Homeschooling or Home Education, is legal in all six states and two territories in Australia. Each state and territory has its own education department overseeing their requirements and each state has slightly different rules and regulations. It will be necessary for you to contact the department of the state or territory you are residing in. These contacts have been listed below for your convenience.
There are common themes running across all the Homeschooling registrations requiring you to prove that you will provide an education to your child that is equal to or better than what they would receive if attending a school.
As your child's educator, you will be required to:
The Key Learning areas required by the Australian Government are:
We are happy to provide detailed course content documents to accompany your application once you are enrolled with our organisation.
At the official NESA (Education Standards Authority) link below it has all the application forms and guides for you to apply for your exemption:
Below is the link to the Queensland Department of Education (HEU) Home Education Unit. It is advised that you contact the Department via a letter to request provisional registration or to apply for registration via their online application forms. See their site for more information:
You will be required to contact your Regional Education Office at: https://www.education.wa.edu.au/contact and ask to speak with a Home Education Moderator who will assist you in the process of applying for registration.
The Victorian Registration and Qualifications Authority (VRQA) is the controlling body for Victoria. You can download your application and fill in the required registration form here: https://www.vrqa.vic.gov.au/home/Pages/homeeducation.aspx
An application needs to be made to the Education Directorate for permission to Homeschool in Canberra (ACT). The following link https://www.education.act.gov.au/about-us/contact_us will provide you with online access to the application forms required.
The Northern Territory Board of Education is the ruling authority you will be required to register with for this region. You can download your registration form here and begin the process: https://nt.gov.au/learning/primary-and-secondary-students/home-education
The Department of Education and Child Development (DECD) is the ruling authority you will be applying for registration with. You will be required to email them at: firstname.lastname@example.org and request that they send you out an application pack before you are able to proceed further.
The Office of Education Registrar (OER) is the ruling education authority in Tasmania. You can download and fill in your registration form here to begin the process: https://oer.tas.gov.au/home-education/
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Enquiry learning is the third piece of the puzzle that fits seamlessly together with Waldorf and Montessori to form our comprehensive education program.The role that Enquiry learning plays is to develop the children’s learning from the ‘Teacher Led’ end of the scale, through to the ‘Child Led’ end. How a child learns is incredibly important to how they approach life and learning opportunities later on in life.
At Functional Education we make an effort to reflect Waldorf, Montessori and Enquiry learning principles. Last week I wrote a post on how we reflect the 8 guiding principles of Montessori into our every day learning. This week I will outline how we incorporate that with the Waldorf aspects of our curriculum.
Montessori and Waldorf learning are closely aligned through the younger years. Each focuses on children learning with their heads, their hearts and their hands.
Preparing our children to attend school can be a daunting experience. It doesn’t matter if we are thinking of enrolling them in a local public school, a private school, an alternative school or considering keeping them in the home environment to school them. All learning environments come with their own challenges and successes. These days it’s more about shaping our children’s educational journey to meet our expectations rather than conforming to societies norms.
A child must be registered in a school from age six, so if a family wishes to homeschool, they need to go to the Ministry of Education website and complete the Home Education Application form before the child turns six.
Functional education can deliver a quality education anywhere you have an internet connection.
It is a privilege to be able to educate your child at home in a school without walls. You have absolute say in how you would like your child to receive their learning in an environment you love.
One of the greatest benefits of educating your children in a school without walls (at home or on the road), is the ability to spend a significant amount of time outdoors. There is no need to organise a massive field trip and fill out copious amounts of Health and Safety paperwork. Just open the door and go.
This excerpt is from the book ‘The Homeschooling Handbook’ by Lorilee Lippincott, 2014. It is an excellent reference for all things homeschooling, and contains lots of lovely case studies from families who have successfully embarked upon this journey.