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Homeschooling Laws Australia: The Legal Requirements For Homeschooling in Australia

All kids need to be educated in Australia. It’s a government legal requirement.

Every child from the age of 6 through to 16 years of age needs to be enrolled in a school or alternatively registered and approved to be homeschooled in the state in which they live.

Homeschooling Laws in Australia

To qualify for home schooling you have to register your child for homeschool and then follow a state education department ‘approved’ curriculum.

During the school year you will also be required to follow reporting guidelines as set out by the department of education in your state.

You cannot register to be homeschooled if your are living permanently overseas.

The parent that will be the predominant home educator/tutor is the person that needs to register each individual child that is to be homeschooled.

Why Homeschool Your Child In Australia?

The reasons why families decide to homeschool is varied. Sometimes lifestyle factors or a child with special needs or simply dissatisfaction with traditional education.

In Australia there are approximately 20 000+ students registered. This does not include the thousands that are enrolled in a Distance education School.

I believe, it does not really matter the reasons why. However, it’s essential that you are aware of the legal, moral and ethical obligations that you will be responsible for as a home educator.

How To Start Homeschooling In Australia?

A decision needs to be made about what type of homeschooling experience you and your family want to have.

This means you start by choosing the curriculum to follow for the coming school year. Read our post about Homeschooling and the Australian Curriculum.

1. Choose Which Curriculum To Follow

There are 2 main options that you can choose.

#1 Designed Curriculum

Following a specifically designed curriculum either by Distance Education (Online) or by an regulated private course (eg Montesori or religious curriculum)

#2 Autonomous Curriculum

Autonomous learning by creating and implementing your own curriculum for your children that requires authorisation and approval by your State Education Department.

Once a decision has been made it is important that enrolment in the school is approved. (option # 1) or an application and approval are sought if you chose autonomous learning (option # 2)

2. Seek The Information For Your State

You can seek further information about this that directly relates to your state or Territory by searching online through the following links.

3. Understanding Your Responsibilities

In addition to this, you will have other responsibilities as a parent/home tutor including:

  1. You will be be responsible for providing a comfortable and supportive learning environment for your child/kids
  2. You will be required to provide access to resources and learning materials
  3. You will be responsible for supervising, monitoring and assessing your child/kids and academic progress reporting to authorities

What Qualification Do Need to Homeschool In Australia?

Legally speaking you do not have to be qualified to homeschool your child in Australia. Many parents think they need training and need to be an expert to homeschool their child.

You certainly don’t need any formal University qualifications, but you will need to to know how to read, and write equivalent to a year 10 junior high school level. Very few parents think they can naturally homeschool successfully.

Learn More: What Qualifications Do You Need To Homeschool Your Child?

Words of advice: Homeschooling in Australia

Just like familiar saying ” Knowledge is power” this really is essential if you want to undertake the immense task of homeschooling.

The more information and resources that you are armed with, hopefully the more prepared and more memorable your experience will be.

Homeschooling is a huge responsibility, however it does give you the freedom and flexibility to live a life in a way that you choose and educate your children in a way that directly compliments that way of life.

Yes we may have legal obligations related to homeschooling that are dependant on our place of residence. However, we can all agree that no mater what part of the world we live in our primary concern is the health, happiness and well-being of our children.

Homeschooling – No Pay but plenty of Pride !!

With love and kindness on your homeschool journey

Ursula x

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How to Homeschool – The Good the Bad and the Ugly Realities of Doing it Successfully

This is the book I wrote my younger self about doing it successfully. Take it from some one who has been there.

It is everything I have learnt from my 18 years as a full time educator, mum and housewife.

It is everything you need to get started.

Ursula Boston

About The Author

My name is Ursula Boston. I’ve been educating my daughters as a proud homeschool mum for nearly 20 years. Alongside managing our household and small business from home.

If you want to learn how to do this from someone who has actually done it. Twice! I will show you HOW.

More About Me

How To Homeschool E-Book Cover

How to Homeschool – The Good the Bad and the Ugly Realities of Doing it Successfully

This is the book I wrote my younger self about doing it successfully. Take it from some one who has been there.

It is everything I have learnt from my 18 years as a full time educator, mum and housewife.

It is everything you need to get started.

Ursula Boston

My name is Ursula

Hello and Welcome !

I’ve been educating my daughters as  a proud homeschool mum for nearly 20 years. I have also been married to a very patient man for 28 years and have combined all this with running our household as well as managing a small business from home.

Our oldest daughter is currently completing her PHD in Clinical Psychology and our youngest has entered her final senior years of High School. 

If you want to learn  how to do this from someone who has actually done it… Twice, I will show you HOW.

I do not claim to be an expert , nor am I a qualified teacher but I am qualified to share all my experiences. From our humble beginnings of teaching from the kitchen table through to the advancements of  digital learning on the laptop.

I will happily share with you tips and tricks that will guide and support you along this daunting yet equally amazing home school journey

No Pay… but plenty of Pride ! 

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