HSC markers'­ feedback sought

Greg Butler
Industrial/Research Officer

Members who mark or are likely to mark the Higher School Certificate (HSC) are encouraged to provide feedback to the Federation on an offer for a new award for HSC markers.

The current award expired last December. Employment of markers and examiners for the 2017 marking operation commences from late July.

Each year, the NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA, formerly BOSTES) employs approximately 4000 teachers as markers, itinerant markers and examiners. Federation is one of three unions involved in negotiations.

NESA’s offer is for a two-year award, (2017 and 2018), and a 2.5 per cent annual increase in rates of pay in 2017 and again in 2018. This offer is within both the Public Sector Wages Policy and the Industrial Relations (Public Sector Conditions of Employment) Regulation 2014, which have the force of law and cap increases in salaries and employee-related costs to annual increases of 2.5 per cent. Increases above 2.5 per cent must be fully offset by employee-related savings.

Proposed changes include:

  • requiring the Director of Marking to set Saturday corporate marking hours as either 8.30am–4.30pm or, as is currently the case, 9am–5pm
  • requiring NESA’s approval of agreements that can currently be made between markers and the Supervisor of Marking, for marking to continue up to one and a half hours after a corporate marking session
  • clarifying that an existing award requirement that 10 per cent of HSC markers in each course are to be new markers, is subject to the availability of suitable applicants each year.

Members may provide their feedback at a meeting to be held at Federation House, 23-33 Mary Street, Surry Hills on Wednesday, 24 May at 4pm. Those unable to attend the meeting may provide their written feedback to the Federation by 9am on Thursday, 25 May. Feedback emails should:

  • be addressed to mail@nswtf.org.au
  • have the subject heading ‘HSC Marker Award Offer Feedback’
  • identify the member name and
    Federation membership number.

Feedback from members will be reported to Federation’s Executive.

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