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Homeschooling in Queensland

What you need to know...

The legal nitty gritty

 * Each state in Australia has different laws regarding homeschooling.

* Homeschooling in Queensland is legal.

* In Queensland, when your child is at compulsory school age, you are legally required to be registered with the Home Education Unit (HEU) or enrolled with a distance education school (DE). 

* Compulsory school age in Queensland is when a child turns 6 years and 6 months old and finishes when  they are 16 years of age, or if they have completed year ten.  

HEU and DE

WHAT IS THE HEU?

The Home Education Unit (HEU) is a branch of Education Queensland.  It is run by the government and its stated purpose is to oversee and regulate the home education registration and reporting process.  

WHAT DO YOU NEED TO DO?

You need to apply to the HEU for approval to homeschool.  You will need to submit an application for each child you will be homeschooling.  You can do this application by yourself, you can get help by doing a workshop with a privately run business, or you can pay a business to help you plan and write the application.  For more details on the application process and on businesses that can help you, click here. 

HOW DO YOU HOMESCHOOL WITH THE HEU?

You choose the way you would like to homeschool your children and you choose the programs you would like to use, if any.  You develop the educational program for your child. However, whatever you choose to do must be approved by the HEU.   

Below is a list of pros and cons as we see them, and as other mums have expressed in the past.  Of course, this list is subjective.  It is just a reference to help you think about what you will find helpful and not so. 

PROS

You get to choose your own way of homeschooling which means you have more control over how your children learn.

No fees involved.

Once approved, you are pretty much left alone to do your own thing.  

Some parents feel that it is easier than DE because there are no attendance logs, tests, or assignments to submit.

CONS

Some find the task of planning and reporting daunting.

If the HEU is not satisfied with your application they will ask you to resubmit and you may be denied approval.  

You don't get the support you can get from a DE, for example, activity days and/or learning support.  

Senior students receive no recognition of their learning ie QCE, year 12 school certificate.  

Click here to see reviews on the HEU.   

WHAT IS DE?

Distance education is basically a school that you can enrol with, even though you are separated by distance.  They began as schools for students who were geographically isolated, but are now available to homeschool families. There are state run DE and privately run DE.  

WHAT DO YOU NEED TO DO?

In order to enrol with a DE school you simply need to research which school will suit your needs.  Once you've decided which school you like, speak to the school and ask to enrol.  They will need you to fill out some details and pay any fees they charge.  Government DE do not charge fees. 

For a list on the DE schools and reviews on them, click here.  

HOW DO YOU HOMESCHOOL WITH DE?

Each DE school will have their own educational program.  You will need to follow their program.  Some DE schools are more flexible than others and will allow you some leeway in what programs you use.  It will take time to find out what they offer and what they will expect of you.  Click here to find out more about each DE school.  

Below is a list of pros and cons as we see them, and as other mums have expressed in the past.  Of course, this list is subjective.  It is just a reference to help you think about what you will find helpful and not so. 

PROS

You do not need approval to enrol with DE.  You just enrol.

You don't need to make your own educational program to be approved.  The DE provides a program for you.

DE schools usually provide teacher support.

Most private DE schools offer activity days, sports days etc

Senior students can receive a QCE and/or Year 12 school certificate.  

CONS

Private DE schools charge fees.

You are required to do the program the school offers, so this can be restricting to some.  The workload can also be burdensome, depending on the school.  

There may be attendance logs and testing required on a regular basis and some parents find this problematic.

Click here to see reviews on the HEU.