Homeschool Registration and Exemption

Homeschool registration is a crucial step for homeschooling families in Australia.

Why register?

Firstly, it ensures that your homeschooling program meets the legal requirements set by your state. Secondly, by registering you are demonstrating your commitment to providing a quality education for your child and complying with the regulations in place. It also helps to protect your rights as a homeschooling parent.

Homeschool Registration

Do I Need Homeschool Registration ?

Legally children in Australia between the ages of 6 and 15 need to be at school or homeschooled. From 15 to 17 children can leave school if they meet state educational or vocational requirements (this varies slightly between states).

Children who are school aged and are on temporary Australian visas are also eligible to apply to be homeschooled. The same registration conditions apply to temporary visa holders as they do to Australian citizens.

Homeschool Registration Documentation

Evidence you are legally homeschooling can be given when you provide an official homeschool registration document. Centrelink, education institutions and employers will sometimes ask for proof of registration.

Research Homeschool Registration Laws and Requirements in Your State.

To get homeschool registration you must apply to the state or territory in which you are a resident. You cannot register to homeschool in Australia if you are living overseas, or have no fixed address. The parent who will be the home educator is the person who registers each individual child.

Before you begin the homeschool registration process, it’s important to research and understand the homeschooling laws and requirements in your state. Regulations and guidelines that homeschooling families must follow vary between states. Variations include: age to register, curriculum requirements, record-keeping, testing, and reporting. By familiarising yourself with the specific laws in your state, you can ensure that you are meeting all the necessary requirements and avoid any potential legal issues.

State & Territory Registration Requirements

Taking the time to thoroughly research and understand the homeschooling laws in your state will help you navigate the registration process with confidence.

Homeschool registrations continue to rise across Australia. Find out your specific requirements here.

You’ll Need to Provide a Few Documents for Homeschool Registration

Once you have familiarised yourself with the homeschooling laws in your state, it’s time to gather the necessary documentation and information for the registration process. This may include proof of residency, as well as identification documents for both the parent/guardian and the child. You may also need to provide a birth certificate or other proof of age for your child.

Additionally, all states require you to submit a curriculum plan or outline, detailing the subjects and materials you plan to use for your child’s education. It’s important to carefully review the requirements in your state and ensure that you have all the necessary documentation and information before beginning the registration process. This will help streamline the process and ensure that you are in compliance with the law.

Choose a Homeschooling Method and Curriculum.

Before you have completed the homeschool registration process, you’ll also need to choose a homeschooling method and curriculum that aligns with your child’s learning style and educational goals. For instance, there are various homeschooling methods to choose from, such as traditional, Charlotte Mason, Montessori, unschooling, and more. Research each method and consider your child’s individual needs and preferences. Additionally, you will need to select a curriculum that covers the necessary subjects and meets your state’s requirements.

To make it easier there are many pre-packaged curricula (such as My Homeschool) available. Alternatively, you can also as well create your own curriculum. Remember, homeschooling allows for flexibility and customisation therefore you can tailor your approach to suit your child’s unique needs and interests.

Homeschool Registration and Reporting Assistance with My Homeschool

Most homeschoolers are more worried about the homeschool registration process than actually homeschooling.

So we want to ease your stress and make your homeschooling application as easy as possible for you. And with around 5000 homeschool applications for registration submitted by our families, we can boast a 100% success rate when homeschoolers follow our procedure.

There is no additional cost for our homeschool registration plans; they are included with all course purchases.

Our homeschool curriculum is written to comply with the Australian curriculum and all other state requirements. We make homeschool registration easy because we’ve already done 75% of the documentation you need for your application.

Documentation And Support Provided By My Homeschool

How Can We Help You Get Your Homeschool Registration?

At My Homeschool, we do not do your registration plans for you. Registration applications are meant to be specific for each individual child and so parents are the best person to do this.

We do provide plenty of support for this process. This includes:

  • An Education Plan offered in a format that you can individualise for your child;
  • A Scope and Sequence showing how My Homeschool reflects the Australian Curriculum and NSW Syllabus;
  • End of Term Report templates;
  • A printable week-by-week planner with plenty of space to make notes specific to your child (no need to purchase a separate planner!);
  • An online Weekly Planner, complete with links to all the online resources required; and
  • A Certificate of Completion for the end of a full primary grade or high school semester.
  • A place to ask questions on our community forum or via email.; and
  • A State Registration self- paced course with examples and tips for registration visits.

As you can see, we give you a shortcut to help you get straight into giving your child a delightful and robust education. We save you time! 

Home Education Registration Success Stories

We’ve been told by many members that their registration application passed easily. Here are a few but you can read more reviews and testimonials here.

I just wanted to say thank you for all the effort that’s been put into My Homeschool! I had my AP visit yesterday and it went great! He’s giving me 12 months registration and said if he comes next year and I’m still using the My Homeschool curriculum then he’ll give two years, even for my kindy child who’ll be a new registration. Thank you so much for helping make this transition to homeschooling so much easier and providing such detailed documents. I’m truly grateful!

Jerus from NSW

Homeschool Reviews, My Homeschool Multiple Grades

Thank you for putting together this wonderful course. Over the last 4 years I have taken 2 of my children through Years 7 and 8 using a distance ed programme but this year my daughter and I have found this course to be a much less stressful transition to high school.

I love knowing that we are still fulfilling the requirements for the Australian Curriculum but I have also been able to give my daughter the rich classical literature-based education that I was looking for. I have been interested in the Charlotte Mason style of education for a few years but until now I was frustrated that everything I came across was based on American history/geography/seasons. Thank you for putting in the time to track down and integrate appropriate Australian resources into the curriculum.

This was my first year registering with the Qld Home Education unit myself so I also found the information that you included regarding registering very helpful.

I have also used the Year 5 and Prep courses this year and found them to be wonderful as well. Thank you again.

Tracey from QLD

Homeschool Review, Year 7 Curriculum

Just to let you know, our moderator here in W.A. absolutely loved the curriculum! Very positive feedback.

We are so very happy with your gorgeous curriculum and look forward to our future years of study!

Rachel from WA

Homeschool Reviews, Year 4 Curriculum

My Homeschool has been the perfect fit for our family. It has provided the “hand-holding” I needed as a new homeschooler while still being flexible enough to be workable in everyday life.

It took the stress out of writing the application for exemption to homeschool as everything was laid out for me, and we were granted 18 months exemption.

I love that it uses a relaxed CM style, can be taught from a Christian worldview and is Australian. The weekly plans are not overly prescriptive so can easily be implemented according to the child’s individual interests and pace of learning and whatever else is happening in our week.

Lauren from SA

Homeschool Reviews, Year 1 Curriculum

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