Courses & Units

Risk and Estate Planning BFA509



Risk management is a complex, progressive and demanding industry based on the protection of individuals, businesses and governments against risk and financial catastrophe. Insurance is the foundation of our lives and the social and economic fabric of our society.
This unit will assist you to develop a clear appreciation of the Life Insurance sector of the financial services industry. Life insurance is the cornerstone of most financial plans and one of the most important areas in personal financial management.
The financial adviser must be aware of the need for and appropriate amount of life insurance and to match up the most suitable policy to meet the need within the client’s affordability.
Although there are a wide variety of different life insurance products to cater for different needs in the market today, the basic types of products have not changed significantly. It is important that the financial adviser understands these fundamentals and be able to recommend the appropriate products that will meet the client’s situation and needs.


Unit name Risk and Estate Planning
Unit code BFA509
Credit points 12.5
College/School College of Business & Economics
Tasmanian School of Business and Economics
Discipline Accounting and Accountability
Coordinator Doctor Roger Colbeck
Available as student elective? No
Delivered By Delivered wholly by the provider
Level Postgraduate


Location Study period Attendance options Available to
Hobart Semester 1 On-Campus Off-Campus International International Domestic Domestic


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Key Dates

Study Period Start date Census date WW date End date
Semester 1 21/2/2022 22/3/2022 11/4/2022 29/5/2022

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Learning Outcomes

  • Prepare and present appropriate personal risk insurance services, advice and products to clients.
  • Explain the use of risk management tools and describe and evaluate the application of insurance law and contracts.
  • Analyse and evaluate life insurance and estate planning strategies in financial planning scenarios.
  • Describe the estate planning and administration process and analyse and evaluate the process of drawing up of wills, the testamentary trust framework, powers of attorney, and pre-nuptial agreements within this.
  • Evaluate the importance of trusts, asset protection, types of powers of attorney and binding health directives and describe the legal frameworks around these concepts.
Field of Education Commencing Student Contribution 1 Grandfathered Student Contribution 1 Approved Pathway Course Student Contribution 2 Domestic Full Fee
080101 $1,828.00 $1,432.00 not applicable $2,702.00
  • Available as a Commonwealth Supported Place
  • HECS-HELP is available on this unit, depending on your eligibility3
  • FEE-HELP is available on this unit, depending on your eligibility4

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AssessmentTest or quiz (15%)|Project (50%)|Case Study (35%)
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You will need the following text:

Teale, J, S 2016, Insurance and Risk Management 3rd edition, Wiley Finance, Australia. (E Text version (E Text version  [available)


Taylor,S; Juchau,R 2019, Financial Planning in Australia 2019 essentials edition, LexisNexis Butterworths, Sydney

In addition to the texts (or software) recommended above, students are also expected to be familiar with the key academic journals in the discipline from which useful insights may be derived. In particular, students are encouraged to review regularly the relevant papers that are published in:

Financial planning is a dynamic area. Students are therefore urged to follow current events and developments in finance in the press.



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