Australian Homeschool Resources 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.
Australian Curriculum Homeschool
My name is Carolyn and I’m a home educating mum of two boys. Our children were not always educated at home, however when the time came to do so, we grabbed the opportunity and haven’t looked back since. Facebook page.
Australian Homeschool Bloggers
Have a home schooling blog? Wanting to connect, share, encourage and collaborate with other Australian Home School Bloggers? This group is for you?
Expedition Homeschool: Book Review: The Australia Book
This would be my favourite out of all the books we have bought and borrowed in our schooling journey so far. Not only is it perfect for a Right Brain Learner as it is a visual timeline of Australia’s History, but it is beautifully illustrated, clear, to the point, contains the information you need and is a great reference point for the kids.
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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.
Australian Christian Homeschoolers
This group is intended for fellowship, encouragement, events and practical advice (particularly in comparing the various Christian homeschooling curricula).
Australian Highschool Homeschool
Hi all, this is a group for those who are home educating highschoolers in Australia , that is, Year 7 – 12 (age range approx 12- 20, but this is not set in concrete).
Australian Homeschoolers’ Procrastinator Support
This group is to help fellow procrastinators, who also happen to be homeschoolers, to get on with the things in life they’ve been putting off.
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.
Australian Homeschool Graduates
Contact admin about joining this Facebook group.
Best Selling Magazines for Homeschooling Kids
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Australian Homeschool LEGO Quest
Lego Quest is a non-competitive, creative building challenge resource for LEGO loving kids that lasted for three years and resulted in 51 unique quests. Now we can do our own quest because we know homeschoolers love LEGO.
Australian Secular Homeschool
This group is for non Religious Australian Home Educators to connect. A place to gather, share ideas and support each other.
Australian Traveling Homeschoolers
Are you traveling long term or dreaming about taking that big trip and wondering how to educate your kids while on the go?
Froebel’s Spielgaben in use in Australian Homeschools
In particular, members from Australian states where registration entails recording curriculum outcomes would appreciate links to state curricula.
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.
Homeschool Australia High School Mums & Dads
This group is for home school parents that want to share how they home school their high schoolers and make some wonderful friends.
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Jewish Australian Homeschoolers
Parents and kids and anyone else or supporting them – a forum to have dialogue, share ideas, support each, ask questions and organise activities.
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).
Australian Homeschool House Swap
This group is for homeschoolers interested in setting up a group for house swapping holidays or home hosting (where you have a spare room etc). It is a work in progress and currently is the phase of getting ideas on how it will operate in practicality and generating interest.
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.
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.
Home Education SA
Support group for homeschoolers in SA, keep in touch with events and activities organised for homeschoolers.
Support Group Lists
Support Group Contacts
If you’re seeking contact with other home educators in your area, this is the place to do it. From HEA.