Homeschooling ACT – The Essential Parents’ Guide

Homeschooling in the Australian Capital Territory, Canberra, and the surrounding areas has become increasingly popular in recent times, providing a new way of learning for students, and new possibilities for parents and guardians.

With all aspects of work and family life becoming increasingly flexible, it is no surprise that registrations have increased. Homeschooling can be a daunting prospect to consider, but taking a methodical approach and gaining a thorough understanding of the requirements will give you the confidence to try homeschooling and to see how you can design a curriculum and content plan that suits your family’s needs. Applications in ACT are managed through the ACT Education Directorate.

Registering for Homeschooling with the ACT Education Directorate

It is a legal requirement to go through the correct processes and to liaise with the ACT Education Directorate. The first step when looking into homeschooling in ACT is understanding the registration process and the Education Act of 2004. Parents and caregivers can register their children for homeschooling between the ages of least five and 17 years. All registrations are managed through the Home Education Unit and they will assist with understanding the application process, and how to prove that you have met the requirements. 

You can contact the ACT Home Education team here. 

Curriculum requirements for Homeschooling in ACT 

There are no legal requirements to link your programme of learning to the Australian Curriculum but this is recommended for homeschooling parents and is a good place to start. Adopting this approach ensures you are providing not only a balanced learning experience, but will also assist with your application assessment. A starting point for key subjects to cover are:

  • English
  • Mathematics
  • Sciences (including physics, chemistry and biology)
  • Humanities and social sciences (including history, geography, economics, business, civics and citizenship)
  • The Arts
  • Languages
  • Health and physical education
  • Information and communication technology, and design and technology.

At first impression, this can seem daunting for home educating families, but gaining an understanding of the support materials available, and ensuring you take a methodical approach to the application process can greatly assist with navigating the application for homeschool registration. The ACT Education Directorate offers a three-month grace period for parents and caregivers to prepare and provide a plan while they are commencing homeschooling.

Homeschooling ACT Support Groups

Throughout ACT and for the homeschooling parents of the southern tablelands, there are a number of after-school activities and a range of support groups available. Homeschool groups, Scouts, Guides, cadets, ballet and music classes, swimming lessons, sports clubs, and other online groups around areas of interest ensure that homeschooled children have just as busy and enriched a schedule as their traditionally schooled counterparts.

See how to use EP to help plan your homeschool curriculum. 

Homeschooling in ACT FAQs

How long does it take to find out if my application is successful?

Each application is processed as quickly as possible and students must remain in school while this process is ongoing. The Education Directorate commits to providing a response within a timeframe of 28 days. 

How much time do I need to teach each subject?

There is no hard and fast rule on specific time allocations, just make sure that you meet the requirements provided in the curriculum for homeschooled children. The time you spend on each subject or module depends on your child’s needs, their progression, and where they need support. Get as much support as you need, and make sure that you connect with other homeschooling parents – different strengths can create support systems for different subjects. 

How can EP help me to deliver a homeschool programme in ACT?

Many programmes are available, and leveraging technology as a part of a holistic homeschool programme can be highly effective. For example, EP records every question answered, minute spent learning, and task and assessment that your child completes. This provides fantastic pre-assessment data and can help with common tests like NAPLAN, and ensure that there is a measure of progress that is easily viewed.

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Why Use EP to Homeschool?

EP is adjustable for every style of homeschooling. It’s built to enhance your ability as a home educator and offer your child both structured and flexible methods of learning. The platform allows you to adapt for individual strengths and weaknesses so every learner feels supported.

You can:
Create your own courses
Follow our pre built outlines
Unschool your learner with our interest led functionality
Join over 1500 other homeschoolers!

Why Use EP to Homeschool?

EP is adjustable for every style of homeschooling. It’s built to enhance your ability as a home educator and offer your child both structured and flexible methods of learning. The platform allows you to adapt for individual strengths and weaknesses so every learner feels supported.

You can:
Create your own courses
Follow our pre built outlines
Unschool your learner with our interest led functionality
Join over 1500 other homeschoolers!