Courses & Units

Commercial Law and Estate Planning BFA514


The 2020 unit offering details for the Graduate Diploma of Financial Planning are currently being confirmed. In the meantime, please contact with any queries regarding this course.


This unit covers a wide range of interesting legal topics and teaches students how to analyse, and solve legal problems, all essential skills for those wishing to work in the field of financial planning. The unit combines topics that are necessary for a consideration of business and corporate law including: examining the role and functions of the main regulators currently operating in the Australian financial services industry; the sources of law in Australia; how to read and understand legislation and case law; basic business organisations; contract law principles, (including a consideration of terms in a contract and rights on breach of contract); liability in tort law; agency and consumer law; Australian corporate law and corporate governance principles. This unit also provides you with an introduction to the process of estate planning – which is the process of planning to ensure that the value of a person's assets continues to grow after they die. In financial planning, a great deal of time is spent on developing strategies so that individuals can accumulate wealth while they are alive. Much less time is spent on organising strategies that will enable these assets to continue to accumulate after the individual dies.


Unit name Commercial Law and Estate Planning
Unit code BFA514
Credit points 12.5
Faculty/School College of Business & Economics
Tasmanian School of Business and Economics
Discipline Accounting and Corporate Governance

Roger Colbeck

Level Postgraduate
Available as student elective? No
Breadth Unit? No


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Learning Outcomes

LO1Describe and evaluate the sources of law and legal principles relating business trading structure.
LO2Describe the sources of law and legal principles relating to consumers.
LO3Research legal principles and knowledge (statute law and case law) using problem solving skills in a variety of situations.
LO4Demonstrate an understanding of the estate planning process.
LO5Evaluate the importance of trusts (including testamentary trusts) and asset protection.



Band Field of Education
3 080101

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Internal Assessments (40%); Examination (60%).

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