What is the HEA?

The HEA is non-profit, incorporated volunteer association which was formed in April 2001 by Colleen and Philip Strange. The HEA aims to encourage and promote the practice of home educating in Australia and to provide members with benefits that are often difficult to obtain by individuals or smaller groups, such as work experience insurance, online education discounts, and government lobbying.

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 broad objectives of the HEA are:

  • To uphold the principle that parents are primarily responsible for the education of their children.
  • To promote a broader awareness of home education and its benefits throughout Australia.
  • To promote and encourage the development of home education networks.
  • To provide services and resources to home education networks and individual home educators.
  • To endeavour to procure any rights, privileges, concessions or benefits relating to home education for home educators and their families.
  • To maintain a respect for the diversity of philosophies and methods used by home educators.
  • To use our membership size to obtain discounts and benefits for our members.
  • To fund insurance cover for event organisers and work experience students.
  • To support home education events and activities

 HEA membership fees go towards:

  • Event Organiser Insurance with Public Liability
  • Student Work Experience Insurance
  • Help with government registration processes
  • A website
  • Phone and email answering service.
  • Student I.D. cards
  • Lifting the profile of home education.
  • Resource Discounts
  • Aides for support groups to run introductory evenings in local areas.
  • Newsletters for HEA members
  • Communication across state borders on issues relevant to all home schoolers. The HEA website lists support groups and contacts by state, and hosts discussion forums.
  • News items and articles relevant to home schoolers.
  • Production of various products and resources.
  • Financial sponsoring of home education events and activities.

The HEA has had thousands of Australian home educators form its membership base over the past 18 years. We invite all Australian home educators to join with us. We encourage and support all forms of home education. Amongst our membership we have families who use all different types of learning. We encourage and promote the freedom of choice for our members to choose their individual style of home education.

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.

The HEA wants to support you in your home educating 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.