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MLL227 - Superannuation Law


2020 unit information

Important Update:

Classes and seminars in Trimester 2, 2020 will be online.

Last updated: 2 June 2020

Enrolment modes:Trimester 2: Burwood (Melbourne), Cloud (online)
Credit point(s):1
Previously coded as:MLL317
EFTSL value:0.125
Unit Chair:Trimester 2: Rami Hanegbi
Cohort rule:

For Bachelor of Laws (including combined Law awards) students only


Students enrolled before 2020: MLL110
Students commencing from 2019: MLL110 and MLL113

Incompatible with: MLL317
Typical study commitment:

Students will on average spend 150 hours over the teaching period undertaking the teaching, learning and assessment activities for this unit.

Scheduled learning activities - campus:

1 x 2 hour class + 1 x 1 hour seminar per week

Scheduled learning activities - cloud:

2h class (recordings provided) + 1h online seminar per week


Due to its mandatory nature and the ageing of the population the superannuation sector is an increasingly important part of the economy.  This unit aims to give students a broad and practical understanding of the important aspects of superannuation law.  This includes giving students an understanding of the different type of superannuation funds, as well as many of the important rules regarding setting up and running complying superannuation funds. Some of the important issues that specifically affect the growing Self Managed Superannuation Fund (SMSF) sector will also be covered.

These are the Learning Outcomes (ULO) for this Unit


At the completion of this unit students can:

Deakin Graduate Learning Outcomes


interpret relate and evaluate  the growing importance of superannuation in the modern Australian economy.

GLO 1 Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities
GLO 2  Communication
GLO 3 Digital literacy
GLO 4  Critical thinking


interpret relate and evaluate  the different type of Superannuation funds that exist in Australia.

GLO 1 Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities


Interpret relate and evaluate  the more important laws that cover the operation of superannuation funds.

GLO 1 Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities

GLO 4  Critical thinking
GLO 5  Problem solving


interpret relate and evaluate  that Self Managed Superannuation Funds often have different laws and client needs.

GLO 1 Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities

GLO 5  Problem solving


analyse and judge the basics of the way superannuation is taxed.

GLO 1 Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities

GLO 5  Problem solving
GLO 6  Self-management


Understand dispute resolution in superannuation.

GLO 1 Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities

These Unit Learning Outcomes are applicable for all teaching periods throughout the year.


Assessment Description Student output Grading and weighting
(% total mark for unit)
Indicative due week 
Test 10 multiple choice questions 20% Week 8
Written assignment 1500 words 20% Week 9
Examination 2 hours 60% Exam period

The assessment due weeks provided may change. The Unit Chair will clarify the exact assessment requirements, including the due date, at the start of the teaching period.

Learning Resource

The texts and reading list for the unit can be found on the University Library via the link below: MLL227 Note: Select the relevant trimester reading list. Please note that a future teaching period's reading list may not be available until a month prior to the start of that teaching period so you may wish to use the relevant trimester's prior year reading list as a guide only.

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