Why we conduct reviews
We conduct reviews to see that the requirements of home schooling registration are being met. These requirements are set out in the Education and Training Reform Regulations 2017, which state that:
A student must receive regular and efficient instruction that —
- taken as a whole substantially addresses the learning areas of:
- sciences (including physics, chemistry and biology)
- humanities and social sciences (including history, geography, economics, business, civics and citizenship)
- the arts
- health and physical education
- information and communication technology, and design and technology; and
- is consistent with the principles and practice of Australian democracy.
Up to 10 per cent of home educating families are randomly selected for review each year.
How a review works
Reviews take place from April to October. If your child's registration is selected, we will notify you early in the year indicating a proposed month for review. As your review approaches, we will contact you again to finalise arrangements.
Essentially, you need to demonstrate that the education you are providing meets the requirements of registration.
From the information and evidence you provide, we'll assess whether:
- instruction is regular and efficient
- your child's educational program, taken as a whole, substantially addresses the learning areas
- the educational program is consistent with the principles and practice of Australian democracy.
If you are educating more than one of your children at home, only one child's registration will be reviewed.
Providing evidence and review methods
We need evidence of the educational program you are providing.
We don't mandate what the evidence should be or how you must provide it. This is because everyone's approach to education is different.
For templates to help you approach your review, see:
To provide your evidence, you may choose one or a combination of the following methods:
Desktop: send us evidence and we'll review it from our office. You can provide evidence in hard copies, on a USB or email us files.
Telephone: talk to us about your child's educational program and about your instruction, explaining how you're meeting the requirements. If you need to send in evidence following the discussion, together we'll decide what evidence is most appropriate.
Visit: meet with us to show us how you're meeting the requirements. Have examples that show the educational program being provided. The visit will be in a location you choose which doesn't have to be your home.
Please note, regardless of the review method we may contact you if we need more information or evidence to understand how you are meeting requirements.
Our short video
Preparing for Review will help you understand types of evidence to use at review so you can start preparing.
Download video transcript: Preparing for review (docx - 28.37kb)
The information you share with us during a review is private. For more information how we handle privacy, see:
Reviews information session
In May 2019 we held an information session to walk through what you can expect if you are selected for review. To watch a recording, see:
Outcome of a review
Once we have reviewed your evidence, we will write to let you know whether or not you are meeting the requirements of registration.
If you have met the requirements, you will generally be removed from the review pool for the following two years.
If you have not met the requirements, you will be advised of any further actions you need to take. If you do not take these actions and fail to demonstrate that you are meeting the requirements of registration, your home schooling registration may be cancelled.
Appealing a decision
If you think our proposed decision is wrong or unfair, you can ask us for an internal review.
If a final decision has been made, you can apply to the Victorian Civil Administrative Tribunal.
For more information about appealing a decision, see:
Frequently asked questions
Have a question? To download a copy of our FAQs, see:
If you're still unsure, contact us. We're here to help: