If there is no local group listed, options are:
- Search Facebook/Google for “homeschool” together with your town/suburb
- Put up a notice at your library or librarians are often aware of other home ed families.
- Join HEN to access to our member Facebook group and weekly email of events (mainly Victorian)
- Consider starting your own group. Some helpful information can be found here
The Home Education Network provides this list as a service to the community.
Group listing does not imply endorsement by HEN.
Many of the groups are run by our members, others by non-members.
Parents have full responsibility for the supervision and safety of their own children.
Home educators have widely differing needs and expectations. It is up to each family to decide which groups are suitable for them.
Special Purpose Vic Groups
ASD Homeschoolers (facebook)
This group is for families who are homeschooling their ASD/Asperger children in Victoria, Australia.
Catholic Home Educators of Melbourne (West)
Email: kelandpat (at) optusnet (dot) com (dot) au
or see the blog
Gifted & 2E Home-ed Group
Regular events and meetups for gifted and twice exceptional home ed kids.
Contact yellow.readis (at) gmail (dot) com for details.
Teens events group (Melbourne) (12+)
Facebook group for families with teen aged Homeschoolers in the greater Melbourne area. Events can be organised by any member of the group and are usually held in and around Melbourne for homeschoolers aged 12 and up. If you would like to be kept up to date with upcoming events, join the Facebook group.
Eastern Neuro Diverse Social Group
For Neurodiverse families (homeschoolers and preschoolers). Meet weekly in the Playgroup room of the Central Ringwood Community Centre. Cost is $3 per child or $5 per family per week to cover hire fees.
LGBTIQA+ Homeschoolers in Melbourne and Victoria
A safe, welcoming group where homeschooling families who have one or more family members who identify as LGBTIQA+ can come together to organise meetups and support eachother. If you would like to join, please send us an email telling us a little about yourself and your family. Please note that discussion takes place in a secret Facebook group.
Contact: lgbtiqa (dot) homeschoolers (at) gmail (dot) com
Homeschoolers for Climate Action
A place for Melbourne homeschoolers to come and plan strike action in November, or organise to get together at other planned events. 🙂
See also – National tab for other specific online groups.
Preschool Aged Specific Groups
West Melbourne Wildlings (Preschoolers)
A place for families of home educated children in the pre-registration years (0-6) to connect and create a village so the journey into Home Education is full of familiar faces sharing support and growing together. We hold weekly meet-ups that alternate days and location on a monthly basis to accommodate everyone, as well as occasional group craft and creative learning days. Open to anyone who lives in a Melbourne, but keep in mind weekly meet ups run within western Melbourne except for occasional nature walks and excursion to various other places.
Contact Abbey via Email: wildwattlefolk (at) gmail (dot) com
Or find group on Facebook: West Melbourne Wildlings
Homeschool Preschool Mamas Melbourne
Homeschool Preschool Mamas Melbourne – an active local group for families all around Melbourne with children aged 0-6years. We have regular casual meet ups in varied locations around Melbourne and surrounds.
Albury Wodonga Homeschoolers Support Group
Meet regularly for organised activities and excursions.
Email: daf.little (at) gmail (dot) com
Albury / Wodonga & Surrounds Homeschool / Education Group: Facebook
Bairnsdale Home-Ed Co-op
A weekly session held on Tuesdays, 10am onwards during school term time where homeschoolers can meet together to build relationships and community.
At Sarsfield Recreation Reserve Hall, School Rd, Sarsfield.
$8 per family, per week, this cost covers hall hire of $5 per family and the provision of lunch and some craft supplies.
Contact Anna Hamer; 0423166483
Facebook group: Bairnsdale Home-Ed Co-op
Ballarat Home Education Group
Help available for families with questions about commencing the home education journey. Information about how to connect with fellow home-education families.
Contact: Lynda Russell
Phone: 0401 807 649
Email: ballarat (dot) home (dot) education (at) gmail (dot) com
Bass Coast: Phillip Island/Cowes area
We have a group that meets on Thursdays from 10-12 at Citrus and Vine, Phillip Island Tourist Road in Cowes. Ages range from kindergarten to teens.
Bayside Home Schoolers
We meet in various locations around the Mornington Peninsula. Current ages range from babies to around 10. Of course all ages are welcome. All communication is done via Facebook Page.
