Rural and Remote Marking Program

Providing opportunities for country teachers to participate in HSC marking.

Marking applications for the 2020 HSC Rural and Remote Marking Program opens on Thursday 5 March and closes on Thursday 19 March.

The HSC Rural and Remote Marking Program (RRMP) is a joint initiative of the NSW Department of Education, Catholic Schools NSW (CSNSW) 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

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 when teachers are required at briefing sessions.

NESA will not cover casual relief or briefing sessions that are attended after school hours or on Saturdays.

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 3 years). Applicants with no previous marking experience are eligible to apply under the RRMP, as are those with minimal marking experience. Retired teachers are not eligible.

Applicants who apply under the RRMP are encouraged to also apply for the standard marking program by completing a separate online marking application on Markers Online. This will ensure that if your application for the RRMP is not successful, you can still be considered for marking through the standard marker application process. Additional funding from Rural and Distance Education will only apply for applicants under the RRMP.

Applications for the RRMP must be submitted through the online Google Form. Standard marking applications must be submitted through the NESA website. Applications for the Rural and Remote Marking Program close on Thursday 19 March 2020.

Under the standard marking program, opportunities to mark during the day are offered in several subjects in Sydney, Goulburn and Coffs Harbour.

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 - 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
5 March 2020 Marker applications open for the RRMP.
19 March 2020 Marker applications close for the RRMP.
End of Term 1, 2020 All RRMP applicants will be notified of the outcome of their application.
End of Term 2, 2020 Successful applicants receive an email to confirm their appointment and tentative dates for marking, from NESA
End of Term 3, 2020 Successful applicants receive a letter, via Markers Online, confirming specific dates from NESA.
October - November 2020 Marking takes place.

Application forms and enquiries

Application and enquiries for the Rural and Remote Marking Program are due Thursday 19 March 2020.

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

Applications for the program will not open before Thursday 5 March 2020.


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

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