Homeschooling in QLD – 2022 Unofficial Guide
Homeschooling in Queensland is free and legal. Temporary and continuous registration options are available. Queensland parents with children aged 6-17 can apply to the HEU (Home Education Unit).
Here is a quick overview of the basic facts that you need to understand for homeschooling in Queensland.
FAQ for Homeschooling in Queensland
When Can I Remove My Kids From School?
There are two registration methods for homeschooling in Queensland. Using either method you can take your children out almost immediately.
Provisional registration only needs a letter of intention and you can get approval from when they receive your letter. This means your child can be withdrawn from school immediately. You will need to do the more formal application after provisional registration expires.
Continuous registration (which you will have to do eventually) is with the HEU. It can take a couple of months but similar to the provisional registration method you have 60 days to submit your plan and you can remove your child from school after they have acknowledged your application (I’ll tell you more about this so read on).
Can I Travel when homeschooling in QLD?
Yes you can.
Part Time Homeschooling in Qld
In Queensland simultaneous enrolment in school and homeschool is not an option, however you may be permitted to participate in some school classes but not be officially enrolled. This option needs to be negotiated with individual schools and is up to the principal’s discretion. A fee may also be required.
Can I Get A Queensland Certificate of Education (QCE) When I Homeschool in QLD?
When you choose to homeschool you can’t get a QCE, however your children can study for a QCE alternative that can lead towards an Overall Position (OP).
How To Register For Homeschooling In QLD
If you plan on homeschooling in QLD, then the HEU (Queensland Home Education Unit) states it is a legal requirement to register to homeschool from ages 6 to 16 – if your child is not enrolled in distance education, or at a school.
Some confusion exists because the term “provisional registration” is used for both home education registration methods. Each methods will give you 60 days provisional registration, one method is temporary and expires after 60 days, the other provides a registration certificate and is continuous.
Section 207 and 208 of the Queensland Education (General Provisions Act) allows for home education registration.
Method One: Certificate For Home Education – (Section 208 of the 2006 Education Act)
Use this method in most circumstances.
To register for the Certificate in Home Education you need to fill in an application form the Queensland Home Education Unit (HEU) and be a Queensland resident. The form will take less than an hour to complete. However there are a few documents you need to provide and if you don’t have these handy you may have to wait for them to arrive. Each child needs a separate form. Once an application is submitted, you will be advised of your provisional registration by email. Please be aware that this may take a number of days.
Once you begin a 60 days provisional registration, you can notify the school you will be homeschooling in QLD.
Registration approval also requires an education plan; preparing this will take longer. Although it does not say on the application form that you can send in your education plan later – you can! If you don’t have a plan to send in with your application, and you are in a hurry to get provisional registration, mention you will be forwarding the plan to the HEU at a later date. Home education applicants get 4-6 weeks to provide a plan during the provisional registration period.
Once registration is granted, you get a registration certificate that lasts 12 months.
Registration is continuous however you are required to send in a report of progress every 12 months.
Method Two: Provisional Registration For Queensland Residence (Section 207 of the 2006 Education Act)
This temporary registration is meant to be used for children in between schools, or temporarily not at school for other reasons. Overseas families living in Queensland who want to homeschool their children also while on temporary visas. It is not for families who are planning on homeschooling permanently. If you plan on sending your children back to school in 60 days then you can use this method. Otherwise use Method One – 208 Certificate of Registration.
Provisional registration is only a temporary registration option. You get 60 days approval and no plan is required. After the provisional registration expires you would then need to re-evaluate learning options for your child. This means your child needs to be sent back to school, or you apply for a 208 Certificate of Registration.
You must apply for 207 Provisional registration by letter. There is no form.
Homeschooling in Queensland registration is approved from the date they receive the letter and it lasts for 60 days.
Here is a redacted version of a provisional approval letter that was given after applying with our template letter.
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Preparing Your Application For Homeschooling In Queensland
The first thing you need to do is download and fill in your application for registration form from the HEU. You can find the official QLD homeschooling application details here.
The following details need to be included in your documentation:
- general details of your child
- An individualised education program tailored to a child’s need.
- A way to monitor educational progress
- Provision of a suitable environment for homeschooling.