We are a group that meets fortnightly, on Wednesdays, during school terms for a whole day of activities. We try to have a good mix of science, sport and art. We also have groups of children working on specific projects and competitions. We are about organising all the things that are easier and more fun if done in a group.
Contact: Juliet 0408 400 989
We meet Wednesdays and Fridays at various locations, please see website or Facebook group for more details. All ages and home learning styles are welcome!
Main Facebook Group (Greater Bendigo Homeschoolers)
Casual Catch Ups Facebook Group (Bendigo Home Ed Casual Catch Ups)
Bendigo Unschoolers and Natural Learners (facebook)
Berwick Activity Group
(This group is currently full. There is a waiting list for those interested)
We are a Christian Home Ed group, who meet fortnightly to bring our kids together for fun activities and time together, while giving the parents some time out and good company. Meeting in the beautiful grounds of The Old Cheese Factory in Berwick, we aim to provide a variety of activities for our children, such as art, drama, sport and especially those things that are well suited to a group environment.
Contact email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Campaspe/Murray Home-Ed group
We are based on the Murray river in Echuca/Moama
In 2019 we will meet at the Echuca Library twice a month:
2nd Wednesday 2:30pm
4th Friday 1:00pm
Excluding school holidays.
We will also meet once a month for a fun activity. Date TBC.
Casey/Cardinia area: Teen Vibes
We are a local group for Cardinia/Casey shire (and welcome neighbouring suburbs) for pre-teens and teens aged 11/12 to 16 years. We meet weekly on Tuesdays at various places and participate in various activities both educational and social.
Contact : Samantha Rowe 0413 932904
As a group we are using Waldorf/Steiner education principles or inquiry based learning to educate our children and ourselves, we support each other to provide great education opportunities both in our own home and when we gather together.
Each Friday during term we meet in a different natural environment that truly embraces the elements expressed in each season. It is here we have Seasonal Festivals, seasonal crafts and stories, morning circle, free creative play all within a rhythmic structure with emphasis on the in and out breath. We employ teachers/tutors for drama, eurythmy, indigenous studies and specialised subjects. Meetings start at 10am and finish at 2pm weekly.
Protocol for New People Joining Waldorf Homeschooling Group Castlemaine Style.
- To protect the space for our children new people can trial/join our group activities at the beginning of each term after first talking to one of the families in the group.
- We ask the family joining is Waldorf educating or embraces Waldorf values or inquiry based learning.
- Our Facebook page is for active participants of our homeschool group.
- We have a Facebook public group for family and friends to follow what we are doing.
We started out as the Coburg Science Club, a place for homeschoolers to get together and have fun with science. Last year we expanded the range of activities to include Lego, drama, music, robotics, craft and more. Welcome! Designed for 6-14yr old home educated families. We meet regularly on Mondays in Coburg.
Cranbourne Homeschool Co-Op
Meets weekly on Thursdays 9:30 – 12:30. We do activities like craft, science, cooking, zoo and museum trips as well as free play. Ages attending currently are 3 to 12, everyone is welcome. Cost is $5/week/child to cover materials.
Contact: Sasha for venue and details 0439079380
A new group for home educating families in Daylesford and surrounding areas. Weekly meetup at local parks for children to play, occasional group trips and much more. Facebook group link.
Doreen and Surrounds Home Educators
A group of local home educators with children of all ages growing friendships and supporting each other on the home ed journey. Meeting up as desired/organised
If you are new to the group, please contact me to confirm where it will be, as we sometimes change venues.
Contact Miriam M on 0458 685 040 for further info
Facebook group for those that come regularly.
Drouin / Warragul and Surrounding areas
We are a welcoming group of home schooling families in our local area.
As individual families we incorporate a spectrum of styles, ranging from informal learning approaches to formal curriculum programs but as a group we hope to share in park catch ups, local group excursions and group classes.
Creating a welcoming community is very important to us and hope it’s a place where both children and parents can come together for support and feel safe. We hope each family can feel open to share, ask any questions, contribute to ideas and arrange excursions within the group so there is no pressure on any one person to do so. Facebook group
Eltham Home Educators (Eltham, Greensborough, Yarra Valley and beyond)
Meet on Thursday afternoon from about 1.30pm. New families and visitors most welcome. The Eltham group does not meet during school holidays and from about mid-December to the second week in February. We alternate between ENAP (Eltham North Adventure Park – Wattletree Road) and Alistair Knox. Email to confirm meet-up location. Details are also posted in facebook group.
