CUS521 Customs Reform and Modernisation (8)


This subject will provide an in-depth study of the key aspects of customs reform and modernization including the rationale for modernisation, the relevant international conventions and agreements and best practice responses to external pressure to reform from the trading environment and the heightened focus on customs performance.

+ Subject Availability Modes and Location

Session 1
DistanceCanberra Campus
Session 2
DistanceCanberra Campus
Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: CUS521
Where differences exist between the Handbook and the SAL, the SAL should be taken as containing the correct subject offering details.

Subject information

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

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to explain and discuss critically the key concepts and rationale for customs reform and modernisation in the context of the otherwise negative impact on international trade flows and border regulation;
  • be able to locate and use key international instruments and research appropriate best practice responses to reform and modernisation and apply that research to practical and theoretical situations that they may face as border regulators and/or managers;
  • be able to identify and explain the practical impact on border regulation and management of the key concepts and the international trade obligations relating to reform and modernisation including identifying the major impediments to the change process and the techniques and strategies for design and implementation of a successful program of organisational change; and
  • be able to formulate appropriate and well-developed approaches to border policy, practice and procedure relating to reform and modernisation and to be able to communicate those approaches to others.


The subject will cover the following topics:
  • Pressures for reform
  • o International Trading Environment
  • o Trade Transaction costs
  • o Integrity
  • Planning for Reform
  • o Planning a Customs reform program ? Change Management
  • o Leadership and strategic planning
  • o Governance
  • Principles of Reform
  • o Techniques for Reform
  • o Policy, Practice & Process Redesign
  • Initiating Reform
  • o Implementing a Customs Reform Program
  • o External cooperation and partnership


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.