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HSC markers information


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Q. When does marking take place?

The majority of HSC marking takes place outside of school hours. Sometimes, briefing and practice marking sessions take place on schooldays; in such cases, BOSTES pays for schools to employ relief for any affected markers.

Q. How long does marking normally last?

The marking of written exams generally starts in late October, and usually runs for one-to- two weeks. BOSTES will send you the start date for marking when they confirm your application has been successful.

Q. What times am I likely to be asked to work?

Day markers

Day marking usually takes one week to complete, starting on a Saturday, and finishing the following Saturday. Dates for day marking are advertised when applications open in March. Markers should discuss arrangements with their Principal prior to applying for marking so that their absence from school can be covered.

Day marking hours: Weekdays 9.00am to 5.30pm Saturdays: 8.30am to 4.30pm

Night/Evening markers

The duration of marking will vary from subject to subject, but will usually take approximately two weeks. Start and finish times for marking will be included in your letter of appointment.

Hours of marking: Weeknights: 4.00pm to 9.00pm Saturdays: 8.30am to 4.30pm

Onscreen Corporate

Corporate onscreen marking is conducted at a corporate marking venue, on a computer provided by BOSTES. Generally, when a pen and paper subject transitions to onscreen marking, the first onscreen year will be marked in a corporate venue for the entire marking period. Some onscreen-marked subjects will remain corporate marked.

Hours of marking: Weeknights: 4.00pm to 9.00pm Saturdays: 8.30am to 4.30pm

External Onscreen Markers

External onscreen marking is carried out by markers using a computer at their home or other another secure location. Briefing sessions are conducted at designated corporate venues prior to the start of external marking. As for all types of marking, it is a condition of employment that markers attend all briefing sessions.

Hours of marking: Anytime between 6.00am and midnight

Q. What happens if my briefing session or marking is on during school time?

BOSTES will pay for the cost of relief to replace teachers who are required to attend weekday briefing sessions and/or weekday marking sessions during the marking period.

By approving applications for marking, Principals agree that teachers are released on full salary when required.

Q. Can the school get paid relief if I’m on LSL during marking?

If the marker is on long service leave during that period, the school cannot claim for relief from BOSTES.

Q. How much will I get paid?

For any rates or allowances not included in the answers below, please see the Higher School Certificate Marking and Related Casual Employees Rates of Pay and Conditions Award, which is available on the here.

Day markers (Pen & Paper)

Weekday allowance (payable to school teaching staff for the hours 9.00am to 3.30pm in addition to their normal salary) 
$75.20 per day

Marking taking place after 3.30pm, and all Saturday hours 
$86.43 per hour

Weekday rate (payable to a marker who is on approved leave or is a casual teacher) 
$77.59 per hour

Night/Evening markers (Pen & Paper)

Marking taking place after 3.30pm - $86.43 per hour


All Saturday hours 
-$86.43 per hour

Markers of Mathematics

Refer to HSC Markers Award Table 2 for specific papers and rates.

Onscreen- Corporate

Corporate onscreen subjects are paid either the hourly floor rate of $85.61, or the per 
unit rate, whichever is the higher.

Onscreen- External

Please click here for onscreen marking pay rates per question.

Q. What is the current meal rate (2016)?

From 8/8/2016 - $26.40 is payable to a marker on each day of corporate marking (including briefing and pilot marking sessions) where the marker works for at least an hour before and an hour after the meal break. The requirement for a marker to work before and after a meal break to be paid a meal allowance is waived for LOTE Examiners and LOTE Casuals.