Contact: Michelle Duke email@example.com
Geelong Home Educators
Contact: Rachel Parkinson Email: rachelaparkinson (at) hotmail (dot) com
Hamilton area Support Group
Contact: Tammy Cosson Phone: 0466 449 685 Email: cossonfamily1 (at) yahoo (dot) com
Contact: Jayne Marti Email: jayneandadrian (at) bigpond (dot) com
This group is for home educators in Heathcote and surrounding areas to network, share ideas and create meet ups for learning activities and play.
Who: ALL WELCOME! We’re a diverse group of home educating families
Where: Quarries Park, eastern end of Ramsden St., Clifton Hill
When: Every Tuesday from 1pm to 5pm.
Why: To see old friends, and to make some new friends too! Quarries Park offers a wooden play structure with a giant slide, playing fields, skate park, bbq, picnic tables and shelter, toilet block, great view of Melbourne’s skyline, and access via public transport (Clifton Hill train station).
Contact: run by Outdoor Home Education – Miriam Baxt & Adrian Dent: firstname.lastname@example.org
Kingston City Council Home Educating Families
Covers: Dingley Village, East Bentleigh, Mulgrave, Chelsea Heights, Patterson Lakes, Parkdale, Waterways, and Keysborough.
Occasional playground/library meet ups. We are not the most active group, but just keep in touch a little via a facebook messenger group.
Email: Kerry: email@example.com to join the messenger group.
Macedon Ranges Group
Phone: +61 3 5428 5332
Mobile: 0427 384 950
Email: colita (at) hollyburton (dot) com (dot) au
Macedon Ranges Homeschool Meet-up
We run a regular meet-up for homeschoolers in the Macedon Ranges on Thursday mornings (10am-1pm). Kids have the opportunity to enjoy unstructured play with other homeschoolers at bush locations in the local area, while parents can meet and connect with local parents. We aim to create a welcoming group which is open, inclusive and supportive to all participants.
The format is three bush meet-ups and a facilitated workshop in the Macedon ranges each month. The facilitated workshops cover a range of topics. Most are free of charge, and some have a cost involved, which we try to keep as low as possible.
Parents are responsible for their own children for the entire meet-up and by attending agree to the HEN Event Attendee Guidelines.
What to bring:
- All food and drinks that your kids will need
- Clothing for all weathers
- Your good humour
If you are coming for the first time, please email to find out where we are meeting that week and to let us know to keep an eye out for you: MRHSM2018@gmail.com. We look forward to seeing you there! Fiona & Liana 😊
Maryborough All Abilities Home Ed Group
Meets Wednesdays at the fully fenced Burns St playground – near the Maryborough Train Station. Shade cover over the playground. Wheelchair accessible toilets nearby and treed grassed area for older kids. 10am-12.30pm. Contact: Kristina
Phone: 0474 499 712
Monash Home Ed Group
Date/Time – Every Tuesday 10:30 am – 1:30 pm
A casual weekly catch up for home educating families. We will rotate each week through parks in Monash and the surrounding suburbs, with possible excursions further afield during the year.
Ideal for families with school aged children – siblings of participating children are welcome.
Contact: Tanya 0434 182 353 or Ann-Marie 0422 546 841 (text preferred)
Home Educators Moorabool (and surrounds)
Meeting weekly at local playgrounds (or libraries in very wet/hot weather) on Tuesday afternoons in Bacchus Marsh, Melton and Rockbank
Contact: Jackie Verrico
Phone: 0408 872 514
Email: jnverrico (at) yahoo (dot) com
We’re on Facebook
Mornington Peninsula Group
Phone: 0407 871 341
Meets Mondays Contact: Alison 0459980973
North East Victoria Home Education
We are a homeschool group centered around Benalla in North East Victoria, covering an area including Wangaratta, Benalla, Mansfield, Strathbogie, Euroa, Violet Town, Seymour, Shepparton and places in between. We embrace and support all homeschooling methods and religions.
Contact: Ruth tim_n_ruth (at) yahoo (dot) com (dot) au
Northern Eastern Victorian Australia
We are a welcoming group! We have families traveling around Australia come to our group, and we meet weekly in the GV area.
