Rural and Remote Marking Program

Providing opportunities for country teachers to participate in HSC marking.

Marking applications for the 2019 HSC Rural and Remote Marking Program opens on Thursday 7 March and closes on Thursday 21 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 and the standard marking program close on Thursday 21 March 2019.

Under the standard marking program, opportunities to mark during the day are offered in several subjects in Sydney, Goulburn and Coffs Harbour. There are also opportunities to mark at night; however, the applicant would need to indicate what type of leave they would be taking during the marking period, eg leave without pay, long service leave etc, as NESA will only pay for casual relief for teachers marking a subject that is day marked.

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. Considerations may be made in particular subjects.

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. Qualifications - Normally a degree with a major in the course applied for, or a program of study deemed to be equivalent, is required for appointment as a marker.

4. Current position within the school - School principals are not eligible for appointment as a marker. Preference is given to teachers directly involved in the organisation, teaching and assessment of the course.

5. Part-time and casual teachers - Where an applicant has indicated that they have taught the course on a part-time or casual basis, they are asked to provide details in relation to their teaching load. These details should be attached to the form. This information should include the number of days/hours per week the course applied for is taught, whether the applicant is solely responsible for teaching the course, and whether the applicant is teaching the course for the whole year, or in blocks.

6. Availability - RRMP applicants must be available to attend all briefing and practice marking sessions. These sessions may be held during school hours, evenings or Saturdays. They may go over consecutive days. In this case applicants/ schools need to cover the additional leave requirements and associated costs of attending these sessions.

7. Applicant Declaration - The Applicant's Declaration must be signed in order to be considered for appointment.

8. Approval from the principal - The principal is required to give approval to each applicant prior to the applicant submitting the application form. This approval is to be sought by the applicant. The applicant must check that the principal is willing to release them to participate in the program.

When undertaking the selection of applicants other considerations are taken into account, such as, the Accessibility Remoteness Index of Australia (ARIA) for NSW Department of Education applicants. NESA also endeavours to fairly share available positions between applicants from CSNSW and the NSW Department of Education.

Important dates

Rural and Remote Marking Program application timeline 2019
7 March 2019 Marker applications open for Rural and Remote Marking Program
21 March 2019 Marker application closes for Rural and Remote Marking Program
End of Term 2, 2019 Successful applicants receive a letter of confirmation from NESA
End of Term 3, 2019 Successful applicants receive specific marking details from NESA
October–November 2019 HSC marking takes place

Application forms and enquiries

Application and enquiries for the Rural and Remote Marking Program are due Thursday 21 March 2019.

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

Applications for the program will not open before Thursday 7 March 2019.

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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