The dos and don'ts of applications and learning plans

If you're applying for home schooling registration, follow these dos and don'ts to help you get your application and learning plan right the first time.

Before submitting an application


  • read the step-by-step process for new registrations: 
  • remember that each state or territory has their own home schooling processes and requirements
  • consider when you hear something on social media if it is accurate and applies in Victoria
  • contact the team via phone or email if you still have questions.


  • submit an application unless you are certain that you will home school your child
  • submit an application unless you can answer section 3.3 that asks when you intend to commence home schooling, and are sure the registration will begin at that time 
  • seek registration 'just in case'.

Preparing the application form


  • make sure you are using the latest version of our application form and use the information sheet to help you complete it:
  • double check that you have filled in all parts of the application form, including ticking all relevant boxes for each child on the application
  • make sure all applicants listed in section 1.1 hand sign the form — please don't just type your name in this box
  • include all necessary attachments, including:
    • proof of date of birth
    • proof of parental responsibility for the child (please ensure the parent name on the document matches the applicant name on the application form — if there has been a change of name, we will require additional documentation)
    • a copy of a current court order (if applicable)
    • evidence of consent of both parents (if applicable)
    • a learning plan
    • evidence of a partial enrolment (if applicable)
  • provide a Victorian residential address — even if you are travelling, a Victorian residential address is still required 
  • contact us if you will be outside Victoria for an extended period.


  • change or amend the form in any way, it is an official document and cannot be altered
  • send the document to us as multiple pages — scan and submit the completed form as one document. 

Developing a learning plan


  • include clear, specific details of the subject matter, content or activities to be covered
  • tell us about your child's specific learning needs, strengths and interests
  • include general details on when instruction will take place (a specific timetable is not required)
  • include details on where instruction will take place (main location plus some external places you may visit)
  • indicate specific materials and resources you might use in supporting your child's development
  • list how you will record learning outcomes (for example, photos, projects, journals or work samples).


  • feel you have to tell us everything that your child will do, a detailed summary is fine
  • use a specific template or style if it does not suit you — but do ensure that you include the required information above
  • give us content for any learning area that is subject to an exemption
  • reinvent the wheel — if you are using a purchased program, you are welcome to forward the curriculum to us and don't have to rewrite the purchased program into our templates
  • forget to keep a copy for yourself — the learning plan should be something you refer to as you start your child's home education
  • worry if your learning plan changes — adaptive learning plans are based on your child's changing needs and interests 
  • feel that you have to cover everything you placed in the learning plan if you realise it is no longer appropriate for your child.