Rural and Remote Marking Program

Providing opportunities for country teachers to participate in HSC marking.

Marking applications for the 2021 HSC Rural and Remote Marking Program opens on Thursday 4 March and closes on Thursday 18 March.

The HSC Rural and Remote Marking Program (RRMP) is a joint program run by the NSW Department of Education, Catholic Schools NSW (CSNSW) and the NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA).

The program is designed to give rural and remote teachers the opportunity to participate in marking the Higher School Certificate. The RRMP is a valuable professional development activity, and 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 are assigned to a small team of markers under the supervision of a Senior Marker. A Supervisor of Marking (SOM) manages each marking operation.

The subjects offered under the RRMP are marked exterbally onscreen, except for Visual Arts - Practical. Successful applicants must participate in briefing and practice marking either at a designated corporate marking centre (in Sydney, Newcastle or Wollongong) or online before they commence external onscreen marking. These sessions will be over multiple days, evenings and Saturdays. Details will be confirmed in your appointment letter should you be successful under the program.

Markers may mark at any time from 6:00am to midnight, seven days a week, from a secure, private location. Senior Markers will only be available standard corporate marking hours; 4:00pm-9:00pm weeknights and 8:30am-4:30pm or 9:00am-5:00pm on Saturdays to asssist their marking team.

Support for teachers and their school

Schools wishing to have teachers participate in the RRMP will need to organise the necessary casual relief and will be responsible for any associated costs if teachers are required at briefing sessions.

NESA will not cover casual relief of briefing sessions that are attended after school hours.

The NSW Department of Education will provide funding totalling $2000 for each NSW Department of Education participant to their respective school to use flexibly to cover the costs associated with attending the briefing sessions (ie: accommodation, travel and/or casual relief).


Applicants should have recent teaching experience in the subject (within the last three years) teaching Year 12 students. Applicants with no or limited previous marking experience are eligible to apply under the RRMP. Retired teachers and principals are not eligible to apply.

General criteria for selection

1. Total number of years teaching the course - As a general guide, three years' experience teaching the course at HSC level is regarded as a minimum requirement for appointment as a HSC marker.

2. Recent experience teaching the course to Year 12 students - Successful applicants must have recent (within the last 3 years) experience teaching the course and preference will be given to those teaching the course in the current year of marking.

3. Part-time and casual teachers - Applicants must provide details in relation to their teaching load (including the number of days/hours per week, teaching blocks).

4. Availability - RRMP applicants must be available to attend all briefing and practice marking sessions.

5. Conditions of employment - The applicant must complete this section of the form in order for the application to be considered.

6. Approval from the principal - The principal is required to give approval to each applicant prior to the applicant submitting the application form. The applicant must seek approval from their principal to support the application and that they will release them from school to participate in the program.

7. Accessibility Remoteness Index of Australia (ARIA) - NESA considers the ARIA ranking when assessing applications; however, applicants must also meet the criteria to be appointed.

Important dates

Date Details
4 March 2021 Marker applications open for the RRMP.
18 March 2021 Marker applications close for the RRMP.
End of Term 2, 2021 All RRMP applicants will be notified of the outcome of their application.
End of Term 2, 2021 Successful applicants receive an email to confirm their appointment and tentative dates for marking, from NESA
End of Term 3, 2021 Successful applicants receive a letter, via Markers Online, confirming specific dates from NESA.
October - November 2021 Marking takes place.

Application forms and enquiries

Application and enquiries for the Rural and Remote Marking Program are due Thursday 18 March 2021.

Applicants must complete the online Google Form to participate in this program.

Applications for the program will not open before Thursday 4 March 2021.


Please direct enquiries regarding the RRMP to:

Mr Martin Dickens

Rural and Distance Education Advisor

(02) 6334 8184 / 0436 666 296

Please direct enquiries regarding Markers Online applications, pay rates, marking centres to:

NSW Education Standards Authority

Marker Support

(02) 9367 8104

A copy of the 2021 Rural and Remote Marking Program application booklet can be found online.

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