In Victoria, home schooling your child during their compulsory school years is a recognised alternative to attending government or registered non-government schools.
When you decide to educate your child from a home base, you assume overall responsibility for the planning, implementation and assessment of your child’s education.
The Victorian government recognises that home schooling can occur across a broad range of styles, from informal learning approaches to formal curriculum programs, and as such, does not mandate curriculum or reading materials for families who have chosen to home school.
The following provides information on what is required from families considering home schooling their child.
Key learning areas
There are eight key learning areas that need to be taken into consideration when planning your child’s home schooling program: the arts; English; health and physical education (including sport); languages other than English; mathematics; science; studies of society and environment; and technology
These learning areas are outlined in more detail in the Education and Training Reform Act 2006.
Registering to home school your child
Parents interested in home schooling must register with the Victorian Registration and Qualifications Authority (VRQA), a statutory authority responsible for the registration and accreditation of education and training providers.
The Education and Training Reform Act 2006 requires that all children of compulsory school age (6 to 17 years) are enrolled in a school, or registered for home schooling.
For information regarding registration, see: Victorian Registration and Qualifications Authority
Partial enrolment for registered home schooling students
Students registered for home schooling are eligible to partially enrol at their local government school for specific activities agreed on by the school and the student’s family.
For more information on partial enrolment guidelines, see: Partial Enrolment for Registered Home Schooling Students Guidelines (PDF - 33Kb)
The Home Schooling in Victoria guide
The Home Schooling in Victoria guide outlines the services and support available to families who home school to help educate their children at home. The booklet is designed to assist families to ensure that home schooled children are given the best opportunities to maximise their learning and development potential.
For a copy of the booklet, see: Home Schooling in Victoria − A Guide to Services and Support (PDF - 1.5Mb)
Each year the Commonwealth Government funds vaccine programs for adolescents aged 12 to 13 years of age and 15 to 16 years of age.
These adolescents are able to access free vaccines from either their GP or local council immunisation service.
Vaccine protection offered at 12 to 13 years of age is for hepatitis B, chickenpox and human papillomavirus (girls only).
Vaccine protection offered at 15 to 16 years of age is for diphtheria, tetanus and whooping cough.
Vaccine protection against influenza is for any child with a high risk medical condition. Families can discuss this with their GP.
See the fact sheet at: Secondary School Immunisation − Information for Parents