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Distance Education
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Duration

1 year part-time
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Admission information

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CSU has a variety of pathways and admissions requirements for study. Details of the types of 'bonus points' and other ATAR-related adjustments commonly available to applicants are set out in the CSU institutional admissions information and CSU's general admissions policy.

You can also view details about the applicants who commenced this course last year in the ATAR profile and See the student profile.

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Session 1; Session 2 201830; 201860

Please note: all sessions may not be available at all locations or through all study modes. Please check the Course offerings section for more information.

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International students

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  • This course is not available to international students.

Course highlights

CSU's Graduate Certificate of Customs Administration has been designed for people engaged in government employment and in the trading community.

A world-leading degree

Designed by the CCES, the course has been formed via collaboration between industry, government and international agencies, including the WCO. CCES is the world's leading provider of training and education in the highly specialised area of customs and border management.

A qualification to take you anywhere in the world

Throughout your study you will secure knowledge about international customs law and customs management theory and practice. You will also gain an understanding of key conventions, standards, guidelines and recommended practices of the WCO.

Develop advanced skills in resolving emerging issues

Apply your knowledge and skills to a range of problems faced by practitioners in, or those who interact with, border administrations.

Build technical capability

Gain technical skills in traditional and topical aspects of international customs law and customs administration preparing you to effectively apply policy and practice in workplaces focused on cross-border trade. You will gain well-developed judgement, adaptability and responsibility for use as a customs administration practitioner and will be provided with a pathway for further learning.

This course is accredited by the World Customs Organization (WCO).

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This course will be accredited by the World Customs Organisation.

Please note that the following subjects have a Workplace Learning component:

Residential schools are a great way to practise what you are learning in a hands-on environment, and to meet your lecturers and classmates.

Some online courses include a residential school, where you will attend a CSU campus during certain sessions throughout your course.

The following subjects may have a residential school component:

From the early stages of your degree, you can apply for a range of international programs through CSU Global. You could take a session or two on exchange at one of CSU’s partner institutions across the world, go on a study tour during the holidays, or complete some of your practical placements in an unique location.

Are you after a unique CSU study experience? By participating in a CSU Global international study program you can gain a new perspective on where your degree can take you, and even complete your degree that little bit faster. CSU Global has many options available to fit with your course, interests and study needs.

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Career opportunities

This course enhances employment opportunities and advancement for those with or seeking careers in customs administration, other public sector agencies and businesses involved in cross-border trade. You will develop skills and knowledge that are highly valued by industry and employers.

Deliver key customs brokerage and freight forwarding operations. Protect public health and safety and reduce crime through robust operations and procedures across transportation between countries.

Apply existing and incoming policy in an ever-shifting environment. Ensure policy responses are compliant with GATT/WTO law and other international legal obligations and other emerging and topical aspects of international trade.

This course enhances employment opportunities and advancement for those with or seeking careers in customs administration, other public sector agencies and businesses involved in cross-border trade. You will develop skills and knowledge that are highly valued by industry and employers.

Deliver key customs brokerage and freight forwarding operations. Protect public health and safety and reduce crime through robust operations and procedures across transportation between countries.

Apply existing and incoming policy in an ever-shifting environment. Ensure policy responses are compliant with GATT/WTO law and other international legal obligations and other emerging and topical aspects of international trade.

Credit and pathways

Getting into uni isn’t just about your ATAR; we understand that if you’re given the chance to study something you’re passionate about, you can really shine. We offer a range of pathway options, including Early Entry – Schools Recommendation Scheme, Regional Bonus Points, and Indigenous Access Program (IAP) to help you get on track to your dream career.

Credit for prior learning and credit for current competencies will be granted to eligible applicants.

More about Credit

We understand that if you’re given the chance to study something you’re passionate about, you can really shine. We offer a range of pathway options, including Early Entry – Schools Recommendation Scheme, Regional Bonus Points, and Indigenous Access Program (IAP) to help you get on track to your dream career.

Credit for prior learning and credit for current competencies will be granted to eligible applicants.

More about Credit

If you’ve studied before, you may be able to fast-track your postgraduate degree with Recognition for Prior Learning (RPL). If you’ve completed relevant tertiary study, you could be awarded credit for your postgraduate degree. Get in touch to see if you’re eligible for credit based on your previous qualifications or industry experience.

Credit for prior learning and credit for current competencies will be granted to eligible applicants.

More about Credit

Students may receive credit for the completion of subjects in accordance with the CSU Credit Policy.

