Find information about homeschooling in Australia here.
General Information – Homeschooling in Australia
When I began contemplating homeschooling back in 1998, not many people even knew it was an option. Now it seems like everyone knows a homeschooler or two. Homeschooling in Australia (also known as home education) is a vibrant and rapidly growing movement. Whilst it is hard to get exact numbers, it is estimated that there are at least 30 000 children who homeschooling in Australia.
Here is some general information about homeschooling in Australia. But if you want to know about getting registered follow the link to your state as requirements vary.
Homeschooling in Australia – State Requirements
Legally children in Australia between the ages of 6 to 15 need to be at school or homeschooled. From 15 to 17 children can leave school as long as they meet state educational or vocational requirements (this varies slightly between states).
To be registered for homeschooling in Australia 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 will be the home educator is the person who registers each individual child.
Each state has their own regulation for homeschooling. See information about your specific state here:
Why Are More People Choosing To Home Educate?
According to a recent NSW parliamentary enquiry, parents’ reasons for homeschooling include:
- philosophical (such as religion or educational philosophy),
- dissatisfaction with school,
- special needs,
When Do Home Educators Begin Homeschooling?
According to a Facebook survey of 560 Australian homeschoolers :
- 16% commence homeschool nver sent their children to school or preschool.
- 6% commence homeschool after preschool
- 39% withdraw their children from school between Foundation to Year 3
- 26% withdraw their children from school between Year 4 and 6
- 16% withdraw their children from school during high school
This survey was conducted R Vella, February 2017.
How Are They Teaching Their Children?
Home education in Australia is very different to traditional school and there are a variety of methods and philosophies of how you can teach your kids at home. At My Homeschool we favour a contemporary application of the Charlotte Mason Method but we still glean some ideas from other philosophies.
Other homeschooling methods include:
- Traditional Approach,
- Montesorri and Steiner,
- Unschooling/Natural learning,
- Unit Study Approach,
- Eclectic (which is really a combination of methods).
Homeschooling And The Australian Curriculum
NSW, WA, SA and NT are currently the only states to have their homeschool registration linked to the Australian Curriculum. NSW and WA use their states version of the Australian Curriculum. Currently all other homeschoolers can decide whether or not to follow the Australian curriculum.
Homeschooling Support in Australia
My Homeschool Community – is a virtual home educator’s staff room. We run our courses and forums using Moodle, which is used by many schools and universities. It provides: a place to ask questions, how to homeschool courses, resources for homeschooling, and our online curriculum (grades courses are an additional cost). You can join our community today if you like!
Home Education Association HEA website
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.
There are also a number of homeschooling in Australia FB groups
Tip: Search Facebook for homeschool groups in your area or ask on one of the Facebook forums. There are many more groups.