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Home education legislation

The Education (General Provisions) Act 2006 regulates the education of children living in Queensland. The Act requires that a parent must ensure that any child of compulsory school age is enrolled at and attends a state school or non-state school, or if in the compulsory participation phase is participating in an eligible option. The Act recognises that registration for home education is an alternate way in which a parent may meet their obligation. The registration for home education is only valid if made through the Home Education Unit, Registration Services Branch, Department of Education and Training.


Compulsory school age means a child is at least 6.5 years of age and less than 16 years of age or has completed Year 10, whichever happens first.

Compulsory participation phase starts when the young person stops being of compulsory school age and ends when the young person gains a senior certificate, certificate III or certificate IV; or has participated in eligible options for 2 years after they have stopped being of compulsory age; or turns 17 years.

References to these conditions can be found in sections 176 and 239 of the Education (General Provisions) Act 2006 Adobe PDF document External Link. References to the registration for home education legislation can be found in section 199 and sections 205 to 229 of the Act. The Home Education policy statement External Link is also available for viewing.

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