The registration of home education in Tasmania is managed by the Office of the Education Registrar.
Tasmanian Home Education Advisory Council
The Tasmanian Home Education Advisory Council (THEAC) was established in 1993 to advise the Minister for Education and the general public on matters to do with home education and to register and monitor individual home education programs. The roles and responsibilities of THEAC have changed under the Education Act 2016.
Under the current legislation, THEAC is responsible for:
- Providing advice to the Registrar in relation to applications for approval of a home education program;
- Providing the Minister and the Registrar with advice in relation to home education generally;
- THEAC still provides a reference point for queries, responds to community concerns and maintains liaison with other agencies about home education.
Further information about the Council may be found at www.theac.tas.gov.au.
Under the Education Act 2016, parents may exercise educational choice to register as home educators, thereby assuming responsibility for delivering education during their children’s compulsory years of schooling.
In Tasmania, a child who is at least 5 years of age as at 1 January in any year must be enrolled at school or provided with home education by a registered home educator for that year and subsequent years until the child is 17 or completes a Certificate III. Once a child completes the equivalent of year 10 that child may decide whether to continue with home education or undertake an approved learning program.
Legislation, Regulations and Standards
Home Education is governed by provisions set out in the Education Act 2016 and the Education Regulations 2017. You can find the Act and Regulations here
The Education Regulations set out Standards which clearly state what is to be contained in an approved home education program. These Standards are contained in Schedule 1 of the Regulations. The regulations have been reproduced on this site in the Home Education Summary and Program – Requirements and Standards document below.
In addition to this legislative framework, Ministerial Instructions have been approved by the Minister for Education and Training. Ministerial Instruction 13 is the home education Instruction. These Instructions provide guidance in the interpretation and application of the legislation.
Who must Register
You must register as a home educator if you choose to home educate your child or youth.
How to apply for Home Education
- Home Education – How to apply
This document contains all information about what you will need to complete your Registration Application.
- Home Education Application Form (PDF)
- Home Education Application Form (Word)
This form must be completed for both new applications and for ongoing registrations.
- Home Education Summary and Program – Requirements and Standards
This document outlines the requirements that must be contained in a Home Education Summary and Program
- Home Education – HESP Template (PDF)
- Home Education – HESP Template (Word)
This document may be used as a guide to develop your Home Education Summary and Program. It contains text that can be typed over. You do not not have to use this template it is provided as a guide only. If you choose to use your own document, please ensure that you include address all Standards outlined in Requirements and Standards document.
A separate HESP must be provided for each child.
Part-time attendance of a home educated child at school
An application to home educate a child may include the part-time enrolment and attendance of a child at one school. However, an application must be accompanied by the in-principle approval (obtained in writing) given by the enrolling school principal. During the remainder of 2017 schools will begin to make available policies around part time enrolment and attendance for home educated students. These policies will include when application needs to be made and what if any fees or levies are payable.
Part time attendance can be up to the equivalent of two full days a week but may be spread out across the week in smaller blocks as agreed between the parent and the Principal. If you wish to transition your child into full time school you may negotiate with the Principal to increase attendance over the course of the year preceding full time school as a way of transitioning your child into schooling. Further information can be found in Ministerial Instruction 13 – Home Education.
Guidelines for Part-time Enrolment of a home educated student wishing to attend a Government School have been published by the Department of Education.