August, 2015 Edition

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  • Applications open for Session 1, 2016

  • New courses commence in 2016

  • CCES Alumni Meet in Nairobi, Kenya

  • CCES Courses to be Delivered On-campus from July 2016

  • Intensive Sessions in Namibia

  • BBM Receives WCO Accreditation

  • Study CCES Courses on-Campus in South-East Asia

  • DHL International Customs Program

  • Vale Professor Uditha Liyanage

  • PICARD 2015

Alumni Profile

Student Name:
Peter McRae (Australia)

Course Name:
Master of International Customs Law and Administration and Master of International Revenue Administration

When did you graduate?

What is your current job position?
Customs broker, Founder and CEO of Platinum Freight Management (Australia and New Zealand).
Even though I had been employed in the international trade sector since 1996, I learned a great deal in the areas of indirect taxation, direct taxation and International Customs Law.

The area of indirect taxation was becoming a hot topic during my studies and it was quite interesting to realise all of the double tax treaties that had been signed before technology was prevalent and now how governments wish to minimise the lost revenue and the mechanisms that they are implementing.

As I manage a team of customs professionals across two countries, the insight and understanding of the dual Masters has placed me in a position which allows me to communicate to staff, customers and students with confidence – all backed up with reasoning.

I am currently a lecturer at TAFE NSW in the course Customs Broking, concentrating on the harmonisation of classifications.

My profession is that of a licensed customs broker in Australia and New Zealand. I am also a Certified Customs Specialist U.S.A, Certified Customs Specialist Canada and Certified Trade Compliance Specialist Canada.
We work in a global marketplace and one of the great benefits of the alumni network is the connection we now have as like-minded professionals across continents and organisations.

I regularly offer my clients information sessions to provide insights into Customs Law and brokering processes, and I invite any local alumni to make contact and collaborate with me to deliver value to the importing and exporting business world by participating in these sessions as they arise. Likewise I invite global alumni to present in a digital manner on topics of international concern. If this is of interest to you, please connect with me on LinkedIn here and we can stay in touch.

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Upcoming Events

Applications are now open for Session 1, 2016

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Recent Publications

World Customs Journal – Volume 9, Number 1

Latest News

New courses commence in 2016, Apply Now

Graduate Certificate in International Revenue Administration

This course enhances prospects for employment and advancement for those with, or seeking, careers in revenue administration, related public sector professions and businesses involved in cross-border trade. Graduates will develop skills and knowledge that will be highly attractive to employers in these fields.

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Graduate Diploma in Customs Administration

The Graduate Diploma in Customs Administration provides professionals with advanced knowledge and skills in the field of customs and border management and has been designed for people engaged in both government employment and in the trading community. It has an international focus making it suitable for professionals from all around the world.

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CCES Alumni Meet in Nairobi, Kenya

On Friday 17th July 2015, Adjunct Associate Professor Creck Buyonge Mirito joined Kenya-based alumni of the Masters in International Customs Law & Administration (MICLA) at a University of Canberra dinner held at Ole Sereni Hotel, Nairobi, Kenya.

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CCES courses to be delivered on-campus from July 2016!

From July 2016, we are planning to offer the Bachelor of Border Management & the Master of Customs Administration on campus here in Canberra, Australia.
Register your interest if you would like to study with us here in Canberra.

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Intensive Sessions in Namibia

From 20 – 24 July 2015 CCES/CSU lecturers Athol Gardiner and Brian Hurrell delivered tutorial sessions in Windhoek, Namibia for Namibian Customs and Excise (NC&E) Officers enrolled in the Bachelor of Border Management, Graduate Certificate and Master of Customs Administration.  The sessions were hosted by NC&E who also provided all facilities and administration. Tutorials were conducted for all NC&E students currently enrolled.  

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BBM Receives WCO accreditation

The WCO Secretary General, Mr Kunio Mikuriya, has formally advised CCES that its Bachelor of Border Management (BBM) meets the WCO PICARD Professional Standards criteria.
The BBM is now the only undergraduate course in the world delivered in English to be recognised as meeting the WCO PICARD Professional Standards criteria.

Find out more about the BBM 

Study CCES Courses On-Campus in South-East Asia

In 2016, the Centre for Customs & Excise Studies, Charles Sturt University will deliver two courses in collaboration with General Sir John Kotelawala Defence University (KDU). For the first time, the Bachelor of Border Management and the Master of Customs Administration will be available for on-campus studies in South Asia.

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DHL International Customs Program

CCES has been delivering the DHL International Customs Program since 2007. The program is designed to give DPDHL employees a broad understanding of international Customs issues and processes, and is comprised of theoretical, practical and technical components.

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Vale Professor Uditha Liyanage

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Professor Uditha Liyanage, the former Director of the Postgraduate Institute of Management (PIM) at the University of Sri Jayewardenepura, Sri Lanka.

Admired and respected by his peers and students alike, Professor Liyanage was an outstanding educator and a leading authority and thought leader in the field of Marketing.  He was a true friend and colleague of CCES, and was instrumental in establishing the Master of Customs Administration and MBA in International Trade and Logistics, which were jointly conducted by PIM and CCES in Colombo over a period of many years.

Our thoughts and prayers are with his family at this difficult time. He will be sadly missed.


The World Customs Organization (WCO) and the State Customs Committee of the Republic of Azerbaijan invite you to take part in the 10th Annual WCO PICARD Conference, which will take place from 8 to 10 September 2015 in Baku, Republic of Azerbaijan.

Don't miss this important event - Register now!

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