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Our Faculty of Law has made units from the Master of Laws course available for continuing professional development.

We offer specific units in professional mediation if you want to get the skills and experience to work as a mediator.

Who should participate

Members of the law profession and experienced professionals from other discipline areas with a special interest in the field.



QUT Gardens Point
2 George St
Qld 4001


Registrations are now closed for 2017

Further courses are planned for 2018. Dates to be confirmed.


Registration fees to be confirmed.

2017 fee: $1,930 per unit (GST-free)

Credit eligibility

Continuing professional development (CPD) points

You may be eligible for 1 continuing professional development (CPD) point per hour of attendance.

Credit towards university study

If you complete these courses as a continuing professional education short course participant, you won't be eligible for credit towards postgraduate study at QUT.

You can complete some courses as units in our Master of Laws or individually as a single-unit study student.


For more information about course content or assessment, contact the Faculty of Law - Continuing Professional Education enquiries.

For registration or payments queries, contact the course manager at Continuing Professional Education.

Register your interest for future courses.


If you're registered to take a unit as continuing professional development (CPD), you must attend all classes.


You will receive all course notes as well as access to online teaching facilities, the QUT Library and QUT Law Library.


There is no assessment component for CPD participants unless specified in the unit outline.

Unit outlines and prerequisites

Advanced Taxation Law (LWN188CPE)

In most legal transactions, there is a requirement to consider and obtain taxation law advice. Such transactions range from buying and selling a business to finalising a property settlement in family law. Here we introduce and develop your knowledge of the principles underpinning taxation of certain entities, the impact of capital gains tax (CGT) and the goods and services tax (GST) on certain transactions, and other taxation matters such as superannuation, estate planning and the anti-avoidance provisions and international aspects of taxation law.

Conception, Birth and the Law (LWN149CPE)

Some aspects of human reproduction raise complex legal and ethical considerations. This unit considers the legal positions concerning both potential liability and technology in the context of reproduction in Australia and some overseas jurisdictions.

Cross Border Insolvency (LWN803CPE)

The aim of this unit is to introduce insolvency specialists to the essential features of select major insolvency systems and cross border insolvency regulation, including the UNCITRAL Model Law on Cross-border Insolvency and the European Insolvency Regulation; as well as to enable insolvency specialists to understand Australia's cross-border insolvency law, including the workings of the UNCITRAL Model Law on Cross-border Insolvency as it has been adopted in Australia and selected jurisdictions with which Australia trades, such as the United States, the United Kingdom and New Zealand.

Elder Law (LWN195CPE)

Elder Law is an emerging and dynamic field. This unit considers some of the identified issues such as: estate planning, capacity assessment, issues at the end of life, elder abuse, housing and care options and the financing of such, retirement incomes, superannuation, pension entitlements and 'reverse mortgages'; as well as areas for potential reform. The impact of areas of law as they relate to the rights and responsibilities of elders, such as succession law, equity and trusts, health law, and anti-discrimination law, will be considered.

Family Law (LWN208CPE)

Professionals assisting clients who are experiencing relationship breakdown may be involved in helping them to resolve disputes about parenting and financial issues, providing support to cope with separation or providing assistance to seek protection from family violence. Some may be involved in providing protection to children from abuse. Their role is to assist their clients find the most appropriate forms of dispute resolution and to minimise the conflict experienced by family members, particularly where there are children. Here we aim to provide you, as a professional working in the family law system, with an understanding of the family law system, the various options for the resolution of disputes, the relevant law and social science research and how it is applied in practice.

Financial Services and Consumer Law (LWN325CPE)

Here we focus on the regulatory framework governing the relationship between financial services providers and retail consumers. We cover the main aspects of consumer regulation that is applicable to all types of consumer financial services (deposit-taking, insurance, investments, superannuation and consumer credit), as well as some key product-specific obligations.

Health Care Law and Ethics (LWN164CPE)

The relationship between law and ethics in healthcare is critical but at times contested. This unit explores that relationship, aiming to lay the foundations of an advanced understanding of law and ethics as they relate to healthcare.

International Environmental Law (LWN049CPE)

International environmental law is a dynamic area of international law with implications for the management of natural resources both in Australia and at the global level. Here we introduce the fundamental principles structuring international environmental law, the principal institutions, cases and treaties in this field and explore the impact of international environmental obligations on natural resource management in Australia.

Internet Law (LWN117CPE)

Here we examine legal and policy issues relating to the Internet. The unit will consider the application of existing legal principles to 'cyberspace' as well as newly developed Internet Law or Cyber law principles. Knowledge of Internet Law is of increasing importance in many areas of legal practice and industry and to society more generally. This is a new area of activity and it is important to educate lawyers and other professionals on the unique issues that have arisen and will emerge in this area, in particular the difficulty in regulating the distributed international network of computers known as the 'Internet'.

Mining and Energy Law (LWN094CPE)

Mining and energy law is the law relating to the ownership, use, development and control of those natural resources which are used to produce energy for the benefit of the community. Areas covered include: the sources and history of mining and energy law; the principles and concepts underlying mining and energy law; the common law rules of ownership of sources of energy; statutory ownership of sources of energy; how the law regulates access to sources of energy; how the law controls the development of sources of energy, offshore petroleum and minerals regulation, renewable energy regulation, mining, energy and climate change, and mining agreement and revenue framework.

Principles of Australian Contract Law (LWN301CPE)

Although grounded in principles of English common law, Australian contract law has, like many other areas of Australian law, developed a distinctly Australian slant, particularly in the last 20 years. These emerging principles, as well as the more fundamental contract law concepts, will be explored in this unit. Where appropriate, emphasis will be placed on the legal principles applicable in Queensland.

Privacy Law (LWN139CPE)

This unit considers and analyses concepts of privacy law as they apply both in Australia and internationally. It examines legal and policy issues relating to privacy and information security and addresses the impact that these issues will have on commercial practice and personal liberties in Australia.

Mediation units

Our professional mediation course gives you the skills and accreditation required to become a professional mediator. Mediators resolve disputes in a range of diverse fields, including legal, workplace, educational and consumer settings.

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Register your interest for future courses.

Register your interest

Email Continuing Professional Education to register your interest for future courses and we'll contact you when dates are confirmed and registrations open.


When you register for the course, you will create an account with us. You'll need to pay your fees online by credit or debit card.

You will be able to access your account, including your invoice, using your email address and password.

FEE-HELP and HECS-HELP are not available for Continuing Professional Education courses.


To cancel your registration, you must apply in writing to the course manager at Continuing Professional Education.

If you cancel 10 business days before the course commences, you will receive a partial refund, i.e. full amount minus a non-refundable $100 registration fee. No registration refunds will be made after this time.

We reserve the right to cancel the course under certain circumstances, such as low registration numbers. If this happens, we will advise you as soon as possible, and give you a full refund. We are not responsible for any expenses you may have incurred if the course is cancelled.