LAWS6214 - Goods & Services Taxation Principles A

This unit introduces the key concepts that underpin the Australian GST, the policies underlying the tax, and the way those policies are (or are not) reflected in the design of the GST law.

The aim is to give participants a working knowledge of the operation of the GST law and an awareness of the practical problems encountered in practice, informed by an understanding of the way in which the law is intended to operate.

The unit will commence with an examination of the basic design features of value added taxes in general and of Australia's GST in particular.

It will then examine the core elements of the GST law, including: the taxpayer (entities, enterprise, and the obligation to register for GST), the liability for tax on supplies made for consideration; the value of taxable supplies and the amount of GST payable on supplies; the entitlement to input tax credits and the range of subsequent adjustments that may be required; attributing GST and input tax credits to tax periods; adjustments for adjustment events; basic principles of GST-free and input taxed supplies (including an introduction to real property transactions and intermediation services, primarily focussing on financial supplies); basic cross-border issues, including the treatment of imports and exports.


Semester 1 2014
Wednesday Evenings 6-8pm
First class will commence on 26 February 2014

The timetable is subject to frequent changes. Please refer to the latest version of the Postgraduate Timetable.


  • Classwork/Test (35%)
  • 2-Hour Closed Book Exam (65%)
    (with pre-released exam questions)

A research essay may be undertaken in lieu of the exam with the permission of the Unit Coordinator.

Assumed Knowledge

Basic understanding of taxation law

Continuing Professional Development (CPD)

You can credit this unit towards Continuing Professional Development (CPD). Units of study that are part of Sydney Law School’s Postgraduate Program meet the necessary Mandatory Continuing Legal Education (MCLE) of the Law Society of New South Wales and the Continuing Professional Development (CPD) requirements of the New South Wales Bar Association. You may complete this unit of study by enrolling on a non-degree basis or on an audit basis only with no assessment via Single Unit Study.

Courses this unit is available in

Master of Laws | Graduate Diploma in Law | Master of Global Law | Master of Business Law | Master of Taxation | Graduate Diploma in Taxation | Master of International Taxation