Homeschooling in Victoria

Homeschooling in Victoria

When homeschooling in Victoria you need to apply to the Victorian Registration and Qualifications Authority (VRQA) for registration but the application process is easy compared to all other states in Australia. 

You need to register your child for homeschooling in Victoria:

  • if your child is not enrolled in distance education, or at a school,
  • they are compulsory school age – aged 6 to17, or a child who turns 6 during the year home schooling will commence,
  • your child’s residential address is in Victoria.

Disclaimer: This is general information on homeschooling in Victoria and is not meant to be used as legal advice.

Homeschool Victoria FAQs

Can I Homeschool Part Time in Victoria?

Part-time (or partial enrolment in school) is an option for homeschooling in Victoria. However you will need to negotiate this with your individual schools. To begin you need a homeschooling Victoria registration letter when you apply for your part-time school application. Find out more about part-time homeschooling in Victoria.

When Can I Remove My Kids from School?

Theoretically you are supposed to wait until your registration is approved. This process can take a month (but usually it’s less). However, many parents remove their child before their homeschool registration has been officially approved. Some parents get a doctor’s certificate for stress leave for their child until registration is approved.

Many schools can be quite supportive of homeschooling and will leave the door open for you to return if homeschooling doesn’t work out. However, some parents report having problems with the school administration (they lose funding and possibly a teacher when you leave).

You need to know that schools don’t have any power to stop you from homeschooling. It is a legitimate option. However, they do have legal obligations to fulfil for non-attending students. You do not need to show the school proof that you are homeschooling although some schools will be quite insistent, until they are given documentation. If you anticipate having problems, I suggest you mention as little as possible to the school and get your registration application in ASAP.

How Much Does Homeschooling Cost

It is free to apply for homeschooling, however you do not get paid by the government to homeschool.

Some people are eligible for Centrelink payments such as Newstart (with a no work exemption) and the Isolated Children’s benefit scheme. You can find more information about those payments here.

Then there is the cost of curriculum. You can do it on a shoestring, or you can go crazy expensive. Here are some things to think about when trying to work out the real cost of homeschooling.

Do I Need To Buy A Curriculum? Can I Unschool or DIY My Curriculum?
You do not need to buy a curriculum but you will need to do an educational plan regardless of what method you choose. If you are interested in unschooling in Australia you may find this interesting.
Can My Child Get A VCE If They Were Homeschooled?

Homeschooling for Year 11 and 12 will not provide you with a VCE, however your children can study for a VCE alternative.

Will Homeschooling Limit My Child's Options For University?
Your child can still go to university. In fact they can probably get there earlier than if they went through the normal school system.

All four of my children went to university at 16. One became a medical doctor at 22 years old, and another got his Masters degree at 21.

I can tell you many other university success stories. Read about homeschooling and university here.

Can I Register for Homeschooling In Victoria If Travelling?

There are no specific restrictions on travelling and homeschooling in Victoria. 

How Long Does Registration Last?

Once you have made your initial application you won’t need to again. Each year you are sent an email to ask if you are continuing with home education and if you respond you will remain on their register.

Each year 10% of registered home educators are chosen for a review. To date as far as we know nobody has failed their review. Once you are reviewed you are exempt from further reviews for two years.

Registration Process for Homeschooling in Victoria

Make an Application to VRQA

On the VRQA website you will find  information that will tell you all the nitty-gritty details of registration but I’ll give you the simplified version.

Apply and Submit a Learning Plan

What will VRQA be looking for in your plan?
You need a holistic plan that covers all the eight key learning areas. The plan also needs to be age appropriate. Your plan does not need to be linked to the Australian Curriculum.

  1. English
  2. Mathematics
  3. Science
  4. Humanities and Social Science – Includes: history, geography, politics and civics
  5. The Arts – Includes: visual arts, dancing and music
  6. Health and Physical Education
  7. Technologies
  8. Languages

What if my child has special needs?
You can also apply for exemptions of subjects if needed for your child. Assessors will consider your child’s special needs on application.

How To Prepare A Plan

You will find the  VRQA structured learning template and sample plans here.

You can also use a prepared plan like the ones we have at My Homeschool.

Approval Recommendations

After you send in your form it can take a few weeks. However, it may take a little longer if they need to ask questions about your application or ask for some extra information. In most cases you will be approved for registration and sent a registration certificate. Registration is continuous.

On the rare occasion that you are not approved you can contact HEN and ask for help  (This is a support body for Victorian home educators).

Education Progress Review

“A small portion (around 10 per cent) of families will be selected each year for a review of their home schooling arrangements. In a review, a parent will be asked to show that the eight key learning areas are being regularly and efficiently addressed and provide some evidence of educational progress. Evidence of progress might include samples of student work or NAPLAN results if available. Parents are still able to change or experiment with different teaching styles, as long as the eight key learning areas continue to be addressed.” VRQA

I like all the core subjects (history, geography, nature study). Moodle App is handy. Weekly guide is great!

Sue from Victoria

Homeschool Review, Year Three Curriculum

Can I Buy A Plan?

Yes! When you use My Homeschool we give you the essential building blocks for your personalised learning plan.

We’ve done 75% of the work. We provide idea prompts and suggestions to help you personalise your application to suit your child’s specific needs.

With each grade we include:

  • A learning plan in an editable Word document. Just fill in the sections we recommend.
  • A scope and sequence with all syllabus outcomes and codes linked to resources.
  • Editable Term Reports to make re-registration easy.

100% of our members report passing their registration and reregistration when using our templates.

You’ll find more information on home education registration and planning here.

What a relief and blessing for homeschool families to have all the nitty gritty details of daily homeschool and homeschool registration designed for us. It is wonderful to see how simple registration can be. Michelle you have created a method for recording that oozes simplicity and that is what we all want. Michelle and Jo you are a very present listening ear and help on the My Homeschool forum and your advice is all about making homeschool work for each one. I have absolute freedom in how I use this resource. I have not followed the schedule as is but have felt encouragement from you to make it work for my busy family lifestyle, quirks and passions. Year 5 is helping our ten year old to move into written narrations and I have found Our Sunburnt Country broken into small chunks with a notebook page for each reading, is so simple and achievable. My daughter’s confidence in writing has grown in the first term of using My Homeschool following this very natural method. Thank you Michelle and Jo, for your commitment to making homeschool simple. What a blessing you are.

Renelle from NSW

Home Educator, My Homeschool, Year Five

Let Us Help You On The Homeschool Journey

My Homeschool is more than a curriculum, it is a holistic education community that supports parents and children on their homeschool journey. When you buy a graded homeschool program through My Homeschool you are joining a community that supports and mentors parents interested in educating their children academically and spiritually.

We give you a shortcut to help you get straight into giving your child a delightful and robust education without spending days and days researching and tweaking unsuitable content.

We Wanted A Curriculum That Worked For Home Educators

Our curriculum writers have already done the juggle of homeschooling a few children at once.

  • We knew how lovely and important it is to learn as a family so we made some lessons and read alouds possible to teach as a group.
  • We reduced the time needed for formal academics by crafting our curriculum so our resources and books often teach multiple topics.
  • We made each grade fit each state’s syllabus so you can get registered easily.
  • We gave you a streamlined intentional curriculum so you could give your children a wholesome integrated education from kindergarten to high school.
  • We made sure it was academically challenging so your children will have career options, and a pathway to university if needed.
  • We put it all in one place so you weren’t hunting around looking for resources every time you wanted to begin lessons.
  • We made it easy to access your lessons and planner when you were out and about or travelling just by picking up your smartphone.

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