To list a group or update information, email groups@home-ed.vic.edu.au

General inquiries to 03 9517 7107. Another option for finding people in your area is to ask in the HEN members’ facebook group, search in the album connect with other home educators (maps of different areas) or search your area in the Victorian Homeschoolers and Unschoolers group.

You can also follow HEN on facebook or Twitter.

If there is no group listed in your area, consider putting up a notice at your local library or talking to your librarian. Because home educators use the library so much, librarians are often aware of us and a good way to make contact.

Albury Wodonga Homeschoolers Support Group
Meet regularly for organised activities and excursions.
Contact: Catherine
Email: daf.little (at) gmail (dot) com

ASD Homeschoolers (facebook)
This group is for families who are homeschooling their ASD/Asperger children in Victoria, Australia.

Bairnsdale Home Educators
A mix of excursions, relaxed get-togethers and craft/theme days
Contact: Cynthia McStephen
Email: cynmcs(at)yahoo(dot) com (dot) au
Phone +61 3 5156 8929

Bacchus Marsh and Melton Christian HomeSchool Group
Meets weekly at various local playgrounds for unstructured play, alternating between Bacchus Marsh and Melton.
Contact: Jackie Verrico
Phone: 0408 872 514
Email: jnverrico (at) yahoo (dot) com (last updated 9/2017)

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

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.

Bendigo Co-op

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
bendigo.co.op@gmail.com

Bendigo Homeschoolers
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!
Website: https://greaterbendigohomeschoolers.wordpress.com/
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
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: Alicia
Email: alicia(dot)hoppitt(at)gmail(dot)com

Castlemaine
Meets last Mon of the month, unless it clashes with significant dates such as Easter. Meet at the playground in the Botanic Gardens in Castlemaine around 10am. There is also a Steiner group.
Contact: April Bevin
Phone: 0438 400 129
Email: ambevin (at) gmail (dot) com

Catholic Home Educators of Melbourne (West)
Contact: Kelly
Email: kelandpat (at) optusnet (dot) com (dot) au
or see the blog http://catholichomeschoolactivities.wordpress.com

Coburg Co-op

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!

Website: www.coburghomeed.com

Email: coburghomeschool@gmail.com

Designed for 6-14yr old home educated families.

We meet regularly on Mondays in Coburg.

Cranbourne Group
A group of Christian homeschoolers that get together every second Friday of school terms in Cranbourne.
Contact: cranbournehomeschoolers@gmail.com

Dandenong Ranges  –    Facebook group

Daylesford
Meet at Daylesford Skate Park 10.30 every Thursday. Sometimes other venues during summer and winter.
Contact: Michelle
Phone: +61 3 5334 0585

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 on Tuesdays during term time at 11:30am at Hilltop Park, Doreen. During winter there may be a change of venue (if the weather is horrid). If you are new to the group, please contact one of us to confirm where it will be.

Contact Miriam M on 0458 685 040 or  Agniya on 0435 276 739 for further info

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) (HEN)
Meet on Thursday afternoons, usually at Eltham North Adventure Playground in Wattletree Rd, from about 1.00pm. 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. Text or ring to confirm meet-up location. Details are also posted via a facebook group.
Contact: Sara Giambruno saramg@optusnet.com.au
Phone: 0402 121 996

*Due to a fire burning down the Eltham playground, the group is currently meeting at different parks. Please make contact with Sara or the facebook group to confirm where it is being held.

Geelong Home Educators
Contact: Rachel Parkinson  Email: rachelaparkinson (at) hotmail (dot) com
Facebook

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.

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

Heathcote (facebook) 
This group is for home educators in Heathcote and surrounding areas to network, share ideas and create meet ups for learning activities and play.

Inner-City Homeschoolers
Who: ALL WELCOME! We’re a diverse group of home educating families, and we’re adding another Tuesday!
Where: Quarries Park, eastern end of Ramsden St., Clifton Hill
When: 1pm to 5pm on the 2nd & 4th Tuesdays of in-term months.
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: homeschool@betweenskyandearth.com.au

Macedon Ranges Group
Contact: Colita
Phone: +61 3 5428 5332
Mobile: 0427 384 950
Email: colita (at) hollyburton (dot) com (dot) au
facebook page

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)
or request to join the Facebook group for all event details

Mornington Peninsula Group
Facebook 
Contact: Michelle
Phone: 0407 871 341

Peninsula Wildthings
peninsulawildthings.weebly.com

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.
Facebook
Contact: Ruth
Email: 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.
Contact: Tina
Phone: 0423 805 702
Facebook
Website: northernvichomeschool-com.webs.com

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.

Contact: Victoria Calleja
Phone:0425 781 376
Email: Nthwestlearningnet@yahoo.com
Facebook  

Pascoe Vale
Pascoe Vale Neighbourhood Facility
Prospect Place
Pascoe Vale
Run by: Blanca (& Carol)
Email: blancamcquillan@gmail.com
Phone: 0406062503

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.

Peninsula Landcare Group

Peninsula Landcare Group is a parent run group which meets each Friday of the school term on a property in Mount Martha on the Mornington Peninsula. Current ages are from 0 to 12- but all ages are encouraged and welcome. Please contact text 0413 594 175 for more details.

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.