Phone: 0423 805 702
North West Learning Network
Based in Sunbury, yet doing all things North West! We welcome home educators from Melbourne’s North, West and surrounding regions to come together and enjoy an eclectic mix of gatherings; learning days, creating days, social days and wandering days.
We will meet every Thursday between 1pm and 3:30pm alternating each week:-
Week 1 – A topic-based (indoors) meet held at Goonawarra Neighbourhood House, Sunbury suited to those who like a little structure.
Week 2 – Outdoors park meets, nature walks or events in the North West for those who enjoy free play, or like to select a specific event to attend.
Pascoe Vale Neighbourhood Facility
Run by: Blanca (& Carol)
With the aim being to inspire creativity on an ongoing basis (weekly on Wednesdays) and focusing on giving the best opportunity towards creating project art work, crafting, drawing, sketching-and other creative set ups. We wish to instil creative freedom within a guided and structured, caring and hands on environment.
Our goal and purpose is for our children to enjoy and experience all sorts of mediums of Arts & Crafts.
Point Cook Home Educators
This group is open to all home educating families living in the west of Melbourne to post their activities and network with other home educating families. The group promotes weekly activities including home school classes in Taekwondo, Art lessons, Gymnastics and Park Days. As well as one off visits to the zoo, museums, art galleries and cultural tours. Join now to meet and share with home educating families in the west of Melbourne.
Facebook NOTE: Please message admin along with your request to join the group.
Meet Fridays from 11 am
Contact: Charlene Bachmann
Phone: +61 3 5584 7333
Port Melbourne Homeschool Co-op
This co-op is aimed at children 4-7 year olds. We meet once a week on Mondays from 10:30-2:00pm. We have a combination of structured and unstructured activities including STEM, art, music, drama, second language and show & tell. Specialist teachers visit each week to run some of the activities and some of the activities are run by parents.
All parents are expected to remain and actively participate in running the co-op sessions. Older and younger siblings welcome but most activities are aimed at the 4-7 age group.
Cost – $180-$190 per term per family.
For more information please contact Shweta on 0450750503
Ringwood and Surrounding Suburbs Home-school Community
We are a group of home-schooling families based in and around Ringwood, Victoria. This group has been set up to form a community of families who meet regularly to offer support to one another and for our kids to have some fun! Our social meetups are all age inclusive, with a focus on ages 8 through to late teens. Facebook group
Sale Traralgon Un/Homeschoolers
Contact Jean A firstname.lastname@example.org
SE Melbourne Meet ups & Co-ops run by Outdoor Home Education group
Outdoor Home Education is a group that mostly runs outdoor based meets, activities and special events. There are park based meetups twice a month. These sessions start at about 1pm and run till around 5pm depending on weather and light. There is also usually a visit to the Zoo scheduled once a term.
For more information please contact Miriam Baxt via email: email@example.com or Facebook
Sunbury Home Educators (facebook)
For families who are currently home educating or considering home education in Sunbury, Victoria and surrounding areas. We use this facebook page as a local point of contact to arrange meet ups, play dates, field trips, classes and to ask questions, share information, ideas and resources that are relevant to all ages and styles of home education.
Sunraysia Home Educators
Meets occasionally in and around Mildura.
Contact: Maaike Johnston
Phone: +61 3 5029 1523
Tyabb – THAT Co-op
A group which meets on Mondays for STEAM focussed activities. We choose activities which are too messy, difficult or expensive to do at home, or which work best in a group. We alternate weekly between activity sessions in Tyabb, and excursions around Melbourne. The group is for high school aged students and their siblings (aged 10+) Parents must attend, and should be keen to contribute.
Warrnambool and Surrounds Homeschoolers Group
A support group for homeschooling families in the Warrnambool and South West Vic area – new members and all ages welcome! Meets regularly.
