CUS102 Regulating and Facilitating Trade (8)

This subject introduces students to the way in which regulatory compliance is managed in the customs sector. The international trends that impact on compliance management techniques of customs are examined, including emerging technologies, and changes in commercial imperatives and international pressures, to achieve an appropriate balance between trade and business facilitation and regulatory control.


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

Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: CUS102. 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 analyse organisational strengths and weaknesses of border management agencies, and to analyse potential opportunities and threats to the achievement of agencies' objectives
  • be able to critically evaluate the effectiveness of compliance management strategies in particular operational settings
  • be able to identify and assess potential sources of risk encountered in border management
  • be able to evaluate, analyse and prioritise potential risks to the achievement of objectives in the border management environment, and to identify a range of appropriate risk treatments that are designed to mitigate such risks
  • be able to articulate and evaluate risk-based strategies to manage compliance with customs and other border regulatory requirements
  • be able to evaluate the manner in which international trends may impact on customs compliance management techniques, including emerging technologies, commercial imperatives and international pressures


This subject will cover the following topics:
  • Compliance with Customs regulations: The regulatory impact on trade
  • Balancing Facilitation and Control: WCO/WTO imperatives
  • Managing risk: Introduction to the risk management framework, assessing and treating risk
  • Compliance management framework: Legislative base and client service compliance assessment
  • Regulatory responses: Organisational flexibility and change management, appropriate communication and consultation processes
  • Stakeholder expectations: The border management spectrum Strategic, Legislative, Intelligence, Investigation
  • Undertaking a SWOT analysis in a regulatory context

Indicative Assessment

The following table summarises the assessment tasks for the online offering of CUS102 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
Improving facilitation
Risk management approach to compliance management

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.