CUS101 Border Agencies and Principles of Border Management (16)

This subject introduces students to an extensive range of border management issues including policy, legislation, compliance management, and economic and social impact. Comparative international studies and the application of international norms and legislation in areas such as migration, security, customs and quarantine are a key aspect of this subject.


Session 1 (30)
Canberra Campus
Session 2 (60)
Canberra Campus

Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: CUS101. 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 a knowledge and understanding of the internationally recognised government structures for border management.
  • be able to demonstrate a knowledge and understanding of the policy responses of government to border issues.
  • be able to analyse and interpret international and national developments affecting border integrity and security
  • be able to apply international legal principles and best practice administrative approaches to border management issues.
  • be able to demonstrate an informed understanding of the role of customs and border agencies and their environment
  • be able to critically assess the challenges faced by customs and border agencies in the delivery of their services
  • be able to demonstrate an understanding of the impact of international organisations, treaties and conventions on border management
  • be able to demonstrate an in-depth understanding of the principles of strategic planning in border management
  • be able to identify and articulate solutions to selected issues and problems in the border management context.


This subject will cover the following topics:
  • Overview of border management: the concept of border management and Historical perspective
  • Agency roles and responsibilities: Customs Immigration Quarantine & Agriculture Police Other agencies
  • Border management environment: Regulatory environment, Physical environment, Information and environment, control environment
  • Border management principles and techniques: Operational Risk Management and Intelligence gathering, analysis & dissemination, compliance management, use of information and communication technology
  • Border management approaches: Integrated Border Management, Coordinated Border Management and Collaborative Border Management
  • Contemporary and emerging issues: Global issues Regional & local issues

Indicative Assessment

The following table summarises the assessment tasks for the online offering of CUS101 in Session 2 2021. Please note this is a guide only. Assessment tasks are regularly updated and can also differ to suit the mode of study (online or on campus).

Item Number
Value %
On-line participation
Border environment and the role of agencies
Contemporary challenges and strategies
Border agencies and border management principles

The information contained in the CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: May 2022. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.