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- general information on homeschooling Australia
- where to look for information to start homeschooling in Australia
- homeschooling Australia’s legal requirements – states and territories
- homeschooling support groups in Australia
General Information Homeschooling Australia
Homeschooling in Australia is a vibrant growing movement. Homeschool Australia statistics for 2014 show that there are over 12 000 registered homeschool students in Australia. It is also speculated that there are another 30 000 unregistered homeschooling students.
Within the homeschooling Australia community you are considered a homeschooler (or home educator as we prefer to be called) if you teach your children at home. This can include homeschooling through distance education or planning your own homeschool curriculum.
In Australia homeschooling is done for a variety of reasons. According to the recent NSW parliamentary enquiry into homeschooling these include:
- philosophical (such as opposed to mass education),
- dissatisfaction with school,
- special needs
Homeschool teaching looks very different to traditional school. Within the Australian homeschool community there are a variety of home education methods and Australian support groups. Learning about these different methods is very helpful for deciding how you want your homeschool to look and what resources you want to use.
The new Australian National Curriculum is being adapted for homeschooling Australia use.
When contemplating homeschooling you will need to learn about: how to start homeschooling and you will also need to learn about the legal requirement to register for homeschooling. These are two separate things.
For more information on what to teach and how to teach I suggest looking at How to Homeschool 101 for ideas on how to get ready for homeschooling Australia.
Australian National Curriculum Guides
For more specific recommendations see our Australian homeschool curriculum suggestions and outcomes list.
Homeschooling is legal throughout Australia, though regulations vary between states.
Legally children in Australia between the ages of 6 to 17 (Tasmania 5—16 years) must be in school or registered to homeschool. Children under the age of 17 who want to leave school must apply to homeschool, or meet certain workforce or vocational education requirements.
In order to homeschool each state and territory in Australia, has their own set of legal requirements. Some parents choose not to register.
To be registered to homeschool you must apply to the state or territory in which you are a resident. You cannot register to homeschool in Australia if you are living overseas, or have no fixed address. The parent who plans to homeschool registers each individual child.
Homeschooling Australia State Requirements
- NSW and Queensland have the strictest documentation guidelines for registration. When you register you are usually expected to show what you are planning on teaching your children and how it corresponds to their guidelines. The below links will help you with this.
- Victoria is the easiest state to be registered in as it only requires you to fill out a form and notify the Vic Department of Education. You can also homeschool part time in Victoria.
- Australian Capital Territory also allows part-time homeschooling. The ACT Department of Education requires you to fill in registration documents. You will need to show a learning program but they don’t require you to follow ACT curriculum or the National Curriculum.
- Western Australia has a large homeschool community. Registration involves a visit from a WA Department of Education moderator and evidence of a learning program based in the WA curriculum framework. More Homeschool Registration information WA.
- In the Northern Territory you register to homeschool with the NT Department of Education. You are required to fill out a form and are granted an interim registration. You will need to show a learning program but they don’t require you to follow NT curriculum or the National Curriculum. You will receive registration when they have been approved by a moderator.
- In South Australia registration is relatively simple. You will need to apply through SA Department of Education. After you have submitted your registration form you will need to provide a broad overview of your learning program including the eight key learning areas (following the completed aspects of the National Curriculum). You will also receive a home visit.
- In Tasmania the process is also relatively simple. You are not required to follow the National Curriculum. The Tasmanian Home Education Advisory Council handles the application.
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Aussie Homeschool is a free online community for all homeschooling families in Australia (current, past, enquiring or potential).The purpose and vision of Aussie Homeschool is to connect Australian homeschoolers from every town and state!There is opportunity to buy and sell resources, to give and receive encouragement, to share, to laugh, and to learn with other like-minded people. We aim to provide you with an informative, insightful, stimulating and encouraging platform for all your interests and needs .Together, we can make this community an enriching and helpful Australian network.
The Home Education Association Inc. (HEA) has been formed to support, promote and encourage the practice of home education.The HEA has no affiliation with state education authorities and all members should note that privacy is an Association priority.The broader objects of the HEA are as follows:To uphold the principle that parents are primarily responsible for the education of their children. To promote a broader awareness of Home Education and its benefits throughout Australia. To promote and encourage the development of Home Education Networks in Australia. To provide services and resources to Home Education Networks and individual home educators. To endeavour to procure any rights, privileges, concessions or benefits relating to home education for home educators and their families. To maintain a respect for the diversity of philosophies and methods used by Home Educators.
The Home Education Network Inc (HEN) is the largest, most vocal alternative education support group in Victoria..HEN has its origins in the Alternative Education Resource Group (AERG) which was formed in 1980 by a small group of concerned parents wanting alternatives to mainstream education for their children. Initially the group was very involved in community schools but gradually the main focus moved to home education and the name of the group was changed to the Home Education Network. Most of our members today are actively home-educating their children. HEN promotes local groups of home educators who organise group activities and classes as well as providing support to members.
Queensland Homeschool Forum – Connection Homeschoolers – Find out where homeschoolers are that you can catch up with in Queenland. Alos has a forum for asking advice about registration.
SHEN – Sydney Home Education Newtwork – Is for families living in Sydney who are wanting to find homeschool events and connect.
The Home-Based Learning Network (HBLN) was established in 1990 and incorporated in Western Australia in 1994 as a non-profit organization manned by volunteers. HBLN is designed to meet the growing needs of home based learners in Western Australia which is approximately 1,800 families.The Objects of the Network are to:
provide social contact and support for people involved in home based education, endeavour to foster closer cooperation between home based learners and the wider community,obtain or provide any rights, privileges, concessions, facilities or amenities for the educational benefit of home based students and their families, be a non-party political and non-sectarian organisation.
Hencast The Home Education Network of Canberra and the Southern Tablelands (Inc) is a network of home educating families from Canberra, Queanbeyan, Bungendore and surrounding areas. We have members (registered and not) from all walks of life with varying beliefs who are home educating their children in a variety of ways.
Hunter Home Educators aims to connect Hunter Home Educators in the Hunter Region of NSW. It encompasses Lake Macquarie Newcastle –Maitland—Nelson Bay and even up as far as the Singleton.