Check your eligibility for credit

Course offerings

The Graduate Certificate in Customs Administration is only available to study on campus.

The Graduate Certificate in Customs Administration is only available to study online.

You can study the Graduate Certificate in Customs Administration online or on campus.

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Enrol TypeModeCampusFee typeSession1Session2Session3Admission Code
DirectDistance EducationCanberraFPOSNYNJATA
DirectDistance EducationCanberraFPPGNYNOATA

LEGEND
CGS: Commonwealth Government supported places
FPPG: Fee-paying postgraduate places
FPOS: Fee-paying overseas student places
Admission Code: For your reference if required during your application process
NO TAC: An admission code is not required for applications to CSU Study Centres
TEMP: An admission code has not yet been assigned for this course

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Campus locations listed for online students are purely for administrative purposes and have no relevance to the student experience.

Enrol TypeModeCampusFee typeSession1Session2Session3Admission Code
DirectDistance EducationCanberraFPOSNYNJATA
DirectDistance EducationCanberraFPPGNYNOATA

LEGEND
CGS: Commonwealth Government supported places
FPPG: Fee-paying postgraduate places
FPOS: Fee-paying overseas student places
Admission Code: For your reference if required during your application process
NO TAC: An admission code is not required for applications to CSU Study Centres
TEMP: An admission code has not yet been assigned for this course

Subjects

For each 8 point subject you are enrolled in, you should expect to spend 10 to 12 hours per week working on assignments and assigned readings, tutorial assistance, individual or group research/study, forum activity, workplace learning, and attending lectures, residential schools, or examinations.

If you are studying four subjects per session, this is equivalent to a full-time job. The workload for some subjects may vary as a result of approved course design.

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The below information is for new students. Current students should select their subjects by checking the Handbook for the year of their enrolment

GRADUATE CERTIFICATE IN CUSTOMS ADMINISTRATION
The course comprises two core subjects.  Students must satisfactorily complete 32 points to graduate.

    CUS401 Customs Management Theory and Practice (16)
    CUS402 International Customs Law (16)


GRADUATE DIPLOMA IN CUSTOMS ADMINSTRATION
The course comprises two core subjects (32) and either:

    two Restricted Electives (32), or
    one Restricted Elective (16), CUS551 Customs Research Methods (8) and an Open Elective (8).

Students must satisfactorily complete 64 points to graduate.

Core Subjects

    CUS401 Customs Management Theory and Practice (16)
    CUS402 International Customs Law (16)

and a further 32 credit points made up of either two restricted electives (32); or CUS551 Customs Research Methods (8), one restricted elective (16), and one open elective (8)

Elective Subjects (32)

Option 1:

Choose two of the following Restricted Electives (32):

    CUS503 International Trade Policy and Practice (16)
    CUS504 Border Revenue (16)
    CUS505 International Air and Maritime Law (16)

Option 2:

    CUS551 Customs Research Methods (8)

and one Restricted Elective (16) chosen from:

    CUS503 International Trade Policy and Practice (16)
    CUS504 Border Revenue (16)
    CUS505 International Air and Maritime Law (16)

and one Open Elective chosen from the following five subjects, or a subject chosen from other CSU postgraduate offerings with the agreement of the Course Director:

    CUS423 Environment Taxation (8)
    CUS520 Excise (8)
    CUS521 Customs Reform and Modernisation (8)
    CUS522 International Supply Chain Management (8)
    CUS523 International Trade Transactions (8)

Note: Students who wish to progress to the Master of Customs Administration must complete CUS551 Customs Research Methods (8)


MASTER OF CUSTOMS ADMINISTRATION
The course comprises four core subjects (56), two restricted electives (32) and one open elective (8).  Students must satisfactorily complete 96 points to graduate.

Core Subjects (56)

    CUS401 Customs Management Theory and Practice (16)
    CUS402 International Customs Law (16)
    CUS550 Customs Research Project (16)
    CUS551 Customs Research Methods (8)

Non-Core Subjects (40)

Restricted Electives (32)

Choose two of the following restricted electives

    CUS503 International Trade Policy and Practice (16)
    CUS504 Border Revenue (16)
    CUS505 International Air and Maritime Law (16)

Open Electives (8)

Choose one of the following open electives, or a subject chosen from other CSU postgraduate offerings with the agreement of the Course Director:

    CUS423 Environment Taxation (8)
    CUS520 Excise (8)
    CUS521 Customs Reform and Modernisation (8)
    CUS522 International Supply Chain Management (8)

