CUS203 Maritime Regulation and Enforcement (8)

This subject explores the range of maritime activities undertaken at the border. The key international conventions that impact on maritime operations together with legislative and procedural aspects of maritime activities are examined using a number of case studies.


Session 1 (30)
Canberra Campus

Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: CUS203. 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 knowledge of the key international legal conventions when conducting enforcement in the maritime environment
  • be able to research, identify and detail how the various maritime zones are enforced within their chosen coastal State
  • be able to demonstrate a broad understanding of the range of maritime activities and evaluate the procedures used in different operational settings
  • be able to evaluate critically various operational approaches to maritime enforcement and identify good practice, including the use of targeting and information management
  • be able to demonstrate a broad understanding of the roles and responsibilities of the various members of a typical coordinated maritime enforcement activity
  • be able to assess the potential risks that may arise in planning and conducting a maritime enforcement activity and demonstrate an ability to formulate practical mitigation strategies
  • be able to formulate strategies after undertaking a basic SWOT analysis of a planned maritime enforcement activity, operation or control checkpoint


This subject will cover the following topics:
  • International Maritime law: powers in the zones of jurisdiction, hot pursuit, domestic law and the relationship with International Maritime Law
  • Interagency Cooperation and Coordination
  • Maritime Incursion Methods and Indicators: Terrorism, Prohibited imports including narcotics, weapons and piracy, Small craft, Illegal fishing, Illegal immigration
  • Risk Management in a Maritime Enforcement Environment
  • Operational Intelligence Management: Intelligence identification and collection
  • Operational and Investigatory Skills in Maritime Enforcement: Planning Customs marine operations, Command and control, Offences, evidence, interviews, arrest and detention
  • Marine Asset Management

Indicative Assessment

The following table summarises the assessment tasks for the online offering of CUS203 in Session 1 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
Unclos powers to regulate and facilitate shipping
Operational considerations

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.