Courses & Units

Retirement Planning BFA608


This unit provides background information on the demographic trends in Australia and gives an overview of the compulsory superannuation system that operates within Australia. Within the financial planning industry, retirement planning forms an important part of advisory services.
This unit will enhance your knowledge of the matters relating to superannuation and retirement planning for advisors in the financial services industry. The unit examines both the merits and processes in investing in superannuation for retirement purposes.
Working through this unit should help you understand the dynamics determining the responsibilities of investing with superannuation and the range of investment and legislative implications. The unit will cover other important considerations necessary for participants of the superannuation industry and features including, taxation concessions, allowable contributions and income streams, setting up and winding down a SMSF, estate planning and social security.


Unit name Retirement Planning
Unit code BFA608
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 University of Tasmania
Level Postgraduate


Location Study period Attendance options Available to
Hobart Semester 2 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 2 11/7/2022 9/8/2022 29/8/2022 16/10/2022

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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 superannuation in the Australian context.
  • Analyse and calculate the taxation implications re superannuation.
  • Analyse retirement and superannuation products and make appropriate choices for client specific situations.
  • Develop strategies and provide advisory recommendations on superannuation and retirement planning.
  • Explain the Social Security environment with respect to superannuation and retirement planning.
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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