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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.
You can choose to teach your child yourself or engage a Queensland registered teacher to implement your program. You need to apply for and be granted registration to home educate your child. Once registered, you become legally responsible for providing your child with a high-quality education.
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.
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:
plan and implement your child's educational program
provide a suitable learning environment
provide the necessary resources to support their learning
monitor and assess your child’s educational progress
continue to meet the standard conditions of registration which include the submission of an annual report demonstrating the educational progress of your child
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for certification and witnessing of documents and is for use during the declared pandemic until such time as it is withdrawn from the Department of Education website.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 10th month of the registration and should include:
details of learning experiences
the progress towards the achievement of learning goals
comparative samples over time to assess your child's educational progress
Read more about meeting your reporting requirements.
Your application for home education registration must include the proposed educational program you will use to educate your child at home.
The program should:
be responsive to the changing needs of the child as indicated by the short and long term educational and personal goals
have regard to the age, ability, aptitude and development of the child concerned
be conducted in an environment conducive to learning
be responsive to the child’s need for social development
utilise suitable and relevant teaching strategies to deliver the educational program to the child
engage the child in a range of rich and varied learning experiences
be supported by sufficient and appropriate resources
use strategies for monitoring educational progress.
Read more about preparing an educational program