Access keys | Skip to primary navigation | Skip to secondary navigation | Skip to content | Skip to footer |
Problems viewing this site
Link to Queensland Government (
Home | Site map | Contact us | for
Department of Education
Home education >

Preparing an application

How do I apply for home education registration?

You must complete an application for registration for home education form Microsoft® Word document External Link for each child who is to be registered. Alternatively, the required number of forms can be posted to you from the Home Education Unit (HEU). Details about documents and information which must accompany each application are outlined in the application form. You can submit an application for registration at any time throughout the year. The application must be mailed to the HEU.

As a parent with a child registered for home education, am I required to provide my child with a high-quality education and demonstrate evidence of this?


Do I have to teach all the lessons at my home?

No. Your child's home education must be primarily based at their usual place of residence but there are many learning opportunities in the wider community which you would incorporate in your child's program.

Who can teach my child?

A parent, or a registered teacher who is engaged or employed by the parent, can teach the home educated child. However, the person recognised by the HEU as the 'applicant' is legally responsible for ensuring that the child receives a high quality education, irrespective of whoever else may actually teach part of the child's program.

If I need more information as I devise a program for my child, should I contact the HEU?

Yes. An education officer at HEU will be able to offer suggestions, directions and some resource information as you prepare the application. Information may also be posted to you when you request an application form available in the planning section.

What criteria are used to determine whether a registration is granted?

Under section 208 of the Education (General Provisions) Act 2006 the parent is to provide a summary of the educational program to be used for the home education of their child.

To enable the chief executive or their delegate to be reasonably satisfied that the parent can meet this condition, documentation is required about how the proposed educational program is to be implemented to meet the child's education needs for the coming year.

1. This documentation should show evidence of a high-quality education that:

  1. is responsive to the changing needs of the child as indicated by the short and long term educational and personal goals
  2. has regard to the age, ability, aptitude and development of the child concerned
  3. is conducted in an environment conducive to learning
  4. is responsive to the child's need for social development
  5. utilises suitable and relevant teaching strategies to deliver the educational program to the child
  6. engages the child in a range of rich and varied learning experience
  7. is supported by sufficient and suitable resources
  8. uses strategies for monitoring educational progress.

2. The documentation can be supplied in any written format but should clearly address each of the above requirements and explain how the requirements will be met.

Registration is granted if the chief executive is satisfied the standard conditions of registration will be complied with.

Will the HEU provide school work for my child?

No. Home educating parents develop or adapt a program for their child. If you wish to have a curriculum provided for your child to complete at home, then you would need to explore the option of enrolling your child at a school of distance education.

Can I purchase a program from HEU?

No. We offer advice and generally refer you to materials that are available online free of charge. An education advisor may offer some support resources as they process your application.

Can I purchase privately produced or commercial curriculum materials for my child?

Yes. However, it is advised that a wide variety of resources should be used to provide for a child's educational needs and interests.

Before deciding to purchase commercial materials, it is recommended that you carefully consider your child's specific learning goals and their preferred learning style.

To avoid unnecessary expense and disappointment, it is recommended that you invest a considerable amount of time evaluating the worth of any resource that you are considering purchasing. Given the huge range of low cost or free educational materials, you may find the purchase of a 'ready-made' curriculum an unnecessary or limiting approach to home education.

If you base your child's home education around a 'ready-made' curriculum you will need to advise the HEU of the strengths that it will bring to your child's education, and explain how you will adapt the program to cater for your child's individual needs.

Can I use textbooks as a component of my child's program?

Yes. Many programs that are submitted to HEU have a textbook component as part of the whole program. Choosing how and if you will use textbooks is one of the decisions you will make as you develop a program for your child. However, as with all 'ready-made' curriculums, you should carefully consider their cost and the contribution they will potentially offer your child's education before purchasing them. To provide a variety of well-chosen learning opportunities, it is recommended that home education programs are not entirely based around textbooks, and instead, reflect the use of a variety of well chosen resources which together satisfy your child's learning needs. The regular inclusion of practical, hands-on tasks is essential to enhance learning and maintain your child's interest in their education.

What are some sample approaches to documenting learning programs?

The initial ideas for planning your child's home education program will come from your own observations of your child and the goals that you have for them. If available, past report cards and feedback from class teachers can be very helpful to you as well.

When it comes to documenting a learning program, you are encouraged to choose your own approach or style. We advise that the documents you present be especially useful to you, since it is from this plan that your year ahead will be guided. Time invested by you in the early stages of developing a detailed and meaningful plan, will not only help you to address the registration requirements, but just as importantly, provide you with direction for the learning year ahead.

Additional ideas about how you can document your child's learning program can evolve through discussions with an education advisor at the HEU and also from other families who home educate. Because all children and families have unique needs, it is more appropriate for HEU to offer only general information about planning. Some parents may feel restricted if we were to prescribe a set proforma, resulting in too much of "our voice" and insufficient freedom for you to tailor your teaching style to the individual needs of your child.

Specific guidelines using a variety of planning styles can be located in the planning section.

^ Top of page

This page was last reviewed on 06 Jun 2018 at 09:33AM

Copyright | Disclaimer | Privacy | Right to information | Access keys | Other languagesOther languages

© The State of Queensland 2018.

Queensland Government