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We acknowledge the Aboriginal people of the many traditional lands and language groups of Western Australia. We acknowledge the wisdom of Aboriginal Elders both past and present and pays respect to Aboriginal communities of today.

Western Australia

Under the WA School Education Act, parents may exercise the educational choice to register as home educators, thereby assuming responsibility for delivering education during their children's compulsory years of schooling.

In Western Australia, registration for home education is a legally recognised alternative to enrolling your child in school.

The WA Department of Education states that you must register as a home educator if you wish to teach your child at home and your child is in the compulsory education period.


The compulsory education period in WA is from the beginning of the year in which the child reaches the age of 5 and 6 months until the end of the year in which the child reaches the age of 17 and 6 months, or the child reaches the age of 18, whichever happens first.

Parents are to inform the Department of Education within 14 days of removing their children from school (or 14 days after the child would have commenced school in this WA). The parents are then issued with a certificate of registration as the child's home educators. The School Education Act 1999, provides further detail of the legal provisions.

As of January 2021, the number of registered home educated students in Western Australia was 4553. That represents an increase of since 10.6% 2020, and  31.4% over the 5 years 2017-2021. We note that student numbers are as of March 31 for all the years except 2021. The population growth in WA has been less than 1.9% annually over the same time period. 

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Data Source: Department of Education WA