional Class for most courses and these are usually held in metropolitan centres across the country or via webinar during Weeks 9 of the semester.

Students may find the learning environment differs significantly from traditional campus-based study. Students should refer to the Atax Student Guide (provided with Study Materials) or visit for full information regarding facilities available:
  • Study Materials
  • Audio Conferences
  • Webinars
  • UNSW Blackboard
  • Regional Classes (a one-day face to face class in some metropolitan centres or via webinar)
  • Informal Study Groups
Face-to-face weekly classes
Atax offers face-to-face evening classes in Sydney's CBD for a selection of postgraduate courses. The classes are held at UNSW CBD Campus, Level 6, 1 O'Connell Street, Sydney between 6.00 pm and 8.00 pm on a weekday evening (depending on course selected). Class sizes are limited to a maximum of 40 students, so students are assured of a quality educational experience.

Students studying via this mode are provided with Study Materials, but do not attend Audio Conferences, Webinars or Regional Classes. Students are required to maintain a minimum 80% attendance rate. Further information on the courses on offer in this mode is available on the Atax website:

Intensive Courses
Some Atax courses can also be studied face to face via Intensive mode. Intensive classes enable students to complete the required coursework for the course in four days. These classes are held at Atax UNSW. Classes will normally run from 9.30 - 5.00 pm. For information on courses offered and dates, please refer to the Atax website at

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© The University of New South Wales (CRICOS Provider No.: 00098G), 2004-2011. The information contained in this Handbook is indicative only. While every effort is made to keep this information up-to-date, the University reserves the right to discontinue or vary arrangements, programs and courses at any time without notice and at its discretion. While the University will try to avoid or minimise any inconvenience, changes may also be made to programs, courses and staff after enrolment. The University may also set limits on the number of students in a course.