Consensus Moderation

For enquiries relating to consensus moderation please email or contact Mandy Hudson on 9273 6755.


Consensus moderation provides opportunities for teachers to build common understandings of the course standards that underpin comparability. Comparability between schools ensures fairness for all students.

Which courses?

In any given year, consensus moderation is conducted for a selection of ATAR, General and/or Foundation courses. Schools are advised, through the Authority’s 11to12Circular, of courses that will be involved in consensus moderation in a particular year.


Participation in consensus moderation is compulsory for one representative from each school for each of those courses that the school is delivering.


Consensus moderation meetings are held in the Perth metropolitan area and also, where numbers are viable, in regional centres. Each school is allocated to a consensus moderation group (typically of 10–15 schools) for a course. The meetings are typically facilitated by the Authority officer responsible for the course.

Alternative arrangements are made for regional, remote and international schools. Online meetings, following the same format as face-to-face meetings, are conducted for these schools and the required materials must be uploaded to the Authority’s online system before the meeting.


The consensus moderation process will be conducted in two blocks of 3 weeks duration. The first in Term 2 from Weeks 7 to 9 (Monday 8 June 2020 to Friday 26 June 2020) and the second in Term 3 from Weeks 2 to 4 (Monday 27 July 2020 to Friday 14 August 2020).