Bachelor of Border Management

Course Overview

Charles Sturt University’s Bachelor of Border Management equips students with the fundamental knowledge and skills in the field of customs and border management and has been designed for people engaged in government and in the trading community nationally and overseas. This degree will also provide improved credentials for those seeking employment opportunities in border management and associated professions.

The course has been designed by the Centre for Customs and Excise Studies (CCES) with industry, government and international agency collaboration, including the World Customs Organization (WCO). CCES is the world’s leading provider of training and education in the highly specialised area of customs and border management. CCES has established a global reputation for its work in helping to strengthen the organisational capability and professional standards of customs and other border enforcement agencies globally.

Customs and other aspects of border management play a vital role in the economy, trade and national security of all countries. This creates demand for government agencies and private sector companies to develop expertise in these areas. The course is practical and draws heavily on case studies and assessment directly relevant to the students’ workplace, enabling them to integrate their learning with their work through disciplines including law, public administration and management. Graduates will gain advanced knowledge and expert skills in the field of international trade regulation, trade facilitation and administration for professional work in commerce or the public sector.

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Career Opportunities

This course will provide students with a high level of employability in the field of customs and border management. Graduates will be able to demonstrate the skills and knowledge required for further advancement in the public sector. Career opportunities also exist in the private sector where graduates will be able to demonstrate an understanding of international trade and regulatory compliance issues making them extremely valuable to business, industry and logistics firms.

Admission Requirements

To be admitted to the Bachelor of Border Management applicants must meet one of the following Admission Requirements:

  • A completed High School Certificate (or equivalent) with an ATAR of at least 60.00 (including adjustment factors).
  • Successful completion of at least two Bachelor degree level subjects (or Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) equivalent) or higher in any discipline.
  • A completed Vocational Education and Training (VET) Certificate IV or higher, studied at a TAFE or Registered Training Organisation (RTO), or equivalent.
  • A completed Tertiary Preparation Certificate (TPC) or bridging program studied at a TAFE, Registered Training Organisation (RTO) or University, or equivalent.
  • Partial completion of a Vocational Education and Training (VET) Diploma, of at least 50% from a TAFE or Registered Training Organisation (RTO), or equivalent
  • Work experience, within the same industry as the course profile, of at least two years full time or equivalence, demonstrated by a detailed resume.

    English language proficiency (IELTS 6.0 or equivalent)

Course Structure

This course has an international focus to provide a common framework for all students. Students will study 10 core subjects and eight electives where they will be introduced to a range of border management and customs issues including policy, legislation, compliance management and international best practice.

Students must satisfactorily complete 192 credit points to graduate with Charles Sturt University’s Bachelor of Border Management.

The course consists of the following subjects totalling 192 credit points:
  • 10 core subjects (128 points)
  • 8 electives (64 points)

Core Subjects
  • CUS101 Border Agencies and Principles of Border Management (16)
  • CUS102 Regulating and Facilitating Trade (8)
  • CUS103 Customs Procedures (8)
  • CUS104 International Trade Terms and Documentation (16)
  • CUS105 Introduction to Tariff Classification (8)
  • CUS106 Introduction to Customs Valuation (8)
  • CUS201 International Trade Treaties and Conventions (16)
  • CUS202 International Air and Sea Passengers (16)
  • CUS301 Border Management Ethics and Governance (16)
  • CUS302 Supply Chain Security (16)


Eight elective subjects (56) are required to be completed to complement the core subjects outlined above. These can be chosen from the border management specific units below:

  • CUS203 Maritime Regulation and Enforcement (8)
  • CUS204 Principles of Cargo Control (8)
  • CUS205 Border Security (8)
  • CUS304 Duty Suspension Regimes (8)
  • CUS305 Immigration Law, Policy & Practice (8)

The remainder of the electives can be chosen from subjects offered by the Australian Graduate School of Policing and Security (AGSPS) or the wider Charles Sturt University subject portfolio with the approval of the Course Director.

Study Load

The duration of the course is 3 years full time and 6 years part time. Students are able to commence their studies at Charles Sturt in either Session 1 or Session 2.

Students will study on line using Charles Sturt University’s on line learning platform, Interact 2.


If you’ve completed related study or have recognizable professional experience, you could be eligible for credit towards your degree. Explore ways you can fast-track your course with recognition of prior learning by getting in touch with us to discuss your options.

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