All children must be enrolled in school or registered for home schooling, unless granted an exemption

By law all children aged between six and 17 in Victoria must be enrolled at a registered school or registered for home schooling unless they have a reasonable excuse.

School participation is important as it maximises life opportunities for children and young people by providing them with education and support networks. It also helps children and young people to develop important skills, knowledge and values which set them up for further learning and participation in their community. 

Home schooling in Victoria is a legally recognised alternative to attending a registered school. Parents who wish to home school their child must satisfy the requirements of the Victorian Regulation and Qualifications Authority. For more information, see: Home Schooling

For information on how to enrol your child in school, see: Enrolling in Primary School and Enrolling in Secondary School

I know someone who has not enrolled their child at school

If you know of a child who is of school age and appears not to be enrolled in school or registered for home school you can make a referral to a School Attendance Officer. In order to make enquiries, the School Attendance Officer will need to know:

  • the full name and date of birth of the child; and
  • the name and address of a parent responsible for that child’s school enrolment.

Any person making a referral is encouraged to use the referral form.  The forms can be downloaded here, see: Referral Form (docx - 45.51kb). A School Attendance Officer may accept a referral by another method if it includes all the required information.

Further information

The Department has developed many resources available online to assist parents with their child’s education. For more information on attendance issues, or related issues like bullying, visit Bully Stoppers