December 2, 2016

Regulations Alert

HEN advises the home education community to prepare to resist unfriendly regulation.  At the last ‘consultation’ meeting (25/10 ),HEN representatives were given an overview of the proposed regulations but strongly requested to keep them quiet. The proposal was presented in a benign […]
December 2, 2016

Home-ed Alumni Survey

Where are they now? Australia’s first generation of home educated students are now adults and we’d like to check in with them and form an overall picture of what home ed kids do when they grow up. This information will […]
November 14, 2016

Readathon Wrap-up

Huge thanks to everyone who participated in The Home Ed Winter Readathon 2016, it was great show of support from the home ed community. 24 participants from Victoria, Tasmania, New South Wales and Western Australia collectively read 2,284 items over […]
October 26, 2016

Ongoing consultation on home ed regulations

Report on meeting with Department of Education and Training A third meeting between DET and HEN was held on 25/10. We were told the regulations review is moving forward and draft regulations together with the Regulatory Impact Statement may be […]
October 10, 2016

Distance Ed Materials

For the past 10 years, registered home educators have been able to purchase distance education materials from DECV is they wished to do so. The following notice now appears on their site: Please note: From 2017 onwards, Distance Education Centre […]
October 9, 2016

Socialisation: The Hidden Agenda

By John Barratt-Peacock It is the most boring of all the objections to home education and seemingly the most stupid since, on all the evidence, home educated children are the best socialised. So why do they do it and why […]
October 4, 2016

Ending is Better than Mending

Schooling and Commercialism By Susan Wight Early Australian society needed, and indeed the land itself demanded, that people be frugal, self-sacrificing and hard-working. This was a time when there was nothing to spare. Possessions were few and were confined to […]
October 2, 2016

HEN volunteers wanted

Ready to help out? Every time you use our website, access a discount, read a post, attend an event, or settle down with a cuppa to enjoy Otherways magazine, you are reaping the benefits of work by HEN volunteers. We’d […]
September 16, 2016

Regulation Review – What’s Next?

The timeframe for the review is: Oct: next HEN meeting with DET End Oct: drafting process complete Nov: Draft regulations and Regulatory Impact Statement (RIS) to Minister Dec: Draft regulations and RIS signed off by Minister. Jan: Draft regulations and […]
September 7, 2016

The Preschool Push

By Susan Wight Preschool attendance has always been optional in Australia but the issue of compulsory preschool continues to raise its ugly head with depressing regularity. Parents paying expensive daycare fees may be in favour of government funded preschool programs.  […]