FULL TIME ENROLMENT PATTERN

Graduate Certificate in Customs Administration

Session 1

    CUS401 Customs Management Theory and Practice (16)
    CUS402 International Customs Law (16)


Graduate Diploma of Customs Administration

Session 1

    CUS401 Customs Management Theory and Practice (16)
    CUS402 International Customs Law (16)

Students may choose to exit with the Graduate Certificate in Customs Administration following the completion of CUS401 (16) and CUS402 (16)

Session 2

    Electives (32) from Option 1 or Option 2


Master of Customs Administration

Session 1

    CUS401 Customs Management Theory and Practice (16)
    CUS402 International Customs Law (16)

Students may choose to exit with the Graduate Certificate in Customs Administration following the completion of CUS401 (16) and CUS402 (16)

Session 2

    CUS551 Customs Research Methods (8)
    1 x Restricted Elective (16)
    1 x Open Elective (8)

Students may choose to exit with the Graduate Diploma of Customs Administration following the completion of CUS401 (16), CUS402 (16), CUS551 (8), 1 x Restricted Elective (16) and 1 x Open Elective (8)

Session 3

    1 x Restricted Elective (16)
    CUS550 Customs Research Project (16)


PART TIME ENROLMENT PATTERN

Graduate Certificate in Customs Administration

Session 1

    CUS401 Customs Management Theory and Practice (16)

Session 2

    CUS402 International Customs Law (16)


Graduate Diploma of Customs Administration

Session 1

    CUS401 Customs Management Theory and Practice (16)

Session 2

    CUS402 International Customs Law (16)

Students may choose to exit with the Graduate Certificate in Customs Administration following the completion of CUS401 (16) and CUS402 (16)

Session 3

    Electives (16) chosen from Option 1 or Option 2

Session 4

    Electives (16) chosen from Option 1 or Option 2


Master of Customs Administration

Session 1

    CUS401 Customs Management Theory and Practice (16)

Session 2

    CUS402 International Customs Law (16)

Students may choose to exit with the Graduate Certificate in Customs Administration following the completion of CUS401 (16) and CUS402 (16)

Session 3

    CUS551 Customs Research Methods (8)
    1 x Open Elective (8)

Session 4

    1 x Restricted Elective (16)

Students may choose to exit with the Graduate Diploma of Customs Administration following the completion of CUS401 (16), CUS402 (16), CUS551 (8), 1 x Restricted Elective (16) and 1 x Open Elective (8)

Session 5

    1 x Restricted Elective (16)

Session 6

    CUS550 Customs Research Project (16)

Graduation requirements

As a CSU student, throughout your course you have a responsibility to continue to develop skills in English language, literacy and numeracy as appropriate to your discipline. This ongoing development will enable you to effectively participate in your course and graduate prepared to enter the workforce.

Students must satisfactorily complete 32 credit points.

Fees and costs

If you are an Australian or New Zealand permanent resident find out more about domestic fees. Eligible students can defer these fees through the HECS-HELP government student loan system.

If you are an international student, find out more about international fees.

Additional course-related expenses you may need to consider.

  • Student Services and Amenities Fee (SSAF).
  • Textbooks (you may be able to purchase these second-hand).
  • Travel and accommodation expenses for any workplace learning, field trips or residential schools.
  • Uniforms (e.g. shirts, polo tops, scrubs or overalls).

Tax deductions: in some instances you may be able to claim a tax deduction for self-education expenses. Please seek independent qualified taxation advice to find out if you qualify.

If you are an Australian or New Zealand permanent resident, find out more about domestic fees.

Eligible students can defer these fees through the HECS-HELP or FEE-HELP government student loan system.

Additional costs you may need to consider include the Student Services and Amenities Fee.

If you are not an Australian or New Zealand permanent resident, find out more about international fees.

Additional costs you may need to consider include the Student Services and Amenities Fee.

In some instances a tax deduction may be claimed for self-education expenses. Please seek independent qualified taxation advice.

Already studied with CSU? Our 10 per cent Alumni discount applies to this course.

Online students receive one free textbook per subject.

Support

Finishing high school this year? Taking a few years off to find out what you really want to do in life? Need to attend classes from anywhere in the world?

When you study with CSU, we’ll be with you all the way, helping you develop your study and academic skills in person, online or over the phone. Whatever your situation, Student Central is your first point of call as a CSU student. Our friendly support team can answer all your questions, whether you are studying on campus or online.