Contact: April Munson
11+ Home Ed Choir https://wyndhamcreative.wixsite.com/choir
Term 3 – No experience necessary – join our 20+ members to sing under the direction of our wonderful director Victoria. Heaps of boys and girls, with roughly half teens. Choir members are working towards a showcase performance in December, that you will be able to invite family and friends to attend. Sectionals (soprano, alto, tenor parts) are available on our website for practice. We meet in Werribee South at 11am on these dates: 20th July, 27th July, 3rd August, 10th August and 21st September. Cost is $50 per term (plus $5 extra for new members to cover folders music etc.) Contact Nicci via email WyndhamCreative at outlook.com
Improvised Drama – 10yo +
This friendly group meets on five Fridays in Werribee South for improvised drama class (one hour). Cost is $20 for the term. Dates are 17 August, 24 August, 31 August, 7 September and 14 September. Spaces are limited, so contact Nicci on WyndhamCreative at outlook.com to check on spaces for the term ahead.
Indoor Pursuits – All Ages
Join us at casual drop-in sessions on Friday afternoons in Werribee South for indoor games and other portable activities such as knitting, drawing etc. Bring games to share or your personal projects and connect with other families. All ages welcome. Cost is $3 per child (capped at $6 per family regardless of number of children – please bring right change on the day). Session dates for Term 3 are: 20th July, 27th July, 3rd August, 10th August, 21st September. Contact Nicci WyndhamCreative at outlook.com
West Gippsland Home Educators (Warragul, Drouin, Latrobe Valley and surrounds)
Meet 3rd Friday of the month at Rokeby Hall. Also organised picnics, excursions and activities.
Contact: Catherine Durant
Phone: 0402 410 897
Western Suburbs: Home education in Melbourne’s West
Park meets are held fortnightly on even weeks throughout the term on Thursday afternoons at Brimbank Park Playscape in Keilor, 1pm onwards. Contact Kim 0416623148.
Inner West Park Meets
Fortnightly park play for inner west home educators. Meet fortnightly on Thursdays from 11am at various parks around the inner west.
Contact is Charlotte Dent on 0412199436 or via the western group facebook page.
Whitehorse Home Educators
(Burwood, Box Hill, Blackburn etc)
Wimmera Home Education Group
Aims to gather monthly in a place in the Wimmera area.
Contact: Ginny (Warracknabeal)
Wheatland Educational Resource Centre, Warracknabeal.
Meet every 3rd Wednesday of the month for social day & borrowing. Contact: Rosemary McLean Email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Facebook page….request membership.
Yarra Glen Group
Meets fortnightly on a Tuesday afternoon, 1.00pm at McKenzie Reserve, Yarra Glen (the playground across the road from the IGA). It’s a fantastic playground and park which suits all ages, with undercover tables and a skate park as well. The group has teens, tweens and younger children all attending regularly.
Contact: Annie Phone: 0409 249 607 Email: anniel_5 (at) yahoo (dot) com (dot) au
Homeschooling in the Yarra Ranges
Our group offers a place for families to organise meet-ups, discuss activities and events in and around the yarra ranges and connect with other homeschoolers. We also have a regular weekly meet up during school term at local parks and families often organise picnics by the river, learning opportunities and other social gatherings. Facebook group
Yarraville – The Trugo Playgroup
The Trugo Playgroup happens every Tuesday throughout the year, at the Trugo Club in Yarraville.
We start at 10:30am and pack up for 12:30pm. We play a game of Trugo and other vintage games, sing seasonal songs in a circle and engage in craft activities and storytelling.
The Playgoup is led by Jake Wearing who is a Steiner Teacher and family day care educator, and currently homeschooling.
Once per month we have an experienced Steiner Teacher, Carol Liknaitzky, join us for a crafting workshop and storytelling. And every 2 months we have an indigenous workshop run by Boonwurrung man, Jaeden Williams.
The sessions are $10 per family, or families can sign up to become a Trugo Playgroup member for $25 per month, which includes all events, access to a private Facebook group and free sausage sandwich at each session.
Bega Valley Natural Learners Group
Contact: Kim Houssenloge
Phone: +61 2 6492 4727
Mobile: 0415 324 044
Email: kim.featherandnest (at) gmail (dot) com
Central Coast Homeschoolers NSW
A diverse group of homeschooling families spread out right across the Central Coast. There are many regular classes and events happening around the Coast. Please get in touch for support and more information.
Contact: Korina email@example.com
Goulburn Home Educators
We meet onTuesdays from 12:00 to 3:00 in Goulburn NSW.
