Home Education Association (HEA)
Welcome to the website of the Home Education Association Inc Australia.
Our Annual General Meeting (AGM) was held on 30 March, 2015.
Thank you for the exceptional contribution from each of our 2014 Committee Members - your volunteer service is what makes the HEA possible - thank you!
Our new 2015 HEA Committee is:
Tamara Kelly - President
Vivienne Fox - Vice President
Secretary - Susan de Wall
Treasurer - Tamar Devine
Additional Committee: Vicki Sturgess; Sharyn Grebert; Rose Shaw; Rebecca Dobbie; Sharrda Shah
Home education is an option for the education of children and is legally endorsed by the governments in all states of Australia. It involves the parents taking responsibility to guide their children through a course of study at home. This is being achieved with great success by parents from a variety of backgrounds and educational levels, and without special training.
The HEA is non-profit volunteer association that was formed in April 2001 by Colleen and Philip Strange. HEA aims to encourage and promote the practice of home educating in Australia and to provide members with benefits which would be difficult to obtain by individuals or smaller groups.
Becoming a member of the association is one way in which you can support this Australia-wide initiative to promote the practice of home education and gain access to many benefits that might otherwise be unobtainable.
In our site you’ll find an array of articles and information to help you with your home education journey. You'll find items that can be downloaded, things you can purchase, news about events in the home education arena and many other things to support you on your home education journey.
If you are interested in finding out more about HEA or home educating your child then you may like to browse our site for more information or contact us by email or phone.
Please note, some pages on this website are only accessible to HEA members.
Home educated students in NSW excluded from TAFE- Urgent help needed from all home educators (22 March 2015)
Many of you may have heard about problems with the new TAFE funding system called Smart and Skilled. What you may not have heard is that home educated students have had extra difficulties.
When home educated students sought to enrol in TAFE this year many were told that they did not qualify for a funded place at TAFE because they were “still at school” and funding is only available to individuals who are no longer in school. Many home educating families argued that their students were not at school and they were provisionally enrolled. The HEA sought clarification from Smart and Skilled, provided them with detailed information on how excluding home educated students from funding would affect them. The HEA argued that our students should not be considered to be school students or they should be routinely exempted from the requirement to no longer be at school under an existing exceptional circumstances clause.
Yesterday, after six weeks of deliberations, the HEA was informed that home educated students are considered to be school students and so cannot access Smart and Skilled funded places at TAFE. This affects 15 and 16 year old home educated students undertaking Certificate II, III and IV courses. It means that TAFE courses are going to cost home educating families up to $10 000 or more for a 6 month course (versus free for students with a disability, or a few hundred dollars for those eligible for a concession or a few thousand for those without a disability or concession). (CLICK HERE FOR CONTINUATION OF INFORMATION ON THIS IMPORTANT ISSUE)