Rural and Remote Marking Program

Providing opportunities for country teachers to participate in HSC marking.

Marking applications for the 2017 HSC open on Thursday 2 March and close on Friday 17 March.

The HSC Rural and Remote Marking Program (RRMP) is a joint initiative of the NSW Department of Education, Catholic Education Commission NSW (CEC) and the NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA).

A valuable professional development activity, the RRMP allows teachers to gain knowledge, skills and understanding about the marking process.

A limited number of RRMP positions are available each year.

How marking works

Markers generally mark one question of a student’s response, or a group of questions totalling around 10 to 15 marks. Markers work in small groups under the supervision of a senior marker. Each marking operation is managed by a Supervisor of Marking (SOM).

Marking of subjects offered under the program is carried out onscreen, except for Visual Arts – Practical. Onscreen marking involves scanned exam responses being sent to markers via the internet. Markers require a computer and internet (broadband or higher). Marking is to be done in private, either at the marker’s home or at another approved secure location.

Successful applicants must participate in briefing and practice marking at the designated corporate marking centre before starting.

Markers may mark at any time from 6am to midnight, 7 days a week. Senior markers work standard corporate marking hours of 4–9pm weeknights and 9am to 5pm Saturdays. As markers can only get assistance from their senior marker, NESA suggests markers work corporate hours.

Support for teachers and their school

The NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA) will meet the cost of relief staff for day marked briefing sessions (relief to be organised by the school).

The Rural and Distance Education unit will provide the cost of teacher relief for the day before and the day after briefing sessions. Schools must cover accommodation and travel costs.


The RRMP is open to teachers with either 1 year’s marking experience or no previous experience.

Teachers should have 3 years’ experience teaching the specific subject. Retired teachers are not eligible.

RRMP applicants should also apply for the standard marking program by completing a separate online marking application through Markers Online. This will ensure that if your RRMP application is not successful, you can still be considered through the standard NESA process.

  • For further information on the standard marking program, contact NESA Marker Support 02 9367 8104.
  • Standard HSC marking opportunities are available during the day in several subjects in Sydney, Newcastle, Gosford, Goulburn and Coffs Harbour. There are also opportunities to mark at night – provided the applicant indicates the type of leave to be taken during the marking period, such as leave without pay, long service leave and so on. NESA only pays casual relief for teachers participating in day marking.

Selection criteria

  • 3 years’ experience teaching the course at HSC level is generally regarded as a minimum requirement for appointment.
  • Recent experience teaching the course. An applicant who has not taught the course since 2014 is regarded as not having recent teaching experience.
  • Qualifications – a degree with a major in the course applied for, or an equivalent program of study, is required.
  • Preference is given to teachers directly involved in the HSC course organisation, teaching and assessment. School principals are not eligible.
  • Part-time and casual teachers must provide details of their teaching load. These details should be attached to the appliation and include:
    • the number of days/hours per week the course is taught
    • whether the applicant is solely responsible for teaching the course
    • whether the applicant is teaching the course for the whole school year or in blocks.
  • Availability – RRMP applicants must be available to attend all briefing and practice marking sessions.

The Applicant’s declaration must be signed in order to be considered for appointment.

The principal is required to sign a declaration concerning the applicant’s employment status and availability and if they are supporting the application or not.

Important dates

Rural and Remote Marking Program application timeline 2017
2 March 2017marker applications open for Rural and Remote Marking Program
17 March 2017closing date for Rural and Remote Parking Program
End of Term 2, 2017applicants notified of marking application outcome
October–November 2017HSC marking takes place

Application forms and inquiries

Application forms for the Rural and Remote Marking Program are due Friday 17 March 2017.

Download and complete the RRMP application (PDF 180KB). Return signed form to the appropriate department or CEC officer. Contact the same person with any inquiries.

Kimberley Hill
Rural and Distance Education Officer
PO Box 717
Bathurst NSW 2795
02 6334 8065

Rosalie Nott
Assistant Director/Education Policy
PO Box 20768
World Square NSW 2022
02 9287 1560

NSW Education Standards Authority

For information about the NESA marking application process, marker pay rates and marking centres, contact:

Marker Support
NSW Education Standards Authority
02 9367 8104

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