By States and Territories
Each state and territory has it’s own government and laws – all have legislation covering home education – and they all differ from each other! In South Australia the legislation provides for exemption from attending school rather than home education registration. The states and territories, not the federal government, are responsible for the provision of education. That means they are responsible for funding education. Because the federal government took away the opportunity to derive tax from personal income from the states early in federation, it gives the states and territories funds to help cover the cost of education. Each year the states and territories haggle with the federal government for sufficient or increased funding. Funding is provided to both state and private schools but not to registered home educators (who are seen as being ‘outside’ of the education system even though all have to comply with education regulation).
~Beverley Paine. The Educating Parent.
Home Education Association Inc.
HEA was formed in April 2001 to promote the practice of home education in Australia and aims to provide members with benefits which would be difficult to obtain by individuals or smaller groups. Event organizers especially should look into this group for insurance.
Muslim Home Education Network Australia
Provides information and support on the viable and responsible option of Home Schooling to the Muslim Community.
Tasmanian Home Education Advisory Council
Information and support for parents interested in educating at home in Tasmania.
Cover Schools / Distance Learning Programs
Brisbane School of Distance Education
Queensland government-sponsored program for children who live in remote areas.
Charters Towers School of Distance Education
Our school provides quality education to children who for a variety of reasons do not attend mainstream schools. Based in North Queensland.
School of the Air
Australia is a huge continent and is home to some of the most geographically isolated and remote communities in the world. How do children living in these communities go to school? The answer is Community Government schooling and the School of the Air.
Swan Christian College Online
Swan Christian College is co-educational high school with over 850 students. Situated in Metropolitan Perth at the gateway to the Swan Valley.
South Australian Homeschooling Camps
Yahoo Group for families interested in attending and organising homeschool camps in South Australia.
See also: Past Events in Australia
A Personal View on Programming
There is no explicit requirement that a programme be written. I encourage people to programme only when and where it helps them to formulate their ideas and to implement their plans.
Home educators are finding that preparing an education programme for their child is a helpful way of documenting their ideas and are using this to demonstrate their educational plans to government officials. By Janelle Hardy, HEA.
Legal Requirements and Registration in NSW
This article deals broadly with legal requirements in NSW and the registration process. Author: Janelle Hardy, HEA.
Legal Requirements and Registration in NT
Parents who wish to home educate children of compulsory school age must ensure that, prior to home education commencing, approval is received through DET.
Why Teach in the Territory
The site the NT government does not want you to see. Dr Robert E. Bartholomew and his wife are former homeschoolers in Australia who became Outback teachers. They launched this website attacking the Northern Territory Education Department as corrupt.
South Australia Education Code For Homeschooling
In South Australia, parents may choose to educate their child(ren) at home rather than accessing a school based education program.
Tasmanian Compulsory enrolment & attendance
Home education is a legally supported alternative to enrolment at a school, provided that the parent is registered as a home educator in respect of that child. This means that the parent meets the requirements for undertaking home education, as described in the policy statement on home education.
An online education magazine with downloadable stories for children and loads of tips for educating your kids.
ADF Homeschooling Families
This is a nationwide, tri-service supportive group for all Australian Defence Force (current serving members) families who are home educating or considering home educating their children. This group offers support, friendship and encouragement to home educating families of the Australian Defence Force community.
Aussie Homeschool Classifieds
This message board is primarily for Australian Homeschoolers to swap or sell curriculum- new or second hand or to share resources, online links, homeschool businesses or retailers.
Australian home school
This is a list for Australian home schoolers! Welcome! The list is very active and full of great idea’s and great people. You can ask questions and respond to posts freely. Homeschoolers, unschoolers, natural learners, Christian, curriculum – all homeschoolers are welcome.
Provides parents who are educating their own children and others who are interested in following this path with a comfortable site where they can interact with fellow group members and post regarding any matters whatsoever without apprehension that the messages they post will be met with nitpicking or other discourteous or inconsiderate responses.
This club welcomes ‘home schoolers’ from all countries but focuses in particular on help with government ‘requirements’ for those living in New South Wales, Australia.
Christian Homeschooling in Australia
This is a group for Christian parents who homeschool their children or who are thinking of homeschooling. It is a group where parents can share their experiences with each other good and no so good in an non threatening environment.
We are Aussie, Kiwi, New Guinea and nearby region families, using Charlotte Mason-inspired, living books, literature-based, lifestyle of learning and hands-on learning, approaches.
There is a ‘where do you live’ doc – please add your name if you want to make contact with others in your area. There are also several other files of interest, including samples of approved learning programs. Beverley Paine started this group.
Homeschool Australia FAQ
You can post your homeschooling questions on this site and Beverley Paine, homeschooling author and publisher with 19 years of home educating experience, as well as other list members, will do their best to answer them.
Home to a mix of Homeschoolers, Natural Learners, Unschoolers, Eclectic Homeschoolers and everything in between.
Muslim Home Education Network Australia
Muslim Home Education Network Australia invites all Muslim Home Schoolers (Sisters) or Muslim Women living in Australia who are actively seeking information on homeschooling to join our Australian based list.
For anyone wanting to know more about unschooling, share their stories, chat about unschooling. It’s not exclusive. People transitioning to unschooling are welcome too. This group welcomes conversation about any kind of unschooling philosophy, ideas and practice. This group was originally started by Beverley Paine, http://theeducatingparent.com/ (formerly Homeschool Australia and Unschool Australia).
Imagine trekking where human feet have barely left a mark and discovering outback Australia without leaving your own classroom. Join our expedition and enjoy the ultimate adventure!
There are overseas reviews sites, but they don’t cater for our unique needs as Australian and New Zealand homeschoolers. Does the history program we want to use have a US centric focus? Will the phonics program cope with our accents? What about all the wonderful products made especially for us that are not even mentioned on overseas review sites? Well, we think we have the solution.
Supplies and Curriculum
Always Learning Books
Family friendly how to begin homeschooling, unschooling and parenting books, including books by Beverley Paine.
A free online community for all Australian homeschool (current, past, enquiring or potential) parents. The purpose and vision of Aussie Homeschool is to connect Australian homeschoolers from every town and state.
This directory is a collection of information about Australian bookshops. Any submissions are most welcome: the more information the better.
Australian Correspondence Schools
For the eclectic learner. All sorts of courses you can enroll in one at a time. Ideal for independent teens.
HEA Australia Member Discounts
The HEA have negotiated the following discounts for its members. We are speaking continually with other service providers, so visit this page again for updates.
Charlotte Mason flavored ideas, teaching tips and resources for the homeschool journey. Many of the resources have an Australian and New Zealand flavor but others are universal in appeal.
Homeschooling Supplies (Aust.)
Run by Frank and Valerie Marett, who have homeschooled for over sixteen years. Their catalog includes a large collection of high quality, attractive, Australian material that is self-instructional. Placement testing provided before you buy.
Kingsley Educational Pty Ltd
KEPL is a mail order supplier of home education curriculum and support materials. Primarily Christian materials.
Perth Home Ed Swap List
A place for home based learners in Western Australia to buy, sell or swap used curriculum, books and other home ed related items.
Home Education SA
Support group for homeschoolers in SA, keep in touch with events and activities organised for homeschoolers.
Support Group Lists
Support Groups & Newsletters
If you’re seeking contact with other home educators in your area, this is the place to do it. From HEA.