Aussie Educator

Home Schooling

Home schooling is a viable, educational alternative which appears popular in other countries, especially the United States, and which is gaining increasing popularity in Australia.

Home schooling provides an alternative educational solution for people holding particular beliefs, or having genuine concern about specific circumstances relating to a given situation. But - it is not just a simple and easy solution for every problem that may occur.

Those considering involvement in this process must understand there are not only potential benefits but also responsibilities associated with such a decision. Removing a student from a situation causing major concern is only the first step.

Then come the obligations linked to legal requirements and most importantly, the effective and ongoing education of your child, as this will affect not only their education but future life. It must be done with due care and understanding for it to be effective. Done properly, it can work very well. Done wrongly, it may have devastating consequences.

This page looks at Home Schooling in all Australian states & Territories. Registration, Support Group and Other Information is provided in separate listings within each section.

The Second Page looks at beginning home schooling, home schooling blogs, magazines and journals, research, specialist areas and other general information. Some Australian material is included in these sections.

The Home Schooling Resources page provides access to resources from Australia and overseas.

States & Territories

Australian Capital Territory

Registration Information

Other Information

Support Group Information

  • Christian Home Education Canberra
    ‘Established as a means of communicating within our group and with people who are interested in home education in the ACT’. Subscription for membership sections.
  • HENCAST
    ‘A network of home educating families from Canberra, Queanbeyan and surrounding areas. We have members home educating their children in a variety of ways’. Membership is fee-based. Information on legislation, articles, regular meetings, more.
  • Support Information - ACT
    Several contacts are provided which may be of use.

New South Wales

Registration Information

Other Information

  • Enrolment of Students Policy
    NSW Department of Education. Multiple documents in one place.
  • Home Schooling Consultative Group
    NESA. ‘The terms of reference for the HSCG are to oversee consultation between the BOSTES and the home schooling population; provide input to and review the design and implementation of home schooling policies and procedures; and provide ongoing advice and assistance to the BOSTES’.
  • Legal Requirements
    Response to one of a series of commonly asked questions about homeschooling.

Support Group Information

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Northern Territory

Registration Information

Other Information

Support Group Information

Queensland

Registration Information

  • Home Education
    ‘Maintained by the staff of the Home Education Unit to support the parents of Queensland who home educate their children. The Home Education Unit assists parents with the registration’. Specific information about :

Other Information

Support Group Information

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South Australia

Registration Information

  • Home Education [SA.gov.au]
    Getting approval for home education, Home visit, Learning program, Related information. Contact Home Education Coordinator on 8226 1327.

Other Information

Support Group Information

Tasmania

Registration Information

  • Registration Process
    Details from the Office of the Education Registrar.
  • THEAC
    ‘Under current legislation [2016], THEAC is responsible for providing advice to the Registrar in relation to applications for approval of a home education program; providing the Minister and the Registrar with advice in relation to home education generally; and providing a reference point for queries, responds to community concerns and maintains liaison with other agencies about home education ’.
  • THEAC [Facebook]
    ‘Established in 1993 to advise the Minister for Education and the general public on matters to do with home education and to register and monitor individual home education programs’.

Other Information

Support Group Information

  • Home Education Tasmania
    ‘A community designed for everyone who is either home educating, being home educated or has an interest in home education in Tasmania’.
  • Support Contacts - Tas
    A small number of contacts which may be of use.

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Victoria

Registration Information

  • Home Schooling [Vic]
    DET, Victoria. Registering to home school, Addressing Key learning Areas, Partial Enrolment, Home Schooling Roundtable.
  • Home Schooling
    ‘If you are a parent living in Victoria, and want to home school your child, you must register your child with the Victorian Registration and Qualifications Authority [VRQA]’. Related information includes :

Other Information

Support Group Information

Western Australia

Registration Information

Other Information

Support Group Information

  • Home Based Learning Network
    ‘Seeks to meet the growing needs of all families in the home based community here in Western Australia’. Provides access to resources, discounts, etc.. Forums, articles, Events Listing, a Support Network listing [with contacts], Blogs, more.
  • Support Groups/Contacts - WA
    A small range of Support Groups and Associations and a longer list of individual contacts which may be of use.

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Australian Information

Activity Test Exemption

Discussion Groups

You need to become a member to access the material included.

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General Sites

  • Aussie Homeschool
    ‘Free online community for all Australian homeschool [current, past, enquiring or potential] parents. Buy and sell resources, give and receive encouragement, share, laugh, and learn with other like-minded people’.
  • Australian Home Education Advisory Service
    ‘Offers professional assistance on a personal basis to both first time and experienced home educators. Based on up-to-date Australian research material’.
  • Australian Homeschooling Laws
    ‘Legislation and regulations for each state may be found at the following links’. Information on Commonwealth Welfare to Work legislation.
  • Australian Homeschool Resources By States and Territories
    A2Z Homeschooling. ‘Each state and territory has it’s own government and laws - all have legislation covering home education - and they all differ from each other’. Annotated links for each covering legal matters, support groups, online information, resources, supplies, curriculum, more.
  • Christian Heritage College
    A tertiary group who [provide] information about courses and related aspects as well as specific information about Scholarships.
  • Australian Museum Eureka Prizes
    Find Key dates, fast facts, more.
  • Home Education Association Inc. [Australia]
    ‘Promote[s] the practice of home education in Australia and provide[s] members with benefits which would be difficult to obtain by individuals or smaller groups’. Their Frequently Asked Questions page is worth visiting, as is a Local Support Contacts page.
  • Homeschool Australia !
    Remains one of the best Australian sites and Beverley Paine is certainly someone who knows what homeschooling in Australia is all about. A site you should not miss.
  • Homeschooling Downunder
    Extensive resources and ‘helpful homeschooling advice’ covering getting organised, and teaching skills.
  • Homeschool WA
    ‘Provides general and academic support for homeschooling families. We recommend and use the pre-prepared whole curriculum package Accelerated Christian Education [ACE]’.
  • HSLDA - Australia
    Country information, Headlines, contact information, more.
  • Leaping From The Box
    ‘Email lists, support groups, message boards, forums and newsletters for those practicing home education in Australia’.
  • SouthEast Home Education
    ‘After many years of homeschooling, we understand the need families have to belong to a like-minded group and have access to a network’.

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