An eligible option is provided by learning institutions such as state schools and non-state schools, universities, TAFE institutes or registered training organisations.
Yes. In these circumstances your child should be registered for home education until they turn 17. A young person who is registered for home education and turns 17 during the year will be able to remain registered until the December of that year providing the conditions of registration, such as reporting, are met.
No. An application for registration for a 17-year-old would not be processed because the child is no longer in the compulsory participation phase. They should seek further education in another option.
Youth Allowance for children living at home has changed from 1 July 2012. You should contact the Department of Human Services (previously called Centrelink) directly to discuss any questions you have with them.
There may be. You should contact the Department of Human Services with specific questions about your situation.
Yes. A Textbook and Resources Allowance (TRA) is payable to a parent with a registered child recorded as working at Years 8 to 12. Each year, a parent is notified by the HEU of the potential payment and the HEU makes arrangements for the payment. If a child is registered part way through a year having previously been enrolled at a school, a parent would not be eligible for a TRA payment for that year as the payment would have already been paid to the school.
Yes. As the educator of your child, it will be your responsibility to make all the contacts and arrangements for this work experience. DETE will provide WorkCover for your child. A form and information about this cover is available by request from the HEU. Students who are at least 14 years of age can participate in a maximum of 30 days work experience per year.
No. If you want your child to receive an OP, you should contact a school of distance education, state school or non-state school and enrol the young person for Years 11 and 12.
Yes. All arrangements are made directly by the parent with a registered training organisation. The manager of the HEU signs the Education Training and Employment Schedule form in relation to the arrangement. Components of a school-based apprenticeship or traineeship can contribute towards a student's learning account.
It is a requirement that all Queensland children in this age group have a learning account opened for them with Queensland Studies Authority (QSA). Banking credits in this account allows the young person to be eligible for a Queensland Certificate of Education (QCE).
Yes. However, when and how long they can work is governed by the Child Employment Act 2006.
The QCE is a qualification awarded to young people at the completion of the compulsory participation phase, usually at the end of Year 12 (or later if not complete by then). It confirms a student has:
Please note: the home education program which has been formed by the parent does not attract any points towards the QCE. Points for the QCE can only be earned if the study has been through an accredited learning institution such as a school or TAFE, or is part of an accredited course.
All learning, undertaken within the guidelines that surround the allocation of a QCE, is recorded in a learning account opened with the QSA. These achievements then convert into credits. As activities and studies are completed, the credits are banked and the learning account grows. When it reaches a total of 20 (with 12 of these coming from 'core studies') a student is eligible for the QCE. A learning account remains open until the learning requirements are met and it closes as soon as a QCE is awarded. An account can remain open for a period of nine years and points can be banked even after the young person has left the school or home education environment.
The individual work undertaken by a student in their own home under the guidance of their parents is not transferable to bankable credit points. However, there are other ways to attain the 20 credit points and the Literacy and Numeracy requirements for the QCE. These can include: TAFE subjects, music board exams, vocational education, QSA Senior External Examinations, negotiated projects, participation in the Core Skills tests and preparatory courses. Certificates and awards in areas such as music, dance, drama, sport, and community development can count towards the QCE if they meet the Quality Criteria. These courses of study are usually offered by an organisation other than a school and results are quality assured by an organisation other than the QSA, for example Australian Music Examinations Board (AMEB).
HEU can provide some information about studies which meet QCE requirements. Additionally, parents can consult the QSA website to identify aspects of their child's home education that might contribute towards the banking of credits and the achievement of a QCE.
Yes. An application to sit the tests must be submitted through the QSA. The QSA nominates the school at which the child must sit the tests.
This is a specific area of learning that can count towards the QCE. A young person can work with a QSA delegate to develop a learning project. This will count as a single credit when the negotiated learning has taken place and evidence of learning has been validated by the QSA delegate. A home educated child can develop more than one self-directed project. Information about setting up projects of this nature can be located on the QSA website under QCE Learning Projects.
This page was last reviewed on 19 Feb 2013