CUS302 Supply Chain Security (16)

This subject provides students with both theoretical and practical appreciation of the operation of a global sourcing model. It introduces students to the threat terrorism poses to international trade and the roles that Customs and industry play to achieve supply chain security. Students will examine critically the various regulatory responses and initiatives introduced following the terrorist attacks on the United States in September 2001.


Session 1 (30)
Canberra Campus
Session 2 (60)
Canberra Campus
Term 1 (75)
Canberra Campus

Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: CUS302. 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 operation of a global sourcing model
  • be able to articulate the roles of the members of a typical supply chain
  • be able to demonstrate an in-depth understanding of the key concepts of international supply chain management
  • be able to discuss and evaluate critically practical and topical international supply chain security initiatives and issues
  • be able to assess critically the role that both Customs and business plays in securing international trade
  • be able to assess and apply the principles contained in the WCO Framework of Standards to a supply chain scenario


This subject will cover the following topics:
  • Background to supply chain security
  • Impact of international terrorism
  • U.S. Response: CSI including 24 Hour Rule, CT-PAT, TSA Air Cargo Security Regulations
  • International Response: WCO Framework of Standards, IMO port and ship security, ICAO Annex 17, Authorised Economic Operators (AEOs)
  • Regional Response: EU, Secure Trade in APEC Region (STAR)
  • The role of Customs in securing international trade
  • The role of business in securing international trade
  • Detection and security technology
  • The potential improvement to trade from supply chain security

Indicative Assessment

The following table summarises the assessment tasks for the online offering of CUS302 in Session 2 2020. 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
Global sourcing model
Supply chain security roles
Impact of new initiatives

The information contained in the CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: May 2021. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.