National code: TLI50822

Diploma of Customs Broking

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Overview About this course

Step into the world of customs and be the eyes and ears checking goods coming into Australia from overseas. Learn how to operate customs clearance, apply biosecurity measures and understand the legal framework applying to customs broking procedures.

Outcomes What you'll gain

Learning outcomes

Through a mixture of theory and practical course work, learn to:

  • Determine the correct customs tariff classification for goods using rules of interpretation

  • Understand biosecurity border clearance requirements and detect suspicious behaviours

  • Calculate the customs value of imported goods, the duty payable, indirect taxes and apply any duty and tax exemptions

  • Understand and interpret laws, regulations and policies applying to customs broking procedures for imports, exports and international trade agreements

  • Report cargo movements to border force, identify prohibited and restricted goods and decide if a valid permit is required

  • Determine the eligibility for refunds, rebates or remissions of customs duty and resolve disputes about tariff classifications, valuations and permits

Course outcomes

Gain practical experience and develop specialist skills that give you an advantage in the job market.

  • A nationally accredited Diploma that is accepted as the approved course of study to obtain a customs broking license

  • A pathway to further study in the logistics industry or customs and border administration

  • An understanding of customs regulations under the Customs Act 1901 (Cth) and related legislation

  • Specialist skills to clear cargo across Australian borders

Suitability Is this course right for you?

Entry requirements

Some courses require evidence of previous experience or study before you can enrol

  • There are no entry requirements for this qualification. You can enrol today.

Entry recommendations

To be prepared for this course, we recommend that you have:

  • A basic understanding of the Australian legal framework

  • Strong English skills (Year 12 equivalent)

  • Digital literacy

  • An interest in logistics

TAFE NSW is committed to meeting the learning needs of every community. Meeting these needs can mean there are additional entry requirements at different campus locations. Check your preferred location for further requirements. If you need help preparing for study, contact us to find out how we can support you.

Pathways Future career and study options

Career pathways

Our graduates go onto roles like: customs compiler, customs classifier and nominee customs broker.


Although a licence is not compulsory to work in all jobs in the customs broking industry, you are able to apply for a customs broking licence when you successfully complete this course. Visit the Australian Border Force website for more information. Although completing this course is one requirement to apply for a customs broking license, it's not the only requirement. Completing the Diploma of Customs Broking doesn't guarantee that you'll successfully get a license. After submitting your written application for a customs broking license, the Australian Border Force may also request an interview or direct you to gain more experience first. This is in addition to any other requirements the Australian Border Force may have. Customs broker licences are issued by the Comptroller-General of Customs, on the recommendation of the National Customs Brokers Licensing Advisory Committee (NCBLAC). More information on the NCBLAC interview process can be found on the Australian Border Force website.

Study pathways

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Previous study 2 Courses

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Further study 0 Courses

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The Diploma of Customs Broking does not have any post-graduate courses.

Related study 0 Courses

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The Diploma of Customs Broking does not have any related courses.

Your experience counts

At TAFE NSW, we recognise your previous study and work experience. You can apply for recognition of prior learning or a credit transfer with any of our courses. If you're successful you'll get your qualification faster.

Units Units taught in this course

Courses are made up of a combination of both core and specialty units. In the Diploma of Customs Broking qualification, you’ll need to successfully complete 14 units of competency, including 14 core and 0 speciality units.

Please note, not all specialty units are offered at every TAFE NSW location. It is highly recommended that you check with your preferred campus for information about the specialty units offered at that location.

Core units are central to the job outcomes of a particular industry or occupation. These are the units industry has agreed are essential to be capable and qualified at a particular study level.

  • Comply with biosecurity border clearance TLIX0008

  • Apply knowledge of border clearance fundamentals TLIX0035

  • Determine tariff classification of goods TLIX0036

  • Apply border clearance procedures TLIX0037

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TAFE NSW provides support services across all campus locations and online. Whatever your needs or circumstances, we have the people, resources, counselling and facilities to support you in focusing on your studies.

  • TAFE NSW Disability Support Service

  • TAFE NSW Language, Literacy and Numeracy (LLN) support

  • TAFE NSW Aboriginal Support; Learner support (ABE)

  • TAFE NSW Careers, Counselling and Pathways Service

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