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Home education

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In Queensland, registration for home education is a legal option for the provision of your child's education. Home education means the education of the child provided by one or both of the child’s parents, or a registered teacher, primarily at the child’s usual place of residence.

Information about enrolment at a school of distance education, where children do their school work at home using a school provided curriculum, should be sought directly from the school.

To be eligible for home education, your child must be at least 5 years and 6 months and less than 18 years on 31 December in the year registration takes effect. A child cannot be simultaneously registered for home education and enrolled in a school.

Therefore, if your child is enrolled at a school please do not submit an application for registration for home education until your child’s enrolment has ceased and your child is no longer attending school. For example, if your child is completing the 2018 year at a school, please submit the application in January 2019.

Your responsibilities

As your child's educator, you will be required to:

  • plan and implement your child's educational program
  • provide a suitable learning environment
  • provide the necessary resources to support their learning
  • monitor and assess your child's educational progress
  • continue to meet the standard conditions of registration, which includes the submission of an annual report demonstrating the educational progress of your child.

Home Education Unit

The Home Education Unit (HEU) can assist you to understand your obligations in meeting the standard conditions of home education registration.

Preparing an application

If you wish to register your child for home education in Queensland, you must submit an Application for registration for home education (DOC, 216KB) form and a proposed educational program and be granted registration. There are no fees associated with the registration of a child for home education.

Registration

If all procedural requirements are met and the chief executive is satisfied the standard conditions of registration will be complied with, registration is granted and a certificate of registration is issued.

Reporting

For registration to remain current, you must continue to comply with the standard conditions of registration which include the submission of an annual report on your child's educational progress.

Senior Secondary

Your child may be registered for home education, and remain registered, until 31 December of the year they turn 17. The HEU provides additional information about home education during the Senior Phase of Learning.

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 Frequently asked questions

Last updated 14 November 2018