Find information about homeschooling in Australia here.
General Information – Homeschooling in Australia
Homeschooling in Australia (also known as home education) is a vibrant growing movement. There are at least 30 000 children homeschooling in Australia.
Why Are They Homeschooling?
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 Are They Starting Homeschooling in Australia?
According to a Facebook survey of 560 Australian homeschoolers :
- 16% commence homeschool from birth
- 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 Homeschooling?
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 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:
- New South Wales
- Western Australia
- Northern Territory
- South Australia
The Australian National Curriculum
The Australian National Curriculum is the Australian Federal Government’s attempt to standardise the education syllabi around Australia. This new syllabus is being implemented through out all the states and territories’ schools in Australia. You can find the full government curriculum here.
Queensland, Northern Territory, ACT, South Australia and Tasmania have all followed the Australian Curriculum as laid out in the government website. NSW, WA and Victoria have incorporated the national curriculum into their own state syllabi.
The new national curriculum is an outcome based. Outcome based curriculums are the new favourite catch phrase in education, another way to phrase it would be educational goals or objectives. They talk about what you want to achieve rather than focusing on what was taught.
Homeschooling And The National 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.
For those studying in NSW and WA who are worried that their state syllabus and the Australian Curriculum do not match exactly do not fret. You only need to base your homeschool program on the state syllabus. If you look closely at the two syllabi you will find all their outcomes are still linked to the Australian Curriculum.
Since these syllabi are based on the Australian Curriculum differences are minimal and your program only needs to be based on the state syllabus which is, as mentioned, based on the Australian Curriculum anyway.
How To Start Homeschooling
When contemplating homeschooling you will need to learn about what to teach and how to teach. Our How To Homeschool Course will help with this.
Our curriculum guides will give you an ideas of what is required for each grade.
- Kindergarten/Prep/ Pre Primary
- Year One
- Year Two
- Year Three
- Year Four
- Year Five
- Year Six
- Year Seven
- Year Eight (Coming 2020)
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.