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Preparing an application

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Important message regarding COVID-19

In order to respond to the current situation regarding COVID-19, the Home Education Unit (HEU) has made some adjustments to its usual business arrangements.

If you wish to submit an application to register your child for home education, please email rather than post the completed application form and associated attachments to the Home Education Unit.

If you are unable to submit the application via email and you do post it, please note that for various reasons it may not be received for some time.

When emailing the application, please ensure the following:

  • The application and required documents are submitted in 1 email. Please do not send multiple emails for a single application. Submitting 1 email in this way will ensure that your application is correctly receipted and reduces the risk of administrative error due to the high volume of material received via email. Note: If you do not have all the requisite documents, a further information notice will be sent.
  • Ensure all attachments are legible and clearly named e.g. John Andrews Birth certificate
  • Do not send material in a cloud-based format. The HEU is prohibited for security reasons from accessing these documents.

You will be advised of provisional registration by email—this may take a number of days.

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). The form provides details of the supporting documentation required to satisfy procedural requirements under section 208 of the Education (General Provisions) Act 2006 (the 'Act'). The required documentation includes (but may not be limited to):

  • Evidence your child is eligible for registration for home education and you, as the applicant, are a parent of the child. This is usually satisfied with a certified copy of your child’s birth certificate.
  • A summary of the educational program to be used
  • A certified copy of the Statutory Declaration included in the application form.

Planning an educational program

If you choose to home educate, you will need to develop an educational program for your child. The initial ideas for planning your child's home education program will come from your own observations of your child and the goals you have for them. If available, past report cards and feedback from class teachers may also be helpful to you.

When documenting a learning program, you are encouraged to choose your own approach or style and to tailor your teaching style to the individual needs of your child. Time invested by you in the early stages of developing a detailed and meaningful plan, will help you to address the registration requirements and importantly, provide you with direction for the learning year ahead.

The Home Education Unit (HEU) offers general information about planning a program and provides templates and completed examples for reference.

The resourcing ideas and planning formats provided by the HEU may assist you in developing your program.

No one way is preferable and you may choose to develop your own format. The templates have a similar beginning around the setting of goals and then move into a different style of presentation.

None of the presented material is intended to form a recommended program and should not be copied as your child's program. They contain ideas only and reference to a wide variety of information is recommended.

Frequently asked questions

What factors should be considered before applying for home education registration?

Deciding to educate your child at home is a major decision. There are a number of areas you should consider, investigate and research prior to this choice. Questions you might ask yourself include:

  • Am I aware of the legislative requirements related to home education registration?

  • What are the reasons for considering home education?

  • What will be the impact of moving from a parent/child relationship to a more complex parent/teacher/child relationship?

  • Am I able to provide a high-quality education suited to my child's individual learning needs, abilities, special interests and long term goals?

  • Do I have the required time and resources to teach my child and provide personalised support for their learning?

  • Am I able to access the variety of resources needed to support my child's education and promote enthusiasm for learning?

  • What opportunities will I plan to monitor my child’s educational progress?

  • Will there be regular opportunities for my child to develop meaningful relationships with a variety of people and their peers?

  • Will our home environment be conducive to learning and largely free of disruptions and distractions?
What education options are available for my child?

Registration for home education is a full-time legal learning option available for parents to education their child. Other education options for a child of compulsory school age include enrolment in either:

For a child in the compulsory participation phase, it may be possible for them to pursue participation in another eligible learning option.

Parents with school-based concerns are advised to contact the school’s principal initially to discuss the many specialists who can provide educational support and guidance. A solution may be found without withdrawing your child from school. If serious and ongoing circumstances exist, you should contact your Regional Education Office.

For more personal concerns that may be affecting your child or your family, help may be obtained by visiting your GP, other specialists, government agencies or counselling services.

Are there fees I need to pay when I register to home educate my child?

