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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 complete the online Application for registration for home education rather than post the completed application form.

The Home Education Unit may also communicate with you via email at this time about the application for registration. Please ensure your email address is regularly monitored.

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

The application may also be emailed to the Home Education Unit although the online application form is the preferred method of submission of an application.

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. 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 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?
What education options are available for my child?
Are there fees I need to pay when I register to home educate my child?
Do I apply for provisional registration or registration for my child?
Does my child stay at school until provisional registration is issued?
How long does it take for my application to be processed?

After submission of the application for registration, provisional registration is usually issued within a week or so of receipt. A notice of the provisional registration is emailed or 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 email and 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?
Will I be notified if registration is not granted?
Can I purchase privately produced or commercial curriculum materials?
Can I use textbooks in my child's home education program?
Where can I get assistance about my child's program?
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Last updated 17 June 2020