Home education is individually tailored education provided by parents. Parents educate their children at home for many reasons. Often it is because they consider that the particular needs of their child are best catered for in the home setting.
In home education, parents are responsible for developing their own program for their child, conducting learning activities, setting assessment and monitoring the child's progress. The Home Education Unit can provide some assistance to help parents plan a home schooling program.
A parent wishing to home educate a child is required to register the child with the DET Home Education Unit. A child cannot be enrolled at a school and be registered for home education at the same time.
However, parents who educate their children at home do not have access to the specialist support services described in this guide, such as advisory visiting teachers and therapists.
Support and assistance may be available from other government agencies and non-government organisations.