Disclaimer: This is general information on homeschooling in Queensland and is not meant for legal advice.
FAQ for Homeschooling in Queensland
Here is a quick overview of the basic facts that you need to understand for homeschooling in Queensland.
Do I Need To Register?
If you live in Queensland and plan on homeschooling your child then HEU (Queensland Home Education Unit) states it is a legal requirement to register to homeschool from ages 6 to 16 – if your child is not enrolled in distance education, or at a school. Having said that, some homeschoolers do not register as they don’t believe they need to ask permission to educate their own children.
When Can I Remove My Kids From School?
If you want your child out of school quickly a provisional registration application is the best option. It does not require you to send in an educational plan and it lasts for 60 days. (I’ll tell you more about this so read on).
If you make an application for a Certificate in Home Education using the form on the HEU website the process takes about 2 weeks. This form requires you to submit an education plan which will also take time to prepare. If you are not in a hurry then this option is preferred by the HEU.
Can I Travel?
If you only plan to homeschool temporarily or you are travelling there is another option for homeschooling in Queensland called “exemption from school”.
Part Time Homeschooling Qld
In Queensland simultaneous enrolment in school and homeschool is not an option, however you may be permitted to participate in some school classes but not be officially enrolled. This option needs to be negotiated with individual schools and is up to the principal’s discretion. A fee may also be required.
Queensland Distance Education or Home Schooling
Queensland correspondence schools are a popular choice for many families with around 3500 students enrolled in the Christian homeschooling distance education schools alone. However Distance Education is quite different to homeschooling because you use pre determined curriculum and you are under the supervision of a school. In order to stay accredited these schools are required to comply with the Australian National Curriculum. This usually means that you lose the flexibility you have when determining your own curriculum, you also gain the advantage of not having to put in the effort to plan your own curriculum. Registration is often avoided but some distance education schools require you to register with the Home Education Unit as well.
When you home school without enrolling with a distance education school you maintain your independence and flexibility. You are also not required to follow the Australian National Curriculum (at this stage).
Can I Get A Queensland Certificate of Education (QCE) When I Homeschool?
When you choose to homeschool you can’t get a QCE, however your children can study for a QCE alternative that can lead towards an Overall Position (OP).
How To Register
Method One: Provisional Registration of 60 Days For Queensland Residence
Section 207 (p.218) Queensland Education (General Provisions Act) allows for provisional home education registration. See act here:
Do not fill in a form to apply for provisional registration. You must write a letter! (At My Homeschool we have given you a sample letter to download – the Home Education Association also provides templates).
You will not find a form for provisional registration on the HEU website (in fact they don’t even mention it) as they don’t make this option widely known. However this is a perfectly valid option and many people have used it for their initial application. You can get 60 days approval and during that time you can prepare your plan to send to the HEU.
Method Two: Certificate in Home Education (Initial Registration or After Provisional Registration)
To register for the Certificate in Home Education you need to fill in an application form the Queensland Home Education Unit (HEU) and be a Queensland resident. Once granted this certificate lasts 12 months. Registration is continuous however you are required to send in a report of progress every 12 months.
STEP ONE: Download and fill in your application for registration form from the HEU.
- Certificate of Registration – this process takes a little longer but you only have to do it once. You will need to submit your plans and complete the form with your child’s details.
This application requires you to demonstrate how you plan to provide a high quality education for your child.
The following details need to be included in your documentation:
- general details of your child
- An individualised education program tailored to a child’s need.
- A way to monitor educational progress
- Provision of a suitable environment for homeschooling.
Preparing Your Documents For Registration
STEP TWO: Start preparing your plan.
This will be easy using My Homeschool Courses as we have already prepared a basic yearly plan as a Word docx. for you to download and modify for your registration. You just need to add a few details like:
- Your child’s name
- A short blurb on your child’s specific learning needs
- Special activities that you plan for the year.
- If you plan on making additions to our program or tweaking them you can also modify the plan.
You can also add the scope and sequence for the years you are teaching. Although it is not compulsory to follow the Australian Curriculum our plans have been linked to the Australian Curriculum and codes have been provided in the scope and sequence.
There is no set time for registration approval. It could take a few weeks or months. They may want to ask a few questions about your application or ask for some extra information. This is usually via email but you can speak on the phone to someone
at the HEU.
Nine times out of ten, they will then tell you that you have been approved for registration and that you will be sent a registration certificate. Registration is continuous but you will be asked to send in reports of your child’s progress each year.
On the rare occasion that you are not approved you can contact the HEA and ask for help. (This is a support body for home educators in Australian. You can join if you haven’t already).
Preparing Your Annual Report
If you wish to continue homeschooling in Queensland you will need Each year to submit a progress report of your child’s home education for the year.
This will include:
- Samples of your child’s work. You will need to think ahead for these samples. My Homeschool have included prompts throughout the term to collect these samples and put them in your portfolio. Work samples should be taken from Math, English and another
subject. English compositions, and notebooking pages work well for this. Math’s samples need to show full working out of problems.
- A plan for the following year. If you are using My Homeschool Graded course for the next year then you can use our Yearly Planning Form for the following grade and fill out the appropriate details.
Is Homeschooling in Queensland Sounding Too Hard?
I know many of you are starting to think this is all too difficult (unless you’re a teacher or planning fanatic and this excites you), so here are a few options:
1. My Homeschool Graded Courses
My Homeschool is a complete syllabus for Australian homeschoolers that has been used for registration by Queensland homeschoolers. We have done most of the planning and curriculum for you. You just need to add specifics for your child. Our graded courses also provide you with templates and a Getting Registered Course that will make it much easier.
2. DIY Plan and Guide
If you want to plan your own curriculum and write up your own homeschool plan, these guides will give you some suggestions and help you familiarise yourself with the Australian Curriculum.