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Full Statements On Homeschooling

Read the full statements from the state and territory governments here.

QLD Information on the number of children registered for home education (by age, gender and postcode) as at August with a five-year time series to 2019 may be found on the Government’s Open Data website www.data.qld.gov.au.

Further information on home education registration is available on the Department’s website at http://ppr.det.qld.gov.au/education/learning/Pages/Home-Education-in-Queensland.aspx and https://education.qld.gov.au/schools-educators/other-education/home-education

NSW “The NSW Education Standards Authority has seen an increase in home schooling enquiries during COVID- 19.

“Home schooling is an option for long-term education of school age children. Considerable planning is needed to satisfy the home schooling requirements.” Home schooling data is published on the NESA website.

The data for 2020 will be published website in the first half of next year.

ACT The ACT Education Directorate undertakes a Census in February each year. At the time of the February 2020 census, 322 students were registered for Home Education in the ACT. At the time of the February 2019 census, 305 students were registered for home education in the ACT.

There has not been a significant increase in Home Education enrolment applications to the ACT Education Directorate this year. The Education Directorate has not seen any noticeable trends in Home Education enrolments during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Since 2010 there has been a steady growth in the number of students who are registered for Home Education. The selection of Home Education is a parental choice. Home Education can be for short or longer term periods depending on the circumstances, needs of the family and compliance with obligations. For reference, in 2010 there were 65,412 students enrolled in ACT Public and non-government schools. In 2020, this number is 80,416. The growth in Home Education registrations is consistent with the growth in school enrolments over the same period.

VIC “There has not been a spike in home schooling registrations in Victoria this year. New registration figures have been similar to the same period in 2019. “Home schooling figures are published annually. At 31 December 2019, there were 6072 children registered for home schooling in Victoria.

TAS Total number as at end June 2019: 1068 Total number as at end June 2020: 1160 (this number takes into account new students but also students completing home education, either to transfer back to school or because they have finished compulsory schooling)

January – June 2019: 172 new applications January – June 2020: 231 new applications (There was a spike in February, March and June. These months align with the beginning of the pandemic when parents first started to be concerned about their children being at school, and in June when students began to return to school)

June 2019: 23 new applications June 2020: 42 new applications

Anecdotally, the OER are aware of parents who have decided that they enjoyed having their children at home or felt that their children responded better to being taught at home and this is supported by the spike in June 2020. However, we have been very conscious of making sure that parents understand that home education means that the parent is responsible for creating their own program in accordance with the 10 Standards including literacy, numeracy, wellbeing, range of learning areas etc. They need to do the research and create the program and evaluate the program and ensure that their children are progressing each year. We do not provide any curriculum or work sheets for them to do, they must develop that themselves. So it is very different to ‘school at home’ where the school or department provides resources for the children and the parents are merely supervising the children.

SA Number of students exempted for home education. Year/Number of students 2020* 1 530 2019 1 360 2018 1 315 *Data provided as of 30 June 2020

WA At the start of March there were 4 116 students registered for home education. By the end of June, there were 4 563 students registered. The number of students registered for home education generally increases every year with the increase in the total number of students enrolled in public education.