CUS202 International Air and Sea Passengers (16)

In this subject students examine passenger operations at airports, seaports, and land border crossings.  Students will gain the technical knowledge and skills to apply relevant passenger control techniques in various operational environments, identify risk factors and solve problems associated with passenger processing. 

Subject Outlines
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Session 1 (30)
Canberra Campus
Session 2 (60)
Canberra Campus
Term 1 (75)
Canberra Campus
Term 2 (15)
Canberra Campus

Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: CUS202. Where differences exist between the Handbook and the SAL, the SAL should be taken as containing the correct subject offering details.

Subject Information

Grading System



One session


Centre for Customs and Excise Studies

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to demonstrate an in-depth understanding of the international standards relating to the processing of passengers and be able to evaluate the application of such standards in their own border management environment
  • be able to demonstrate a broad knowledge of the processes and techniques used in effective examination of both passengers and baggage
  • be able to critically evaluate the effectiveness of passenger processing techniques in particular operational settings
  • be able to research, identify and detail how recent technological advances can be used in the effective processing of passengers
  • be able to demonstrate a broad knowledge of the importance of document examination, risk assessment, questioning, and the preservation of evidence in the effective examination of both passengers and baggage
  • be able to evaluate critically the manner in which international trends may impact on passenger processing, including emerging technologies, economic imperatives and international standards and pressures
  • be able to identify and communicate clearly the relevant issues raised by a passenger processing scenario, analyse the implications of the issues and propose appropriate actions


This subject will cover the following topics:
  • The passenger processing environment: Role of agencies; Security, regulation and facilitation; Tourism and duty free ; Air, sea and land environments
  • Passenger Control: Principles & Techniques: International standards: accessing and utilizing passenger data; World Customs Organisation's Revised Kyoto Convention; Chicago Convention on Civil Aviation, 1947, Annex 9 (Facilitation); United Nations Convention Concerning Customs Facilities for Touring; Recent Initiatives; Advance Passenger Information (API); Accessing and Utilizing Carriers' Reservation and Departure Control System Data
  • Risk assessment, profiling, and targeting of passengers: Documentary Assessment and Examination; Risk Assessment, Profiling and Targeting of Passengers
  • Observational skills and techniques: Behavioural Analysis/Body Language; Passenger Processing; Questioning Techniques; Baggage Examination; Personal Search Techniques; Application and Use of Non-intrusive Technology
  • Evidence and Safety: Gathering and Preservation of Evidence, Conflict Resolution and Negotiation Techniques, Safety, Trends in technology


Current Students

For any enquiries about subject selection or course structure please contact Student Central or or phone on 1800 275 278.

Prospective Students

For further information about Charles Sturt University, or this course offering, please contact info.csu on 1800 275 278 (free call within Australia) or enquire online.

The information contained in the 2018 CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: August 2018. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.