Home Education in Queensland

Version Number

3.3

Implementation Date

10/11/2015

Scope

Department-wide

Purpose

​Home Education is a lawful alternative when considering the education of children of compulsory school age, or in the compulsory participation phase, in Queensland.​​​

Overview

​The Queensland Government supports a parent’s right to choose an educational environment that suits their child. Some parents choose to educate their children at home for a variety of reasons. To balance a parent’s right to educate their child and the State’s obligation to ensure that all children are appropriately educated, a parent, as part of their responsibility, needs to apply for and be granted registration for their child to be home educated.

In submitting an application for a child to be registered for home education the parent indicates that they intend to comply with the standard conditions of registration as described under section 217 of the Act.

The three main standard conditions parents undertake to meet include:

  • provision of a high-quality education for their child 
  • provision of annual written report on the child’s educational progress
  • notification (through the Home Education Unit) of any change of address of the child’s usual place of residence.

When choosing this form of education, the parent accepts the responsibility of educating their child at home using an educational program or learning philosophy developed or adapted by them or by a registered teacher, primarily at the child’s usual place of residence. 

A child is granted registration once:

  • the parent has satisfactorily provided all required information as stated on the application form
  • the Director-General, Education and Training (or delegate) is satisfied the conditions of registration will be met.

To be eligible for registration a child is: 

  • of compulsory school age or in the compulsory participation phase
  • not enrolled in a State school or non-State school
  • usually resident in Queensland.

Responsibilities

Home Education Unit: 

  • assists parents to comply with legislative procedures when they register their child for home education.

Manager, Home Education Unit:

  • oversees the home education registration process
  • provides necessary documentation, forms and website to support the home education registration system
  • facilitates the creation of learning accounts with the Queensland Curriculum and Assessment Authority for registered students entering the compulsory participation phase
  • facilitates payment of Textbook and Resource Allowance to parents of eligible, registered students in Years 8 to 12 by providing details (if supplied by parent) to School Financial Services 
  • facilitates access to WorkCover for registered home educated students whose parents have arranged work experience
  • maintains a database of registered children and home educators.

Parents:

  • meet their compulsory schooling obligation by registering their child for home education 
  • meet their compulsory participation obligation by ensuring their young person in the compulsory participation phase, is registered for home education if they are not otherwise participating full-time in an eligible option or exempted from their obligation
  • apply for registration, for their child, using the Application for Registration for Home Education form and supply details of the educational program or learning philosophy to be used and other required documentation to support application
  • comply with the standard conditions of registration by providing their child with a high-quality education, which is detailed in the child’s educational program and demonstrated in the annual report
  • comply with the standard conditions of registration by providing an annual report in the tenth month of each registration year, as outlined in the Reporting for Continuing Registration for Home Education form  
  • comply with the standard conditions of registration and notify the Home Education Unit of changes in the child’s usual place of residence.

The chief executive or their delegate:

  • determines issues in relation to the granting of registration, provisional registration or continuing registration 
  • may impose conditions on the registration.

Process

Application Process
When an application to register a child for home education is received, under section 208 of the Act, the manager of the Home Education Unit:

  • notifies the applicant, in writing, that provisional registration has been issued
  • oversees the processing of the application 
  • determines the issuing of registration
  • notifies parent, in writing, of the determination.

Note: A registration certificate is issued upon the granting of registration.

When an application to provisionally register a child for home education is received, under section 207 of the Act, the manager of the Home Education Unit:

  • issues provisional registration 
  • notifies the applicant that provisional registration has been issued
  • notifies the applicant that provisional registration ends after 60 days.

Note: An application lodged under section 207 does not result in the issuing of registration for home education.

Compliance with standard conditions of registration
The manager of the Home Education Unit monitors parent compliance with the standard conditions of registration under section 217 of the Act.

To comply with the standard conditions of registration a parent must provide the child with a high-quality education and demonstrate this through an annual report on the child’s educational progress.

Reporting Process
The following procedures are followed by the manager of the Home Education Unit:

  • issues report preparation information to the parent approximately six months before the report is due
  • receives the report by the due date
  • oversees the processing of the report and its associated proposed program
  • determines that a high-quality education and educational progress have been demonstrated in the report
  • notifies the parent, if they have met the standard conditions, that the registration remains current.

Notices and Communications
All decisions related to the registration process are made in writing to the applicant.

Notice types
From the manager of the Home Education Unit:

  • Notice that provisional registration has been issued under section 212 or section 207 of the Act.
  • Notice that registration has been issued under section 214 of the Act (this includes a Certificate of Registration).
  • General letter that report has met the standard conditions of registration.

From the chief executive or their delegate:

  • Information notice that registration is refused because procedural requirements under section 210 and or 211 have not been met (i.e. insufficient application information).
  • Information notice that conditions are to be imposed on the registration under section 218 or conditions are to be changed under section 219.
  • Show cause notice that registration is to be cancelled under section 222 of the Act; (i.e. no report received).
  • Ending show cause notice - issued after a parent has addressed a problem and no further action is to be taken (i.e. the registration can remain in place).
  • Information notice that registration is cancelled (i.e. not complying with standard conditions).
  • Notice of Review decision – if a review of a decision is requested by the parent.

Each of these notices has an associated timeline so as to allow the recipient time to respond or act on the notice.

In the event that decisions are made that may result in the refusal of a registration or the cancellation of a registration, written notices are sent via registered mail to the parent.

Complaints
In the first instance complaints about the functioning of the Home Education Unit should be directed to the manager of the Unit. Other complaints, concerns or correspondence should be directed to the Director, Registration Services (International, Non-State and Home Education).

Online Resources

Review Date

10/11/2016
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​Home education
for a child, means the education of a child provided by one or both of the child’s parents, or a registered teacher, primarily at the child’s usual place of residence.

Provisional registration
of a child for home education, means the provisional registration for the child for home education under sections 207 or 212 of the Act.

Registration
of a child for home education, means the registration of the child for home education under section 213 of the Act.

Standard conditions of registration
mean the conditions under section 217 of the Act which a parent must meet to maintain the registration of a child for home education.