CUS501 Customs Management Theory and Practice (16)


This subject examines key aspects of managing a Customs administration in the contemporary globalised world, including the role and responsibilities of Customs, key aspects of Customs policy and practice.  These issues include strategic and operational management issues, relevant international conventions and agreements, risk management in the Customs context, and international trends that impact on Customs such as social expectations, emerging technologies and the global economy.

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Session 1
DistanceCanberra Campus
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Subject information

Duration Grading System School:
One sessionHD/FLCentre for Customs and Excise Studies

Enrolment restrictions

Related subject(s)
CUS401 Paired Subject

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to analyse critically the roles and policy objectives of Customs administrations
  • be able to apply knowledge and skills to identify appropriate responses to strategic management issues
  • be able to evaluate different approaches to managing the import, export and transit of goods
  • be able to evaluate and analyse critically supply chain security issues and ways in which they may impact on Customs authorities
  • be able to evaluate and transform information to mitigate risks at the strategic and operational level
  • be able to evaluate critically the regulatory framework of a particular Customs authority against established international standards
  • be able to identify and assess critically key international instruments affecting Customs operations


The subject will cover the following topics:
  • The Customs Operational Environment
  • - Customs roles and responsibilities
  • - Customs organisations and structures
  • - International conventions and agreements
  • The Customs Management Environment
  • - Strategic management in Customs
  • - Information and communication technology management
  • - Managing international trends
  • International Movement of People and Goods
  • - International Travellers
  • - International trade
  • - Supply chain security
  • - WCO Framework of Standards
  • Facilitation and Compliance


The information contained in the 2016 CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: 06 September 2016. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.