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.


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

Indicative Assessment

The following table summarises the assessment tasks for the online offering of CUS202 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 and journal work
Passenger control principles and techniques
Integration of api with risk management
Catdom case study  strategic recommendation

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.