Deciding to home educate

In Victoria, home education is a recognised alternative to attending school. It means that a parent or both parents assume the overall responsibility for their child’s educational program.

There’s a great deal of flexibility in the arrangements and you don’t have to follow any particular curriculum. It’s up to you.

More than 5000 children from around 3000 families are registered for home education across the state.

The VRQA is Victoria’s home education regulator. Our responsibilities are set out in the Education and Training Reform Act 2006 and the Education and Training Reform Regulations 2017.

The law says that any child of compulsory school age (6–17 years) who is being educated at home must be registered with the VRQA. There is also the option to combine school and home education under an arrangement called partial enrolment.

Am I eligible to home school?

You can register your child for home education if:

  •  your child is aged 6–17 years, or if they turn six in the year home education will commence
  •  your residential address is in Victoria.

You will need to provide documentation confirming your child’s eligibility for home education, such as a copy of their birth certificate.

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