With your application you need to submit an education plan. This HEU application requires you to demonstrate how you plan to provide a high quality education for your child.
Home Education Plan Template for Queensland
Three home education plan templates for Queensland are provided by the HEU and examples are given, however nearly all Queensland homeschoolers I know find the home education plan templates and examples overwhelming and confusing. But the good news is…You do not need to fill out the home education plan templates for Queensland provided by the HEU. You can make your own homeschool plans.
A note on the HEU website states:
“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.”
My Homeschool Education Plan Templates For Queensland
At My Homeschool we have a home education plan template for Queensland.
We’ve done 75% of the work for you.
We provide idea prompts and suggestions to help you personalise your QLD homeschool registration application when using our curriculum. However you will still need to submit your plan to the HEU.
With each My Homeschool grade purchased we include:
- A learning plan in an editable Word document. Just fill in the sections we recommend.
- A scope and sequence with all ACARA codes linked to resources. This will demonstrate a high quality education that is linked to the Australian Curriculum – the syllabus followed in Queensland schools.
- Assessment suggestions and prompts to remind you when to collect samples for your annual report.
- Editable Term Reports to make your re-registration progress report easy to do.
We have had extensive positive feedback from education department representatives across Australia about how My Homeschool not only meets the requirements of the Australian Curriculum but also furnishes homeschooling parents with the opportunities for personalising their own homeschool program.
At My Homeschool we have a 100% success rate with families who register using our method. With more than 1000 families using My Homeschool across Australia and many homeschooling in Queensland – we are pretty proud of that!
Home Education Planning For Queensland By Subject
When writing your own education plan you need to work out what subjects you plan on teaching. For example, the basic subjects for primary are:
- English/ Language Arts
- Science and Technology
- Social Studies or Human Society and its Environment (includes history, geography and civics)
- Creative and Practical Arts (includes visual arts, drama, dancing and music)
- Personal Development, Health and Physical Education – PDHPE (includes health information and sport).
- Foreign Languages
In Year 7 to 10 English, Science, Math, History and Geography are compulsory but other subjects are electives:
- Creative and Practical Arts
- Personal Development, Health and Physical Education (PDHPE)
- Foreign Language (LOTE)
- Design and Technology
Approval Recommendation There is no set time for registration approval. It could take a few weeks or months. They may want to ask a few questions about your application or ask for some extra information. This is usually via email but you can speak on the phone to someone at the HEU. Nine times out of ten, they will then tell you that you have been approved for registration and that you will be sent a registration certificate. Registration is continuous but you will be asked to send in reports of your child’s progress each year. On the rare occasion that you are not approved you can contact the HEA and ask for help. (This is a support body for home educators in Australia. You can join if you haven’t already).
Preparing Your Annual Report
If you wish to continue homeschooling in Queensland you will need to submit a progress report of your child’s home education each year. This will include:
- Samples of your child’s work. You will need to think ahead for these samples. My Homeschool have included prompts throughout the term to collect these samples and put them in your portfolio. Work samples should be taken from Math, English and another subject. English compositions, and notebooking pages work well for this. Math’s samples need to show full working out of problems.
- A plan for the following year. If you are using My Homeschool Graded course for the next year then you can use our Yearly Planning Form for the following grade and fill out the appropriate details.
Queensland Distance Education or Home Schooling
Queensland correspondence schools are a popular choice for many families with around 3500 students enrolled in the Christian homeschooling distance education schools alone. However Distance Education is quite different to homeschooling because you use pre determined curriculum and you are under the supervision of a school. In order to stay accredited these schools are required to comply with the Australian National Curriculum. This usually means that you lose the flexibility you have when determining your own curriculum, you also gain the advantage of not having to put in the effort to plan your own curriculum. Registration is often avoided but some distance education schools require you to register with the Home Education Unit as well.
When you home school without enrolling with a distance education school you maintain your independence and flexibility. You are also not required to follow the Australian National Curriculum (at this stage).
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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.
This is the My Homeschool unofficial guide. We’ve tried to explain homeschooling in QLD in simple terms for the newbie. The information found here is suitable for families registering to homeschool in Queensland. We endeavour to keep this page current and up-to-date. However, we are not the official government registration body for Queensland and more information on homeschooling can be found on the links we provide. Last updated May 2022