When you study with CSU, we’ll be with you all the way, helping you develop your study and academic skills in person, online or over the phone. Whatever your situation, Student Central is your first point of call as a CSU student. Our friendly support team can answer all your questions, whether you are studying on campus or online.

When it comes to postgraduate study, we understand that having the right kind of support is key to your success. You’ll enjoy flexible learning that allows you to fit study into your life, at a time that suits you. Our team are only a phone call or email away and you can even use our online chat for any questions you may have. We can also help you connect with scholarships, grants, loans, and assistance that can make further study affordable. At CSU, we’re with you every step of the way.

We have a wide range of scholarships available to help you with the costs of studying at CSU. There are scholarships based on academic performance or your personal circumstances. Other scholarships and grants cover specific costs like accommodation and textbooks, and some offer funds that you can use in any way to enhance your university experience. Find a scholarship to suit your needs and apply now.

Indigenous students can access the Indigenous Academic Success Program (IASP). This free program is available to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students enrolled at CSU. It gives you one-on-one access to tutors to help you with your assessments and prepare you for exams.

International students

Gain an internationally recognised qualification with CSU at one of our vibrant regional campuses, or study online from the comfort of your own home - anywhere in the world!

You can also study accounting, business and information technology courses at a CSU Study Centre in Brisbane, Melbourne or Sydney.

Browse through the tabs below for more information or visit our International website to discover more about an Australian university experience like no other.

Please note: if you choose to study online with CSU, the course study mode will not meet necessary requirements for granting Australian student visas.

There are minimum Academic and English Language requirements for admission to CSU courses. These requirements ensure that our students have the best chance for success. Minimum requirements can vary from country to country, so please take some time to review our entry requirements  before starting your application. If you cannot find the requirements for your country please contact us.

At CSU, we understand that you are making a financial investment in your future and we want to make sure that you receive the best value for money for your education. That’s why our students enjoy more affordable course tuition fees than other Australian universities, while still receiving a high standard of education.

Tuition fees are set for the duration of your course and don’t go up each year.

CSU Alumni receive a discount on fee-paying postgraduate courses – so if you study your bachelor’s degree with us, and decide to continue your studies at CSU, you could save 10 per cent off your postgraduate tuition.

Please note: whether you study on campus or online, textbooks and other items that you may be required to purchase during your study are not included in the tuition fees.

More information on tuition and other fees.

More information on fees for on-campus study in Australia.

Aside from course tuition fees, all students who choose to study on campus incur other fees such as accommodation, Student Services and Amenities Fee (SSAF), Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) and other living expenses.

If you choose to study online, some subjects may require you to attend compulsory residential schools in Australia. Residential schools are held on campus in Australia for up to five days during certain sessions.

Please check the residential schools tab in the Course highlights section above (or your offer of admission if your application is successful) for more information on which subjects may have a residential school component.

Online courses for international students do not meet the requirement for an Australian Student Visa, therefore you will need to check that you can obtain an appropriate visa for any residential school session. For more information about visas, visit the Australian Government Department of Immigration and Border Protection. More information about residential schools can be found on our Future Students Hub.

CSU campuses offer a uniquely Australian living experience. Most of our campuses have accommodation on-site with many of the buildings nestled among gum trees with native wildlife like kangaroos and kookaburras sharing the space. Off-campus accommodation options can also be arranged.

Few universities in Australia can match the range of accommodation available at CSU’s campuses. Campus life offers all the facilities of a small village with community spirit, helping you to meet lots of new friends while living in a safe and secure environment.

Find out more about CSU’s accommodation options.

Whether you choose to study online or on campus, our international support services can make all the difference. From managing visa requirements to study support, and career advice, we’ve got you covered and our friendly staff will help make your university experience one you will never forget.

At CSU, we work with trained international recruitment agents in more than 40 countries to help you find the course and study option that is right for you. Our agents can assist you to apply for study either on campus in Australia or online. Depending on your country of citizenship you may be required to apply to CSU via an agent. Visit our International agents page for more information.

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Applying to CSU is easy. Choose how you want to apply below, or get in touch with CSU and we can help you with your application.

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30 Sep 2017
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Important dates

28 Sep 2017
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10 Oct 2017
VTAC special consideration (SEAS) applications close

16 Jan 2018
VTAC first round offers released

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29 Sep 2017
2017 Session 3 Late Application date

30 Oct 2017
2018 Session 1 Application closing date

23 Feb 2018
2018 Session 2 Applications open

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30 Oct 2017
2018 Session 1 Application closing date

23 Feb 2018
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