UNSW Tax Clinic – Enrolled Students

Get real-world experience under professional supervision, fine-tune your technical skills, and develop your professional skills – all while giving back to the community!


The UNSW Tax Clinic course run by the UNSW School of Accounting, Auditing and Taxation is an experiential, Work Integrated Learning (WIL) course which gives students the opportunity to support the UNSW Tax Clinic's real-world clients, and work under supervision to resolve their tax and accounting issues.

Comprising both a clinical component (1 full day each week of Term) and a skills-based webinar component (1.5 hours per fortnight), you will undertake work for the Clinic's financially and socially disadvantaged clients and apply your theoretical tax and accounting knowledge in a practical way.

The clinical component involves working under the professional supervision of CA/CPA-qualified registered tax agents, where you will have hands-on experience designing and delivering community rights-based tax education and business education initiatives, and assisting clients (under supervision) with tax and accounting advice. The fortnightly webinar component will provide opportunities for deeper reflection, including identifying systemic issues (or 'hot' topics) in the design and operation of the tax and transfer system and the accounting regulatory framework, advancing technical knowledge on these 'hot' topics, and allowing for discussion and analysis of your clinical experiences.

UNSW Tax Clinic's clients are financially and socially disadvantaged individuals and small businesses. You will support these real-world clients and develop your leadership skills through education initiatives and policy projects.

This course is offered in Term 1, Term 2 and Term 3.

Applications are now open for Term 3 2021 and Terms 1–3 2022.

Shortlisted students will be called in for an interview round. After the interviews, the selection committee will advise you of the outcome of your application via your student email account.

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We welcome both undergraduate and postgraduate students to join us (in either TABL3033 or TABL5933).

Undergraduate students must have:

  • enrolled in:
    • Bachelor of Commerce 
  • enrolled in this course as either a ‘Prescribed Work Integrated Learning (WIL) Course’ (for students studying an Accounting major) or as a ‘Final Year Synthesis Course’ (for students studying other majors, including a Taxation major)
  • completed or currently enrolled in Business Taxation (TABL2751)
  • good academic standing (minimum 65 WAM)
  • completed Career Accelerator: Essentials OR COMM1999 myBCom First Year Portfolio
    • Login using student-enrolment key: Career_Accelerator
  • are not enrolled in the Co-op Program
  • an up-to-date LinkedIn profile with professional photo

Postgraduate students must have:
enrolled in: 

  • Master of Professional Accounting (Extension) program,
    • Master of Commerce,
    • Master of Commerce (Extension),
    • Master of Professional Accounting (Extension), or
    • Master of Financial Analysis.
  • completed or currently enrolled in Taxation Law (TABL5551) and/or completed Business Taxation (TABL2751/LAWS3751) or equivalent in bachelor degree.
  • good academic standing (minimum 65 WAM)
  • willing to complete Career Accelerator: Essentials
  • Login using student-enrolment key: Career_Accelerator
  • are not enrolled in the Co-op Program
  • an up-to-date LinkedIn profile with professional photo

Places are limited and only offered on a competitive Expression of Interest (EOI) process.  

Please ensure you meet the Eligibility Criteria before submitting your application.  

Shortlisted students will be called in for an interview round. After the interviews, the selection committee will advise you of the outcome of your application via your student email account.    

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InPlace is UNSW’s new enterprise wide platform for managing Work Integrated Learning (WIL) experiences for UNSW students across all schools and faculties. The Tax Clinic will be using InPlace to track and manage all Placements. The first step in this process is for a student to submit an Expression of Interest (EOI) in InPlace for a Tax Clinic Placement.

InPlace can be accessed via https://placements.unsw.edu.au by simply entering your zID and zPass. When you first access InPlace a ‘Quick Tour’ is also available to assist you with basic navigation.

Please follow the steps below to submit an EOI for the Tax Clinic once you have logged into InPlace.

  • Go into your 'My Details' section under your username to update the 'Tax Clinic - Expression of Interest for Enrolment' section (please note, complete each section and hit 'Submit')
  • You can also access this section via the 'To Do' section of your Home page
  • Once all sections are completed and submitted, this will be passed on to UNSW Staff for review
  • You will be advised of the outcome but can also check InPlace for progress on the EOI and any future Placements
  • You will be able to view any 'Confirmed' Placements in InPlace and complete further information as needed

For any questions or assistance with InPlace please email; inplace@unsw.edu.au

The course is graded on a Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory basis. 

The course has three components: Webinar Presentations (20%), Clinical Performance (60%), Reflective Report (20%). 

Student Testimonials

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Ayu Nerina Maisara Binti Khalid

Thank you once again for the meaningful opportunity to be part of the clinic. I believe the practical experience, skills and mentorship I gained have successfully landed me a graduate role as a Tax Consultant within the Financial Advisory division at PwC Australia. I hope the clinic continues to prosper with more success stories as well as improving social justice outcomes in the community.

- Ayu (TABL3033, T2 2019)

 

Kenny Keng Shun Soh

This course has definitely improved my knowledge on not just the academic aspect of tax-related topics, but also my practical skills when working with clients in the future. Thanks to this course, I am certain I want to pursue a career in taxation.

- Kenny (TABL3033, T2 2019)