Peter Hughes (Australia)

Master of International Customs Law and Administration – 2013

Current Job Position: Deputy Comptroller Solomon Islands Customs and Excise (SICED)

On returning to my Australian based position in Brisbane I was more aware of the bigger picture issues Customs is responsible for, not only regionally, but on the global Customs scene. I found myself reflecting on my learnings and how the theory could be applied to the practical environment. I soon started to think about overseas opportunities where I could apply my skills in a more decisive way and at the same time live the adventure of working overseas. An opportunity became available in the Solomon Islands as Deputy Comptroller and, had I not done the study, then I’m not sure I would have had the confidence to apply and the ability to perform the duties of this role. I am quite sure that my Masters played a significant role in my successful application and that was reinforced by the selection committee. In February 2014 I took up the Deputy role based in Honiara. It has been a steep learning curve but I have gained confidence through my learnings and ability to apply tried and proven international Customs practices. I am looking forward to developing my theoretical learnings through practical application in the real world. The network of contacts with CCES has also proved helpful and I am looking at utilising those skills to assist in meeting some of the SICED goals and objectives into the future.  I am even thinking of doing some more study.