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We acknowledge the First Australian peoples as the Traditional Custodians of this country and their continued connection to land, sea, and culture. We pay our respects to the resilience and strength of Ancestors and Elders past, present, and emerging and extends that respect to all First Australian peoples.

Northern Territory

The NT Education Department supports a parent’s right to choose an educational environment that meets the needs of their child. To balance a parent’s right to educate, and the department’s responsibility under the Education Act 2015 (NT) to ensure that students receive an education of a quality that is capable of enabling them to reach their potential, a parent must apply for, and be granted approval to, home educate their child.

The NT Department of Education states that home education requires parents to accept responsibility for planning, teaching, assessing, recording and evaluating a teaching and learning plan for each child who is of compulsory school age, or in the compulsory participation phase. Parents are to submit applications annually for each child outlining the proposed home education that they seek to deliver.

The department may approve or decline the application. Approval of an application is subject to the following conditions:

• the usual place of residence of the child is in the Northern Territory (NT)

• the curriculum to be used must be one that is approved by the Australian Curriculum Assessment and Reporting Authority (ACARA), or an alternative curriculum as approved by the department

• the approval is for a maximum of one school year only

• any teacher (other than the parent) conducting the home education must be registered with the NT Teacher Registration Board

• the parent must allow a home visit to be carried out by the department

• any other conditions that are considered appropriate

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 . 


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

Registration Overview

To apply for home education, follow these steps:

Step 1: Fill in the registration for home education form for each child.

Step 2: Fill in the Home education learning plan DOCX (65.6 KB) and send to the Home education project officer.

The learning plan should take into account the age, capability, needs and interests of the student and must outline:

  • how you will substantially address the eight learning areas for the year

  • how educational progress and achievement will be measured

  • how student learning activities will be recorded

  • the area in your home suitable for educational purposes

  • access to resources and facilities to support student learning.

  • NT home educators are to use the Australian Curriculum or an alternative curriculum approved by the Australian Curriculum Assessment and Reporting Authority (ACARA), unless you have been granted an exemption by the Department of Education.

  • Registrations apply for one calendar year and you must reapply each year.

  • For new families, registrations are open all year long. For continuing families, registrations should be submitted by the end of December each year.

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