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Preparing an application

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Important message regarding applications to home educate for 2021

If you intend to home educate your child from 2021 and your child will be enrolled in a school until the end of the 2020 school year, do not submit an application for registration until the enrolment at the school has ceased. A child cannot be simultaneously registered, or provisionally registered, for home education and enrolled in a school.

Preparing an application

If you wish to register your child for home education in Queensland, you must submit an application. This can be done by:

The application form for registration for home education 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. Note: the requirement for certification of your child’s birth certificate has been temporarily removed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • A summary of the educational program to be used.

Planning an educational program

If you choose to home educate, you will need to develop and provide a summary of the 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 the summary of the educational 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 in the early stages of developing a summary of the educational program, 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 use of these templates is not mandatory 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 educational program. They contain ideas only and reference to a wide variety of information is recommended.

Frequently asked questions

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Last updated 27 October 2020