Australian Capital Territory
In the Australian Capital Territory all home educated children must be registered with the ACT Education Directorate (the Directorate) in accordance with the Education Act 2004
We acknowledge the Traditional Custodians of the ACT, the Ngunnawal people. We acknowledge and respect their continuing culture and the contribution they make to the life of this city and this region.
The HEA is pleased to announce that home educators' voices have been heard and the new amendments that passed in late November 2019 means that the ACT is now leading the way with one of the more enlightened and sensible registration systems, balancing the safety of children and the right to an individual education.
The ACT HEA members would particularly like to thank former HEA President Vivienne Fox and former Advocacy Subcommittee members Karleen Gribble and Lynda Carlos for generously sharing their experience and expertise over two years of tireless work and support in our efforts to protect home educators’ rights in ACT. This process has demonstrated the importance of having an experienced national body such as the HEA which advocates to protect the rights of all home educators.
You can read more about the Legislative Amendments HERE
Removal of provisional registration
Creating a three month grace period for an education plan to be produced by new home educators
Adding a condition that the child live, or usually live, in the ACT
Adding a condition that the home base is suitable for education
Adding a condition that the education progress report is provided once every year and as part of a renewal application
The Director-General has 28 days to notify parents of the decision to register
The Director-General must, rather than may, register if the conditions are met
An explicit statement that applying for home education is a reasonable excuse from compulsory school attendance
Parents to notify of changes to register information within 28 days
Insert specific guideline and regulation making powers
Consequential amendments to regulation
Home Education Amendments November 2019
The government debated and passed amendments to home education in the November 2019 sittings.
The changes passed in the Legislative Assembly to home education are:
Home education in the ACT is supported by the ACT Education Directorate and through a number of community groups, including the HEA as listed on the Department's website.
The HEA Registration Support Team is available to help answer questions you may have in regards to state registration, or offer support if you need. Email firstname.lastname@example.org .
While we hope you will consider membership with us, the HEA supports Australian home educators regardless of membership.
The HEA also has a phone Helpline with experienced home educators who can assist you with any general home education questions you may have, particularly 'how to get started'. 1300 72 99 91
ACT Home Education Requirements
In the Australian Capital Territory all home educated children must be registered with the ACT Education Directorate (the Directorate) in accordance with the Education Act 2004 (the Act).
Under the Education Act 2004 the parent(s) of a child registered for home education must:
provide a high-quality education for the child;
document the educational opportunities offered to the child;
document the strategies used to help the child to learn;
make available for inspection home education programs, materials or other records;
conduct the home education from the home base listed on the registration certificate;
apply in writing for registration before provisional registration ends;
apply in writing for registration renewal at least the prescribed period (3 months) before registration ends; and
give a report about the educational progress of the child once every year (Progress Report).
Notify the ACT Education Directorate within 14 days of un-enrolling the child from a school.
Registration must be granted within 28 days of receipt of an application meeting basic criteria.
A plan must be developed and provided within 3 months of registration.
You can combine part-time home education and school.
There is an interview at the Directorate office and annual progress reporting. HEA can connect you with a volunteer to help you with the process.
ACT Education Directorate
Assistant Manager Home Education
Ph: (02) 6205 9299
To speak with a Home Education Liaison Officer Phone: +61 2 6205 5429
To request a home education registration application form: Education Directorate Contact Form