Home Based Programs

From Term 1 2017, Victorian government and Catholic schools will use the new Victorian Curriculum F-10. Curriculum related information is currently being reviewed and may be subject to change.

For more information on the curriculum, see:
The Victorian Curriculum F–10 - VCAA

The Department provides a range of resources to schools to enable the delivery of a high quality program for all students.

In Victoria, education is compulsory for children aged between 6 and 17.  All students are expected to attend normal school hours every school day of each term.  In exceptional circumstances, however, the severity of a student’s disability in combination with the fragility of their health may prevent them from attending school for a period of time.

The Home-Based Educational Support Program supports schools to provide students with severe disabilities and comorbid fragile health with an educational program when they are unable to attend their enrolled school, due to the nature and impact of their disability and health needs.

The purpose of the Home-Based Educational Support Program is to:

  • assist schools to maintain ongoing relationships with enrolled students with severe disabilities and comorbid fragile health and their families
  • provide eligible students with an education program
  • to foster the student’s engagement with school and plan and implement their transition back to school

Application Process and Timelines

Home-Based Educational Programs must be developed by the Victorian government mainstream or specialist school in which the student is enrolled, in cooperation with the student’s parent/guardian/carer(s).

Guidelines, forms and timelines for schools are available at: