Homeschooling Australia Facts in a Nutshell
Homeschooling Australia is legal in all states and territories. Each state government has different requirements. You apply to the education board in the state you reside but if you have no fixed address you cannot apply. If you do not live in Australia, or you are not a resident then you cannot apply for homeschooling in Australia. You do not get paid to homeschool in Australia. You choose and buy your own curriculum.
Homeschool Statistics in Australia
Homeschooling Australia (also known as home education) is a vibrant and rapidly growing movement. Not all homeschoolers register with the government for various reasons. Children in distance education are not considered to be home schooled so their enrollment is not included in official statistics. Whilst it is hard to get exact numbers these here are some recent figures gathered from state government annual reports and correspondence. Unregistered homeschool numbers are hard to estimate but some believe it to be at least 30% of the general homeschool community. Reasons for not registering include the difficult registration process, parents travelling, and educational autonomy for the parents.
Home education is a growing sector in education. More than 3000 children are currently registered for home education in NSW, there having been a 40% increase in registrations over the past five years. However, these statistics underestimate the true number of home educated children as many families opt out of the registration system; there may be more than 10 000 home educated children in NSW. Home Education Australia May 2014
Students who use a distance education provider are not included in official government statistics. They are considered to be in school. Queensland and Western Australia have a very high proportion of homeschool students doing distance education and this is why the amount of registered homeschoolers in those states looks smaller. One of the biggest educational providers in Queensland reports more than 5000 students.
13 FAQs For Homeschooling In Australia Answered
Is it legal to homeschool in Australia?
What are the homeschool laws for my state?
Can my child go to university if they are homeschooled?
Do I need to be a teacher to homeschool in Australia?
Do I have to use a specific curriculum?
Is unschooling allowed in Australia?
How much does homeschooling cost?
How do I start homeschooling?
- Determine your motives for homeschooling. This will affect so many of your choices. It will give you a great starting point.
- Make a simple start. Don’t be afraid to buy a curriculum package at first. Get samples when possible. It is probably a cheaper option than DIY in the long run and you can usually find some support at the same time. Curriculum packages have already streamlined the process so you won feel so overwhelmed comparing all your options.
- Watch how you like to teach and how your child learns. This will help you make decisions in the future.
- Be prepared to make some sacrifices. Homeschooling takes a considerable commitment for it to work, especially in the early days.
- Try to take your focus off academics and on to establishing good habits and close family relationships. Academics will fall into place. Homeschooling is not school at home – it is a lifestyle.
How is homeschooling different from distance education?
Do homeschoolers do exams?
How do you homeschool with more than one child?
Can I homeschool in high school?
Can You Do The Registration Plan For Me?
There are no generic plans that you can just print off and submit. However, some people offer a planning registration service that will cost you a few hundred dollars.
In all circumstances you will need to be a part of the planning process because all plans need to be individualised for your child. When you have your registration visit you need to know what is in the plan and discuss how you are going to teach it.
At My Homeschool we provide a Registration Planning Course and give you templates with an outcome linked scope and sequence for each of our grades. These are only useful to you if you are using our courses.
My Homeschool is a curriculum package for Australian homeschoolers that has been successfully used for registration by hundreds of NSW homeschoolers. We have done most of the planning and linking to the syllabus 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.
Homeschooling Support in Australia
There are too many Facebook groups for Australian Homeschoolers to list, you can easily find them through a Facebook search. Try also searching a group in your local area.
My Homeschool Community is also a place that offers support for homeschooling in Australia.
We provide a virtual home educator’s staff room for all our members which includes:
- regular online workshops,
- how to homeschool courses
- registration help courses
- community forums for members only