June 23, 2017

Are the Regulations now law?

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? Yes and No. […]
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

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 were treated so cavalierly […]
June 20, 2017

The Education Department don’t consult

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”   Consultation on the […]
June 20, 2017

Home education regulations unjustified

Let’s look at the deeply flawed Regulatory Impact Statement (RIS) used to justify increased regulations for home education. School is not great The RIS assumes that the state school system provides “high quality” education for all. This is demonstrably false e.g. […]
June 20, 2017

Context for the existing regulations

The 2007 Regulations, The Guide to Home Schooling in Victoria and Support Materials for Registration were finalised under consultation with experienced home educators on a Home Schooling Advisory Committee (HSAC), in recognition that unreasonable regulations in other states had led […]
June 19, 2017

Regulatory Spin

Let’s take a look at the spin being put on the Regulations through the Minister’s Media Release
June 18, 2017

Allergy Bullying led to Home Education

Anonymous What I love about home education is that there is room for each and every one of us, in all our glorious uniqueness. We have the freedom to work out what is the best educational fit for each individual […]
June 7, 2017

Concerns re plans and reviews

Another submission made to DET published here by permission Anonymous I am very concerned about the proposal that the VRQA will be responsible to approve home lesson plans and conduct reviews on home educators and how that would impact on […]
May 30, 2017

How to deal with a privacy breach

Are you a public servant with an embarrassing privacy breach to clean up? Consider yourself a knight in shining public service armour and read on! Our guide covers the essential steps involved in saving face and carrying on regardless! Step […]