April 11, 2016

FTA Food and Fibre Program

The Centre for Customs and Excise Studies has been awarded a grant by the Australian Government to deliver a training program to help small and medium sized companies in the food and fibre sector, access and utilise Australia’s Free Trade Agreements with China, Japan and Korea. The Program will be held in major NSW regions and the ACT. The program […]
September 29, 2015

Reunion with CLDP participants from Indonesia

Rob Preece, Course Director Excise recently visited the Headquarters of the Indonesian Customs & Excise Department to present to the Department’s Excise Focus Group various excise tax policy and administration topics.  Rob used the chance to catch up with all of the six Indonesian based participants from the Customs Leadership Development Program (CLDP) which was held at CCES, Charles Sturt […]
October 17, 2014

WCO PICARD Conference 2014 – Puebla, Mexico

The 9th Annual WCO PICARD Conference was held from 17 to 19 September 2014 in Puebla, Mexico. The Conference, hosted by the Tecnológico de Monterrey at Puebla in coordination with the General Customs Administration of Mexico, was attended by some 180 participants from over 35 countries representing WCO members, academia, international organisations, the private sector and other interested parties. In […]
September 19, 2014

New Partnership with University of Texas, Brownsville

The University of Texas at Brownsville is partnering with Charles Sturt University in Australia on a cutting-edge program that no other higher education institution in the Americas is involved with. Mark Kroll, dean of the UTB school of business, and David Widdowson, head of school for Charles Sturt University’s Centre for Customs & Excise Studies, on Sept. 5 signed a […]
September 19, 2014

CCES Enhances Engagement with Africa

19 Rwanda Revenue Authority (RRA) managers gathered at the RRA Training Institute campus at Huye from 25th – 29th August 2014 for the MBA (Customs Management) customs specialization modules delivered by the Centre for Customs & Excise Studies (CCES). The MBA programme, which is run in collaboration with the East and Southern Africa Management Institute (ESAMI), with its headquarters in […]
September 19, 2014

Management Program to be Delivered in Lao People’s Democratic Republic (Lao PDR)

This month CCES will begin working in the Lao People’s Democratic Republic (Lao PDR) on a project to prepare and deliver a series of Executive and Middle Management Development Programs in Public Sector Management of Trade Facilitation and Regulatory Compliance. The design and content of the Programs will be informed by a Training Needs Analysis conducted across all Lao PDR […]
August 22, 2014


On 5 August 2014, Charles Sturt University (CSU) and Sri Lanka’s General Sir John Kotelawala Defence University (KDU) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to facilitate academic cooperation between the two educational institutions. The MOU was signed at a ceremony held at the Sri Lanka Consulate in Sydney by CSU Vice Chancellor, Professor Andrew Vann and the Vice Chancellor of […]
May 19, 2014

ESAMI Course Update

The collaboration between ESAMI and CCES was first established in 2011, and since then, over 50 students have been through program. The program provides an opportunity for Customs officials in the Eastern and Southern African Region to obtain a MBA specialising in the field of Customs. The 27th MBA (Customs) intake of students at the Eastern & Southern African Institute […]
May 14, 2013


In April we welcomed a visiting scholar, Dr Li Li from the Shanghai Customs College, China. Dr Li will be with us until the end of June 2013 and will be assisting CCES with curriculum development, and is giving a number of guest lectures while she is with us. Dr Li holds a PhD in International Law from the East […]