Contact: Annette firstname.lastname@example.org
Narrabri Homeschool Group
Contact: Natalie Cameron Phone: +61 2 6794 4552
Armidale and New England Home Educators(facebook)
Homeschool Griffith and Beyond (facebook)
Contact: Charlene Bachmann Phone: +61 3 5584 7333
North East Adelaide Home Educators: https://www.facebook.com/groups/821508097990100/
SA Home Ed Camps: https://www.facebook.com/groups/2015537162030027/
Fleurieu Home Educators: https://www.facebook.com/groups/FleurieuHomeEducators/
Adelaide and South Australian Homeschoolers: https://www.facebook.com/groups/southaustraliahomeschool/ Also has a Yahoo group at https://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/home-education-sa/info
For families already home educating, the main group to join to find out what events and meet ups are happening around Adelaide and beyond is Adelaide Home Edders – Meet Ups: https://www.facebook.com/
Tasmanian Home Education Network facebook
Circular Head Homeschooling Group
Meeting fortnightly in Stanley
Contact Kylie for details on 0401325175
West Coast Tas Home Educators
Contact: Tracy email@example.com
North Queensland Homeschoolers //australiannorthqldhomeschool.weebly.com/index.html
Homeschooling in Queensland facebook
Home Education Queensland facebook
Gympie – Believers Christian homeschool co-op
We meet every Monday of term to provide children of all ages with fun and educational activities run by the parents. 9am-2pm at Gympie Church of Christ hall, 57 Horseshoe Bend Road, Gympie, QLD.
If you would like to get involved you can contact Jennie Drew on 0410036926
Tablelands Home Education (THE)
Weekly meetups at various location across the Atherton Tablelands, Far North Queensland. Blog: tablelandshomeed.blogspot.com.au
Email: tablelandshomeed (at) gmail (dot) com
Email: nqhomeschool (at) live (dot) com
Moreton Bay Region Homeschooling Connections (Facebook)
Creative Minds Homeschool Meets: Email firstname.lastname@example.org
The Domain Co-Op Urangan: fortnightly sessions in Science, Art, Sport and Auslan Class. Contact: Lee email@example.com
HENS, Albany WA.
Contact: Natalie Reeve
Email: regency (at) omninet (dot) net (dot) au
HEWA LEAP East Vic Park
Leisurelife Centre East Vic Park, held weekly
Activities: Literature, Science, History, Geography, Drama, Art, STEM, Kids Club, Tween/Teens Group, Writing, Sport, Public Speaking/Debating, Young Engineers and Incursions.
(need a volunteer to run this group)
Various locations around Perth, held monthly
Activities: Mini golf, ice skating, laser tag, bush walking
(need a volunteer to run this group)
Lakeside Recreation Centre, Bibra Lake held monthly
Activities: social gathering to dance, listen to music, board games
Kelmscott-Roleystone Homeschool Group
Roleystone Hall, 44 Jarrah Rd, Roleystone, held weekly
Activities: Sport, music, art, science, drama, technology,archery, gymnastics, sewing
Little Possum Homeschool Group
St Simon Peter’s Catholic Church, Ocean Reef
Activities: Collaborative craft and activities for pre-primary age.
NOR Homeschool Village
Butler Community Centre, Butler
Activities: Collaborative craft and science activities
Currently 10 families who get together on a regular basis in Port and South Hedland.
Facebook: Hedland homeschooling
Rockingham/Peel Homeschool Group
Baldivis Recreation Centre, held weekly
Activities: Music, Sport, Wakakiri
HENCAST (Home Education Network of Canberra and Southern Tablelands
PO Box 590
Belconnen ACT 2616
Australian Jewish Home Educators (facebook)
Originally setup for Australian Jewish Home Educators, there is a private Facebook group, which is accessible via the Facebook page.For security and privacy concerns we ask people connect with the group that way and only request to join the group if one of the parents is Jewish. For those who are not Jewish and just want to engage in discussion and gain further knowledge, we ask that they engage with our Facebook page.
Muslim Home Education
Unschooling.com Unschooling.com has an extensive website of essays and articles, as well as a number of discussion boards.
Homeschool Preschool Mamas Australia
Australia-wide group for homeeducating families with preschool aged children. A space for sharing ideas, activities, curriculum, encouragement, support and all things relating to homeschooling with younger children.
Regular Victorian Classes
Other classes and events are placed on the calendar as organised.