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Am I eligible for financial assistance from DET because I am home schooling my child?

No. However, you may like to contact Department of Human Services (previously Centrelink), the Australian Taxation Office (ATO) and/or Disability Services Queensland (DSQ) to check if there are any benefits that your family may be eligible for - such as the Education Tax Refund or various family payments.

Is it possible for my child to sit for the Year 3, 5, 7 or 9 National Assessment Program: Literacy and Numeracy tests (NAPLAN)?

Yes. Participation in the NAPLAN tests is generally available through your local school.

NAPLAN testing is only done at a school and within the school's testing timetable. Schools do try to accommodate the home educated child; however, a school may have a particular difficulty that prevents supervision. If a school cannot provide supervision, then your child is not able to sit the tests.

Prior to the tests in May each year, all parents with eligible children are contacted by the HEU with written information about the tests. A letter of introduction is supplied (by request) to assist you in your discussions with a school near you.

Can my child access dental services if they are registered for home education?

Yes. If requested, the HEU will make arrangements through School Dental Services and provide you with a phone contact so that you can make an appointment directly with the Oral Health Unit nearest your home.

Can my child participate in district and regional sports?

Yes. The HEU holds an affiliation with the Queensland School Sports Association. A parent of a child who wishes to participate in the various sports available at this elite level should contact the HEU for specific details.

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