CUS401 Customs Management Theory and Practice (16)

This subject introduces students to key features of managing a Customs Administration in the contemporary globalised world, including the role and responsibilities of Customs, Customs policy and practice, 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.

Subject Outlines
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Session 1 (30)
On Campus
Port Macquarie Campus
Canberra Campus
Session 2 (60)
Canberra Campus

Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: CUS401. 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 analyse critically the roles and policy objectives of Customs administrations
  • be able to apply specialised knowledge and skills to identify appropriate responses to strategic management issues and policy objectives including management of risk, information and informed compliance
  • be able to evaluate critically different approaches and operational practices 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 explain key international instruments affecting Customs operations
  • be able to formulate appropriate and well-developed approaches to address complex problems such as control, revenue protection and environmental change in the border management context and be able to communicate those approaches to others


This 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, Risk and Compliance management, 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
  • Best practice


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.