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Master of International Customs Law and Administration
WHEN DID YOU GRADUATE?
WHAT IS YOUR CURRENT JOB POSITION?
Australian Customs and Border Protection Service, Officer in Charge Cairns International Airport, Queensland, Australia
HOW HAS YOUR TIME STUDYING WITH CCES IMPACTED ON YOUR WORKING ROLE SINCE GRADUATING?
While I was studying I was completing a period of capacity development in Papua New Guinea and the Solomon Islands sponsored by the Australian Customs and Border Protection Service under the Australian Governmentâ€™s Foreign Aid Program. Working as a Customs officer for many years provided me with practical experience suitable to the role but, to paraphrase a former US Secretary of Defence, â€œI didnâ€™t know what I didnâ€™t knowâ€. Study provided a solid platform of theory on which to apply reform and modernisation of a Customs administration. I now more fully appreciate the interconnectivity of Government and Government agency drivers, and those of trade, industry and other stakeholders, whether domestic or international.
Since returning to Australia I have moved into a senior operations management position at one of our international gateway airports at a time of significant reform of our border agencies. The single border agency program is changing the fundamentals of how we operate pre-border, at the border and post border. It is an exciting time and the discipline of study has helped me appreciate our reform agenda and the ensuing issues it raises in my area of responsibility from all perspectives.
The single border agency concept being adopted in Australia is not new but lessons learned from the US, UK and Canada models confirms that a one size-fits-all model will not work. The experiences of these overseas administrations have been incorporated into the design of our reform agenda. Iâ€™m sure that once rolled out there will be valuable lessons from the Australian model that other border administrations will be able to learn from should they wish to adopt similar border reforms.
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Congratulations to our March 2015 Graduates!
On Tuesday 31st March 2015, 20 CCES students conferred their degrees.
Fiji Revenue and Customs Authority Day Celebrations
The Fiji Revenue and Customs Authority (FRCA) held a CEOâ€™s Forum on 17 April 2015 in Suva. Speakers included the Hon Prime Minister Josaia Voreqe Bainimarama, Australian Customs and Border Protection Service CEO Mr Roman Quaedvlieg, New Zealand Deputy Comptroller Mr Bill Perry, New Zealand Inland Revenue Department Manager Ms Katrina Williams, and Centre for Customs and Excise Studies CEO Professor David Widdowson.
Also from 2016 there will be a new Graduate Diploma in Customs Administration which will be articulated with the current Graduate Certificate and Master of Customs Administration to form a subsumable set of awards with exit points throughout the course of study. There will be no changes to admission requirements for these courses.
Lastly, and again from 2016, we will offer a new subject CUS551 â€“ Customs Research Methods (8). This will be a core subject in our master of Customs Administration degree, replacing the current HRM507 â€“ Research Methods (8) unit.
INCU Becomes Core Partner of the Global Facilitation Partnership for Transportation and Trade
As you would be aware, at the conclusion of its Inaugural Conference in May 2014, the INCU adopted the Baku Resolution, whereby it recognised the need to increase engagement with a broad cross-section of the international community and resolved, amongst other things, to formally engage with a broader cross-section of the international community.
We are pleased to advise that the WCO has released the Call for Papers for the 10th Annual PICARD Conference, which will be held from 8 to 10 September 2015 in Baku, Republic of Azerbaijan, and hosted by Azerbaijan Customs.
Harmonised customs laws that aim to expand the CARICOM regionâ€™s trading potential and improve its economic performance are expected to be finalised at the closing meeting between customs officials, legal experts and CARICOM representatives in Trinidad and Tobago from March 24 â€“ 27. Click here for full release.
Please note the release arrangements of the World Customs Journal. For the first three months following the release of each new edition, the Journal will be available to INCU Members in the Members-only area of the INCU website. After three months, the Journal will be made available to the general public. All past editions are available to the public.
CCES Baby News
Born on 12 March 2015, in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates weighing in at 3.5kg.
First baby for Faisal & Lateefa Almazrouei. Faisal is a recent graduate of the Master of International Customs Law & Administration. We extend our congratulations to Faisal, Lateefa and their family on the birth of Saif.