Registering for home education

What's required: the learning areas

To be registered for home schooling in Victoria, you need to provide regular and efficient instruction, which taken as a whole substantially addresses eight learning areas:

  • English
  • mathematics
  • sciences (including physics, chemistry and biology)
  • humanities and social sciences (including history, geography, economics, business, civics and citizenship)
  • the arts
  • languages
  • health and physical education
  • information and communication technology, and design and technology.

The regulations do not elaborate on what needs to be covered in each learning area. You get to decide what to include, so you can best reflect your child's individual needs.

How to register

Registration is free and you only need to do it once. To apply to register for home schooling you need to submit:

  • a completed application form
  • necessary documentation such as proof of your child's identity
  • a learning plan detailing how you intend to address the learning areas.

We have a number of optional samples and templates to help you develop a learning plan. For more information about developing a learning plan, see:

Application

To apply, fill the application form:

If you need help completing the application form, we have information to guide you. See:

Submitting your application

Send us your application by email (in pdf or jpeg format) or post:

Assessing your application

In most cases, we assess applications within 10 days. However, some applications may take up to 28 days for us to assess after receiving a complete application.

If your application is incomplete, we will ask you to provide more information. The 28-day assessment period starts when we receive a complete application.

When assessing your application, we consider all the relevant rights of the child. This is done in accordance with Victoria's Charter of Human Rights and Responsibilities.

For more information, see:

School enrolment during the application process

While we assess your application, the law says children aged 6–17 years must remain enrolled in school.

If your child is unable to attend school due to illness, stress, bullying, or other difficulties, they can be excused by the school principal, but must remain enrolled until your application is decided. In this situation, please speak to your child's principal. With your consent, the principal is welcome to contact the VRQA if they have any questions.

If you are a family arriving from interstate, you will need to enrol your child in a registered school for 28 days while we assess your application.

Outcome of your application

We will write to let you know whether or not your child's registration has been approved.

Please be aware that if your application is incomplete, we will contact you for additional information. If we do not receive the information within 28 days, a decision will be made based on material available to us.

If your child has been refused registration, you may wish to consider the reasons for the decision, address any outstanding areas and submit a fresh application. You can submit a new application at any time.

Alternatively, you can appeal the decision. For information about making an appeal, see:

Maintaining registration

Toward the end of each year, we will contact you to ask if you intend to continue to home educate your child in the following year.

If you do not advise us of your intentions before 30 November, your registration may cease.

We also annually review around 10 per cent of all home educating families to see that the requirements of registration are being met.

For more information about our review program, see: