The 2017 Education and Training Reform Regulations have now been ‘made’ and come into effect in Jan 2018.
HEN has campaigned against these regulations but the government refused to alter them.

The opposition put a disallowance motion to the Legislative Council to try to soften the regulations but it was defeated for want of one vote. You can read the actual debate in Hansard (see p13)

Our campaign has resulted in the creation of the Victorian Home Education Advisory Committee and input on the employment and training of staff for the Home Education Unit of the VRQA. We have also raised the profile of home education.

Our focus now moves to working through VHEAC and with the VRQA where we will advocate for a reasonable requirements.

At the moment, the details of what Learning Plans and Reviews will involve is still unknown. As things move forward, HEN will provide information, support and tools to assist people in adjusting to the new requirements. Join HEN for updates.

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September 12, 2017

VHEAC Communique

September 2, 2017

Work Experience

Home ed kids can undertake work experience – in Victoria you or your parent just need to approach an employer and set it up with them. In other states, your homeschool inspector, moderator or authorised person may be able to […]
August 31, 2017


The Victorian Home Education Advisory Committee will provide guidance, information and feedback to DET and the VRQA on the operation of the new Regulations. This advice will be used by DET and the VRQA to inform the development and implementation […]
August 23, 2017

Regulations campaign wrapup

HEN has a long and proud history of standing up for home educators rights. With new Education Regulations developed, HEN’s lobbying resulted in a disallowance motion being put in the Legislative Council on 23/8. Unfortunately, the vote was 20:20 so the motion […]
August 21, 2017

The dangers of principal approval

Anonymous I’m extremely concerned that a parent may have to apply for permission to withdraw their child to home school, leaving them in school for up to 28 days unless the principal agrees it’s in the child’s best interest not […]
August 20, 2017

If the disallowance succeeds

This is what the regulations would look like with a successful disallowance motion:
August 17, 2017

Home Education and Disability Funding

By Mish Baker, Disability Advocate and Home Educating Parent There are 4743 students registered for home education in Victoria from 3006 families. They receive no funding at all. Research consistently shows 25% of home educated children have additional needs. In […]
August 16, 2017

Educating Claudia

By Kerstin Scheel Eighteen-year-old Claudia was in and out of school but the system never met her needs. We had several stints of home education which, although challenging, was the best option available for much of the time. Claudia has […]
August 15, 2017

Lessons from across the Border

By Pavlina McMaster The recently-released NSW Ombudsman’s Inquiry into behaviour management in schools report is damning and disturbing. It does not contain anything new, but firmly establishes that many students with disabilities, special needs, and out-of-home-care needs continue to be […]
August 11, 2017

Report on DET Meeting

Meeting: 31 July 2017 to discuss the formation of a Victorian Home Education Advisory Committee (VHEAC) VHEAC Selection The VHEAC election procedure was agreed. The VRQA will send out an email to initiate nominations and voting and HEN will conduct […]
August 10, 2017

The Principal Problem

By Sue Wight Home educators are concerned that the Education and Training Reform Regulations 2017 will keep bullied, troubled and suicidal children in school for 28 days awaiting approval of their home education application. In fact, of the whole regulations, this […]
August 9, 2017

Notice of Disallowance Motion

The Liberal Nationals have given notice of a disallowance motion in the Legislative Council and reads: MRS PEULICH — To move — That in accordance with section 5.10.2(5) of the Education and Training Reform Act 2006 the following clauses of […]
July 25, 2017

A Thin Veneer of Consultation

By Sue Wight The government has announced a Home Schooling Advisory Committee and is hoping that will be enough to see off the threat of a disallowance motion on their 2017 Education Regulations. So, how real is this committee? Not […]
July 14, 2017

HEN-DET Meeting Report

HEN met with DET representatives on 30 June and we were asked to submit our report to DET for comment prior to publication. We expressed reservations, but DET were concerned about the possibility of being “misrepresented” and insisted refusal would prevent a […]
July 1, 2017

Privacy Breach Report

The report with findings of the Independent Inquiry into the Privacy Breach around submissions to the Education and Training Reform Regulations Review is now available with DET’s statement available here.
June 26, 2017

Merlino’s ‘Light Touch’ Bulldozer

Letter to the Minister 26/6/2017
June 23, 2017

Are the Regulations now law?

By Sue Wight The Education and Training Reform Regulations have now been ‘made’ but there is no need to panic. Here, we provide the department’s Fact Sheet and answer the questions it doesn’t cover. So, are the Regulations now law? […]
June 21, 2017

VRQA Hostility is not ‘Light-touch’

Anonymous The Victorian Registration and Qualifications Authority (VRQA) is well known within our community for its hostility towards home education. It’s the authority which handles registrations and, more frighteningly, is set to receive free rein over home education next year […]
June 21, 2017

What DET doesn’t want you to see

By Sue Wight Redacted In making submissions on the Education regulations, people told the personal stories that led to their home education. The purpose of telling these stories was to illustrate the need for unobstructed access to home education. These submissions […]
June 20, 2017

The Education Department don’t consult

By Sue Wight Consultation kɒnsəlˈteɪʃ(ə)n/ noun the action or process of formally consulting or discussing. “they improved standards in consultation with consumer representatives” synonyms: discussion, dialogue, discourse, debate, negotiation, conference, deliberation “the recommendations include increased consultation with local people”   […]