Bachelor of Border Management

  • Qualification:

    Bachelor's Degree

  • Study mode:


  • Payment options:

    HECS-HELP may be available

  • Duration:

    3 years full-time, 6 years part-time

  • Start date:

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  • Awarded by:

    Charles Sturt University

  • Career Outcomes:

    Border Force Officer | Customs Officer |

Course Rundown

Customs and border management is central to a country’s economy, trade agreements and national security. And with greater scrutiny of border management, and the current terrorism climate, it’s never been more important to have highly trained and specialised customs and border security professionals. This online Bachelor of Border Management course from Charles Sturt University has been designed to give you the training needed to work in this expanding field.

The course has been designed in consultation with government departments, international agencies and industry leading bodies such as the World Customs Organisation (WCO). The program of study addresses fundamental aspects of customs and border management, and covers essentials such as trade regulations, customs procedures, tariff classifications, trade treaties and differences between processing sea and air passengers.

Students will also learn about the ethics and governance surrounding border management, and will be able to pursue areas of interest through the broad range of electives on offer. Some electives include transnational crime, cargo control and maritime regulation, and students will also be able to select units offered by CSU’s Australian Graduate School of Policing and Security (AGSPS) and School of Policing Studies (SOPS). 


To be eligible for enrolment in this course, applicants must meet one of the following criteria:

  • An ATAR ranking appropriate to the course
  • Successful completion of at least two subjects at university level
  • Successful completion a Certificate III or higher VET qualification
  • Successful completion of a bridging program or TAFE Tertiary Preparation Certificate (TPC)
  • Have at least two years of relevant industry experience
  • Have completed at least 50 per cent of a diploma

What You’ll Learn

Core units – complete all:

  • Border agencies and principles of border management
  • Regulating and facilitating trade
  • Customs procedures
  • International trade terms and documentation
  • Introduction to tariff classification
  • Introduction to customs valuation
  • International trade treaties and conventions
  • International air and sea passengers
  • Border management ethics and governance
  • Supply chain security

Elective units – complete all:

  • Maritime regulation and enforcement
  • Principles of cargo control
  • Transnational crime
  • Duty suspension regimes

Students will also need to complete three electives based upon the list of units offered by the Australian Graduate School of Policing and Security (AGSPS), and School of Policing Studies (SOPS).

Why study with Charles Sturt University?

One of the first universities to adopt distance education study, Charles Sturt University (CSU) is Australia's leading university in online education and continues to strive for innovation and excellence in higher learning. With a track record in graduate employment and strong industry contacts, CSU offers relevant training and workplace skills at both an undergraduate and postgraduate level. CSU specialises in a range of industries such as agriculture, viticulture, education, librarianship, allied health and criminology.

Charles Sturt has 6 campuses in NSW, Australia. All CSU students can attend any campus for support and to use available facilities. Campus locations include; Albury-Wodonga, Bathurst, Dubbo, Orange, Port Macquarie, Wagga Wagga.

Student Support

CSU offers a range of student support services, academic learning support and skills development for all its distance education students. Studying with CSU, you will have access to your online subjects, Student Services, the CSU Library, forums and your exam results through student.csu, a personalised online portal.

You will also have entry into CSU Interact, a scholarly environment that connects students and staff online. Each subject you’re enrolled in will have its own subject site housed within CSU Interact, giving you access to learning content, tools and subject forums.

Where Will It Lead Me?

Upon successful completion of this course you will receive a nationally recognised, accredited Bachelor of Border Management from Charles Sturt University.

By completing this undergraduate program, you’ll gain the training and qualifications needed to achieve employability in the specialist field of customs and border management. Your knowledge of international trade and regulatory compliance issues will make you a valuable asset to a number of businesses and government departments.

Curious about where a career in security could take you? Potential job outcomes may include:

How Much Will It Cost?

Finance options

If you are an Australian citizen you may be eligible to receive HECS-HELP, meaning you can defer payment of your course fees. CSU provides access to a range of scholarships and loans to help its students with the costs associated with university study.

HECS-HELP You may be eligible to receive HECS-HELP for this course!

This course can be paid for through the HECS-HELP government loan scheme. If you are an Australian citizen or hold a permanent humanitarian visa, you may not need to pay upfront.

Instead, the Australian government will pay your course fees directly to the provider on your behalf. You'll begin repaying your loan through the tax system once you start earning more than the minimum threshold of $55,874 (2017-18 income year).

Find out more about government study loans here.