What to know about marking for the HSC

Greg Butler
Industrial Officer

BOSTES says load-testing by its IT department indicates the onscreen marking system will be reliable this year

Some 6000 markers are employed each year by the Board of Studies, Teaching and Educational Standards (BOSTES) to mark Higher School Certificate written, practical, performance and language oral examinations.

Federation members are represented by the NSW Teachers Federation for industrial purposes.

Members are given the necessary time at the beginning of marking to elect a Federation Representative. These Fed Reps are advised to register themselves with the Federation as an official representative of employees for industrial purposes and for contact by a Federation Officer if required, using the HSC Markers Fed Rep Registration Form at www.nswtf.org.au.

Useful information and references for Fed Reps are provided in the HSC Markers Fed Rep Kit which is found under the My Work tab on the homepage.

External markers and their Fed Reps are encouraged to exchange contact details during corporate briefing sessions to enable ongoing contact in external marking mode if required. External markers marking through Markers Online are expected to log on every weeknight and Saturday until marking concludes.

BOSTES officers have informed the Federation that load-testing by its IT department indicates that the onscreen marking system will be reliable this year.

If a marker encounters system connectivity and download difficulties during log-on, a BOSTES IT error report will be triggered. This will verify that the marker has attempted to log on to the system. Markers in this situation in external mode are advised also to contact their Senior Marker and inform their Fed Rep.

Markers in corporate marking sessions are entitled to a meal break of 60 minutes.

There is scope to reduce the length of meal breaks, by 30 minutes or less, through a majority vote at the initial briefing session. The amount of time saved by reducing meal breaks may enable the whole group of markers to exercise one of the following options for marking sessions:

  • a later start
  • an earlier finish
  • a combination of a later start and earlier finish.

The Supervisor of Marking is to conduct the vote. The vote may occur at the first briefing session and take effect for the subsequent corporate marking session.

Markers may elect to have no meal break reduction.

Rates of pay for markers were increased by 0.5 per cent above the public sector wages cap for each year in 2014–2016 as a result of meetings of markers held in May 2014.

Rates of pay for 2015 and 2016 are to be found in the HSC Markers Award Variation 2015. The Award Variation ensures that markers obtain their full 3.0 per cent in wage rises for 2015 and 2016 due to deferral of anticipated increases in the Superannuation Guarantee.

Markers with queries about their pay are advised to contact the Finance branch of BOSTES at first instance on (02) 9367 8197.