Courses & Units

Commercial Law and Financial Services Regulation BFA514


This unit covers a range of interesting legal and financial planning regulatory topics. It teaches students how to analyse and solve legal problems and looks at the regulatory obligations that are imposed upon financial planners. It equips students with basic problem-solving techniques that are essential skills for those wishing to work in the field of financial planning.

The unit combines topics that are necessary to build an understanding of how basic legal concepts impact and assist business organisations and individuals in business. This includes an examination of: the sources of law; how to read and understand legislation and case law; basic business; 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 regulatory obligations of financial planners under the Corporations Act and other legislation and regulation that regulates providers of financial services and products. 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 recognising the ongoing regulatory obligations.


Unit name Commercial Law and Financial Services Regulation
Unit code BFA514
Credit points 12.5
College/School College of Business & Economics
Tasmanian School of Business and Economics
Discipline Accounting and Accountability
Coordinator Doctor John McLaren
Available as student elective? No
Delivered By University of Tasmania
Level Postgraduate


Location Study period Attendance options Available to
Hobart Winter school On-Campus Off-Campus International International Domestic Domestic


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Key Dates

Study Period Start date Census date WW date End date
Winter school 30/5/2022 7/6/2022 20/7/2022 10/7/2022

* The Final WW Date is the final date from which you can withdraw from the unit without academic penalty, however you will still incur a financial liability (see withdrawal dates explained for more information).

Unit census dates currently displaying for 2022 are indicative and subject to change. Finalised census dates for 2022 will be available from the 1st October 2021. Note census date cutoff is 11.59pm AEST (AEDT during October to March).

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Learning Outcomes

  • Describe the sources of law and legal principles relating to business organisations, contract, tort and consumer law and explain how business organisations are formed and the responsibilities relating to the creation and operation of them.
  • Apply legal knowledge and problem-solving skills to critically reflect on the effectiveness of the various forms of business organisations and the functions of financial planning.
  • Communicate in written form, an analysis of issues of business and corporate law, financial planning and their applications.
  • Describe and evaluate the regulation that applies to financial service providers (in relation to the provision of Financial Service Guides, Statements of Advice and Anti money laundering).
  • Describe and evaluate the requirements in relation to privacy legislation and the regulatory requirements for Tax advisors
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

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AssessmentTest or quiz (25%)|Examination - invigilated (externally - Exams Office) (50%)|Case Study (25%)
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