Home schooling information package and registration
Under the Education Act 1990 home schooling is education delivered in a child’s home by a parent or guardian.
Home schooling allows a parent or guardian to integrate the NSW curriculum with the learning processes that occur naturally in the home throughout a child's development.
Parents or guardians who are home schooling a child are responsible for developing and implementing their child's educational program and assessing their child's program. Registration with the NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA) is a legal requirement for home schooling while a child is of compulsory school age and not enrolled in a school. It is open to parents to apply for home schooling registration for children over 17 up to the age of 18 years.
The Registration for Home Schooling in NSW – Information Package provides further information about home schooling and may help to decide if this form of education is appropriate for you and your child.
- Download the Registration for Home Schooling in NSW – Information Package (PDF) (updated August 2013).
Read the Information package questions and answers.
Home schooling registration - application forms
To apply for home schooling registration, complete the appropriate form below and return it to the Home Schooling Unit at NESA.
- Form 1
Application for Initial Registration (or Exemption from Registration) for Home Schooling (PDF)
- Form 2
Application for Renewal of Registration (or Exemption from Registration) for Home Schooling (PDF)
- Form 3
Application for Certification of Completion of Year 10 (PDF)
- Home Schooling Unit
Phone: 02 9367 8149
PO Box 5300, Sydney, NSW 2001
Consultation on draft ‘Guidelines for Home Schooling Registration in NSW’
NESA is consulting with parents and stakeholders in relation to draft Guidelines for Home Schooling Registration in NSW (‘the draft Guidelines’). Feedback from the consultation will be considered in finalising the Guidelines for publication by mid-2017.
The consultation process includes an online survey and consultation meetings across NSW.
Consultation meetings commence on Tuesday 28 February and conclude on Tuesday 11 April.
Parents are asked to register their attendance in advance of each meeting to assist with catering. Registration for the meetings is through Eventbrite. Click on the link for your selected meeting location and follow the prompts to register.
- Consultation meeting Dubbo Tuesday 28 February
- Consultation meeting Lismore Wednesday 1 March
- Consultation meeting Woolgoolga Thursday 2 March
- Consultation meeting Newcastle Tuesday 14 March
- Consultation meeting West Gosford Tuesday 14 March
- Consultation meeting Wollongong Thursday 16 March
- Consultation meeting Armidale Friday 17 March
- Consultation meeting Bankstown Monday 20 March
- Consultation meeting West Ryde Tuesday 21 March
- Consultation meeting Penrith Tuesday 21 March
- Consultation meeting Broken Hill Thursday 23 March
- Consultation meeting Albury Tuesday 28 March
- Consultation meeting Wagga Wagga Wednesday 29 March
- Consultation meeting Cooma Thursday 30 March
As a result of feedback from parents, three additional meetings have been scheduled.
- Consultation meeting Dubbo Monday 3 April
- Consultation meeting Lismore Monday 10 April
- Consultation meeting Woolgoolga Tuesday 11 April
Feedback about the draft Guidelines may also be sent by email to the Home Schooling Unit at email@example.com or by mail to:
Home Schooling Unit
NSW Education Standards Authority
GPO Box 5300
SYDNEY NSW 2001
Consultation on the draft Guidelines closes on 11 April 2017.
Following the consultation, a report will be published to summarise the feedback received.
Development of the draft Guidelines was guided by the Writing Brief as published on the NESA website.
If you have any questions about the consultation process, please contact the Home Schooling Unit by email via firstname.lastname@example.org or by telephone 02 9367 8149.
NAPLAN 2017 – Information for Home Schoolers
Children who are registered for home schooling are eligible to participate in the National Assessment Program Literacy and Numeracy (NAPLAN) testing program.
The 2017 NAPLAN tests will be administered from 22 May 2017.
For students in Years 3 and 5 there are four tests covering numeracy, reading, writing and language conventions (spelling, punctuation and grammar).
For students in Years 7 and 9, there are five tests including two tests in numeracy.
To participate in the tests, home schoolers must submit a NAPLAN registration form to NESA.
For enquiries and to obtain a copy of the registration form, please contact Teresa Elliott, Senior Administrative Officer, on telephone 02 9367 8112 or email email@example.com.
The closing date for receipt of NAPLAN registration forms is Friday 24 February 2017.
Authorised Persons Handbook
The Authorised Persons Handbook provides guidance for Authorised Persons in relation to assessing applications for home schooling.
In 2014, the NSW legislative Council Inquiry into Home Schooling recommended that the Information Package be reviewed in consultation with stakeholders. The Government endorsed this recommendation.
During May and June 2016, the first phase of the consultation process was conducted with qualitative and quantitative feedback gathered through an online survey, consultation meetings across NSW and other written and verbal feedback provided to the then BOSTES.
The Consultation Report: Review of the Registration for Home Schooling in NSW – Information Package reports on the feedback from the consultation.
Based on the feedback and directions identified in in the Consultation Report, a draft Writing Brief was developed. Following a meeting of the Home Schooling Consultative Group on 14 October 2016, the Writing Brief was finalised and the process of drafting a revised Information Package has commenced.
Read about the consultation process for the revision of the 2013 Registration for Home Schooling in NSW Information Package.
Smart and Skilled
The NSW Government's ‘Smart and Skilled’ initiative provides subsidies for participation in vocational education and training. Registered home schooled students who are over 15 years of age may be eligible for Smart and Skilled subsidies.
For more information phone 1300 772 104 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Home Schooling Consultative Group
NESA NSW has established the Home Schooling Consultative Group with members including home schooling representatives.
Expressions of interest for membership of the Home Schooling Consultative Group (HSCG)
A vacancy currently exists on the HSCG as a parent representative, effective from 7 April 2017.
NESA is therefore calling for expressions of interest for membership of the HSCG, as one of the four home schooling parent representatives.
Information about the HSCG in relation to its purpose and terms of reference is published on the Home Schooling Consultative Group page.
Expressions of interest for membership must be received by NESA no later than Friday 17 March 2017.
Download the Home Schooling Consultative Group – Expression of Interest form (PDF) for more information, and to apply.
Home Schooling data
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