CUS521 Customs Reform and Modernisation (8)

This subject will provide an in-depth study of the key aspects of customs reform and modernization including the rationale for modernisation, the relevant international conventions and agreements and best practice responses to external pressure to reform from the trading environment and the heightened focus on customs performance.


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

Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: CUS521. 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 explain and discuss critically the key concepts and rationale for customs reform and modernisation in the context of the otherwise negative impact on international trade flows and border regulation;
  • be able to locate and use key international instruments and research appropriate best practice responses to reform and modernisation and apply that research to practical and theoretical situations that they may face as border regulators and/or managers;
  • be able to identify and explain the practical impact on border regulation and management of the key concepts and the international trade obligations relating to reform and modernisation including identifying the major impediments to the change process and the techniques and strategies for design and implementation of a successful program of organisational change; and
  • be able to formulate appropriate and well-developed approaches to border policy, practice and procedure relating to reform and modernisation and to be able to communicate those approaches to others.


This subject will cover the following topics:
  • Pressures for reform
  • o International Trading Environment
  • o Trade Transaction costs
  • o Integrity
  • Planning for Reform
  • o Planning a Customs reform program ? Change Management
  • o Leadership and strategic planning
  • o Governance
  • Principles of Reform
  • o Techniques for Reform
  • o Policy, Practice & Process Redesign
  • Initiating Reform
  • o Implementing a Customs Reform Program
  • o External cooperation and partnership

Indicative Assessment

The following table summarises the assessment tasks for the online offering of CUS521 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
Principles of customs reform & modernization
A plan to reform and modernise catdom customs

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.