In the Australian Capital Territory all home educated children must be registered with the ACT Education Directorate (the Directorate) in accordance with the Education Act 2004 (the Act).
ACT Home Education Requirements
Under the Education Act 2004 the parent(s) of a child registered for home education must:
- provide a high-quality education for the child;
- document the educational opportunities offered to the child;
- document the strategies used to help the child to learn;
- make available for inspection home education programs, materials or other records;
- conduct the home education from the home base listed on the registration certificate;
- apply in writing for registration before provisional registration ends;
- apply in writing for registration renewal at least the prescribed period (3 months) before registration ends; and
- give a report about the educational progress of the child once every year (Progress Report).
For further information about home education registration in the ACT, please see Frequently asked Questions – Home Education Registration in the ACT – 2019 (1Mb),
Frequently asked Questions – Home Education Registration in the ACT – 2019 (952kb),
To speak with a Home Education Liaison Officer Phone: +61 2 6205 5429
To request a home education registration application form: Education Directorate Contact Form
Home Education Regulation - Community Consultation 2018
In 2018 the Minister for Education and Early Childhood Development, Yvette Berry MLA released for consultation the Education Amendment Regulation 2018. Consultation concluded on 12 October 2018.
The draft regulations complement the amendments to the Education Act 2004 introduced in 2017. The draft regulations set out new arrangements that:
- In the case of a child’s first home education registration: allow parents an arrangement tantamount to provisional registration by providing three months to develop an education plan, program or approach appropriate to their child’s needs before meeting with an Education Directorate authorised person;
- In the case of renewal of home education registration: provides a simplified process that allows parents with demonstrated confidence providing high quality home education to renew registration by submitting documents only, and flexibility to conduct a meeting electronically;
- For both first time applications and renewals: maintain flexibility about the information that parents provide about their home education plan, program or approach;
- A child returning to home education after a period where they have not been registered of greater than 12 months will be regarded as a first time registration, which will ensure that the application is given robust consideration; and
- Allowing three months for parents to develop and submit an educational plan, program or approach thereby responding to concerns around allowing parents to quickly and lawfully withdraw a child from school education.