No. There is no fee to register your child for home education. However, applicants should consider the hidden costs associated with this form of education, including:

  • the impact on employment when becoming a home educator
  • your ability to fund access to a variety of educational resources
  • the cost of accessing specialist services or funding which may have been available within mainstream schooling systems, but are no longer available to you as a home educator.
Do I apply for provisional registration or registration for my child?

There are two types of application methods possible. The first is applying for registration under section 208 of the Education (General Provisions) Act 2006 (the Act) using the Application for registration for home education (DOC, 216KB)  form. Provisional registration under section 212 of the Act is usually issued upon receipt of the application by the Home Education Unit (HEU). The application is then processed and if all procedural requirements are met and the chief executive is satisfied the standard conditions of registration will be complied with, registration is issued. The provisional registration expires if the registration is granted.

The second method involves an application for provisional registration only. This application is made under section 207 of the Act. The provisional registration issued with this application automatically ends after 60 days. The child is not issued with a registration for home education. The first method generally streamlines the registration process and means that the parent does not have to make two applications. Please contact the HEU if you require further information.

Does my child stay at school until provisional registration is issued?

It is recommended that a child remain enrolled at school until the day you can provide the Home Education Unit (HEU) with all necessary documents described in the application form. Please ensure that you have obtained the required signatures and certifications. When you are satisfied that your documentation is in order, post the application to the HEU. Only at this time should you end your child's school enrolment. A child cannot be simultaneously enrolled at a school and provisionally registered or registered for home education.

Where do I send my application and how long does it take to process?

Having completed the application form and attached all required documentation, you should post the application to the Home Education Unit. Provisional registration is usually issued within a week or so of receipt. A notice of the provisional registration is posted to the applicant.

Once you have submitted the application you should commence teaching your child at home in accordance with the program you have prepared. The Chief Executive has 90 days to make a decision on the application, and the decision time frame may be influenced by the material provided with the application in regards to procedural and other requirements.

You will be contacted and given written advice if further information is necessary.

Applicants are urged to check postal mail regularly throughout the application process. So that you receive relevant communications from the HEU, it is essential that you inform the HEU if your contact details change.

If I am asked why my child is not at school, what documentation can I provide as proof that they are registered or that I have applied to register them for home education?

A notice granting provisional registration is issued indicating you have applied to register your child for home education. A certificate of registration for home education is issued for your child, and posted to you if the registration is granted.

If official documentation has not been received from the HEU at a time that it is required by an authority, please contact the HEU so confirmation of your application can be arranged.

Will I be notified if registration is not granted?

Yes. Should registration be refused, an information notice is posted to you by registered mail and you will have a right to request a review of the decision.

Can I purchase privately produced or commercial curriculum materials?

Before deciding to purchase privately produced or commercial curriculum materials for your child, it is recommended that you carefully consider your child's specific learning goals and their preferred learning style.

To avoid unnecessary expense and disappointment, it is recommended that you invest considerable time evaluating the worth of any resource that you are considering purchasing. Given the wide range of low cost or free educational materials, you may find the purchase of a 'ready-made' curriculum an unnecessary or limiting approach to home education. If you base your child's home education around a 'ready-made' curriculum, you will need to advise the HEU of the strengths that this will bring to your child's education and explain how you will adapt the program to cater for your child's individual needs.

Can I use textbooks in my child's home education program?

Textbooks may be a resource that can be utilised in your child's home education program. However, in order to provide a variety of well-chosen learning opportunities, it is recommended that home education programs are not entirely based around textbooks. Instead, these programs should reflect the use of a variety of resources which together satisfy your child's learning needs. The regular inclusion of practical, hands-on tasks is essential to enhance learning and maintain your child's interest in their education.

Where can I get assistance about my child's program?

If you need more information about planning your child's program, please contact an education officer at the Home Education Unit who will be able to offer suggestions, directions and information as you prepare the application. The HEU will not provide a program or provide school work for your child.

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Last updated 31 March 2020