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In Queensland, registration for home education is a legal option for the provision of your child's education. Home education in Queensland is regulated by the Education (General Provisions) Act 2006.
Home education means the education of the child provided by one or both of the child’s parents, or a registered teacher, primarily at the child’s usual place of residence.
In Queensland, registration for home education is a legally recognised alternative to enrolling your child in school.
Registration is a legal requirement for home educated children over the age of 6.5, but optional registration is available in line with eligibility to attend mainstream school, from the beginning of the year in which the child turns 5.5 by 31 December that year.
Once registered, you become legally responsible for providing your child with a high-quality education. In Queensland, parents have the choice to delegate this responsibility to a registered QLD teacher, or to provide the education themselves.
“Provide” does not mean “teach”
The Queenland Home Education Unit assists parents to understand their obligations in meeting the standard conditions of registration and oversees the home education registration and reporting process.
As your child's educator, you will be required to:
Ensure your child's educational program is developed and delivered
Provide a suitable learning environment
Provide the necessary resources to support their learning
Continue to meet the standard conditions of registration which include the submission of an annual report demonstrating the educational progress of your child
For registration to remain current, you must continue to comply with the standard conditions under section 217 of the Act.
These are the standard conditions:
Provision of high quality education for your child.
Provision of an annual written report on your child's educational progress at least 2 months but not more than 3 months before each anniversary of the registration.
Notification of any change of address of your child's usual place of residence within 28 days of the change.
Read more about your rights and responsibilities as a home educator.
Home education students can:
Applying for Registration
Applications for home education registration can be made at any time during the year.
To apply for registration:
complete the online Application for registration for home education form
complete the print version Application for registration.
Please note the online link and a 2nd print version of the application form (here)—are temporary and for use during the COVID-19 pandemic. The form removes the requirement for certification and witnessing of documents and is for use during the declared pandemic until such time as it is withdrawn from the Department of Education website.
include all documents and information outlined in the application form (e.g. a copy of the child's proposed educational program, a certified copy of the child's full birth certificate).
These four steps show the registration process in a nutshell.
Once your application is received, provisional registration will be issued. You will receive a Certificate of Registration for Home Education if registration is granted.
Your child should remain enrolled at school until your application for registration has been submitted to the Home Education Unit. A child cannot be simultaneously registered for home education and enrolled in a school.
Reporting your child's progress
Reporting the educational progress of your child is a condition of registration.
The written report is due each year, in the 9th or 10th month of the registration.
The Education Act and associated documents require a home educating parent show the following for reporting to the QLD HEU annually:
The child is receiving a High Quality Education
A significant* portion of the child's educational progress is noted.
Annotated examples support this progress.
An overview of the learning in relation to the educational goals is reported.
A summary of the next year's educational program is included.
*significant = important or noticeable (Cambridge English
The Queensland Education Act states that for a child a high quality education will:
(i) Help maximise his or her educational potential; and
(ii) Enable him or her to become an effective and informed
member of the community.
Further details can be found by reading section 5 (2) (a); section 7 (a) (b) (c)
Your application for home education registration must include the summary of the proposed educational program you will use to educate your child at home.
The aim of the Act is to make available to each QLD child or young person a high quality education that will:
Help maximise his/her educational potential and
Enable him/her to become an effective and informed member of the community
The guiding principles for achieving a high quality education:
Parents have the responsibility of choosing a suitable education environment for their children
Education should be provided to a child in a way that:
Provides positive learning experiences
Promotes a safe and supportive learning environment
Recognises his/her educational needs
Allows children and young people to be actively involved in decisions affecting them.
Read more about preparing an educational program.