Portland/Hamilton/Mt Gambier
Meet Fridays from 11 am
Contact: Charlene Bachmann
Phone: +61 3 5584 7333

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

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.
Currently, we hold sessions on the:

  • second Wednesday of in term school months at Booran Reserve, Glenhuntly and

If good weather is expected, we sometimes have extra sessions. Other ‘occasional’ activities tend to include Melbourne Zoos and Berry Picking in Summer.
We have plans for setting up a few ‘one off’ other things soon.
Contact Miriam Baxt via email: homeschool@betweenskyandearth.com.au 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

Surfcoast Homeschoolers
Meet every Monday at 10am for a fun play at the park in Torquay. Bring picnic snacks and lunch. New families and visitors welcome!
Contact: Avigail
Phone: 0479 038 227
Email: avistone (at) hotmail (dot) com

Teens events group (Melbourne) (12+) 
Monthly events are 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. Enquiries can also be forwarded to Karen at unshackledme (at) gmail (dot) com although the FB group is preferred

Tyabb – THAT Co-op
A group which meets fortnightly 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. The group is teen focussed, but we take kids aged 10+, with parents who are keen to contribute. We also organise social activities and excursions on non-activity Mondays.

Contact: Kirsty via kirstyandal (at) gmail (dot) com

Warragul Home Educators (West Gippsland) Warragul and Surrounding areas
Meet 3rd Friday of the month at Rokeby Hall. Also organised picnics, excursions and activities.
Contact: Catherine Durant
Phone: 0402 410 897

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
Phone: 0438556127

Western Suburbs: ‘Home education in Melbourne’s West
Meets Wednesdays at 1pm, usually at Brimbank Park. Can vary. Check Facebook for details
Facebook

Whitehorse Home Educators
(Burwood, Box Hill, Blackburn etc)
Facebook

Wimmera Home Education Group (HEN)
Aims to gather monthly in a place in the Wimmera area.
Contact: Ginny (Warracknabeal)
Email: clarkspark@aussiebroadband.com.au

Wyndham Creative Learners – 8yo – 15yo
This friendly group meets fortnightly on Fridays in Werribee South for improvised drama class (one hour in mornings) and craft class (two hours in afternoon). Improvised drama is pitched at both beginners (including those who may be a bit nervous) to more experienced thespians. Craft teaches new skills such as shibori dyeing, glass painting, polymer clay, soy candle making and more. Classes book up fast (particularly craft), and spaces are limited, so contact Nicci on WyndhamCreative at outlook.com to check on spaces for the term ahead.

Yarra Glen Group (HEN)
Meets fortnightly on a Tuesday afternoon, 12.00pm (midday) 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.
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

 

INTERSTATE CONTACTS

TASMANIA

Hobart Home Educators
Meet twice a week (Wednesday and Fridays). All are welcome to join at any time, contact for a list of meeting places.
Contact: Sara
Email: sara_mark (at) bigpond (dot) com

Taroona
Meet every Thursday from 10.30-3pm.
Contact: Lauren Carter
Email: owletmama (at) gmail (dot) com
See also the HEA Tas contacts page

Tasmanian Home Education Network (THEN)

Facebook

Email: lyndacarlo (at) bigpond (dot) com

NSW & ACT

Bega Valley Natural Learners Group
Contact: Kim Houssenloge
Phone: +61 2 6492 4727
Mobile: 0415 324 044
Email: kim.featherandnest (at) gmail (dot) com

Narrabri Homeschool Group
Contact: Natalie Cameron Phone: +61 2 6794 4552

Armidale and New England Home Educators (facebook)

HENCAST (Home Education Network of Canberra and Southern Tablelands 
//www.hencast.org.au
Contact: secretary@hencast.org.au

HENCAST
PO Box 590
Belconnen ACT 2616

Homeschool Griffith and Beyond – facebook

Sydney Home Education Network

 

See also the HEA NSW and ACT contact pages

SOUTH AUSTRALIA

Mt Gambier
Contact: Charlene Bachmann  Phone: +61 3 5584 7333

HEASA Noticeboard (facebook)

See also the HEA SA contacts page

QUEENSLAND

North Queensland Homeschoolers //australiannorthqldhomeschool.weebly.com/index.html

Homeschooling in Queensland facebook

Tablelands Home Education (THE)
Weekly meetups at various location across the Atherton Tablelands, Far North Queensland.  Blog: tablelandshomeed.blogspot.com.au
Facebook
Email: tablelandshomeed (at) gmail (dot) com

Townsville Group
Contact: Allira
Email: nqhomeschool (at) live (dot) com
Website: australiannorthqldhomeschool.weebly.com

See also the HEA Qld contacts page

WESTERN AUSTRALIA

Home Education WA
(Formerly Home Based Learning Network)
P.O Box 1356, Subiaco WA 6008
Website: www.hbln.org.au
Phone: 0422 264 822
Facebook

HENS, Albany WA.
Contact: Natalie Reeve
Email: regency (at) omninet (dot) net (dot) au

Homeschool WA (facebook)

See also the HEA WA contacts page

NORTHERN TERRITORY

Home Education in the Northern Territory
Facebook page

AUSTRALIA WIDE

Australian Defence Force Homeschooling Families (facebook)

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.

Minecraft Homeschoolers (facebook)

Muslim Home Education

Travelling Australia with Kids (facebook group)

Unschooling.com Unschooling.com has an extensive website of essays and articles, as well as a number of discussion boards.
Website: www.unschooling.com

Dyslexia Homeschool Australia (facebook)

REGULAR CLASSES YOU MAY BE INTERESTED IN. Further classes on the calendar.

Home Ed Sports & Games class

A fun and relaxed home education sport/games group – runs every Friday at the Nunawading Scout Hall (except during school holidays).
A typical session may include a circuit warm up, scarecrow tiggy, octopus, long jump, a relay or egg and spoon race and cricket/bowling/basketball (varies each week). Kate is fantastic with the kids, very encouraging and understanding. She places emphasis on teamwork and skills rather than winning or losing. A very friendly and inclusive environment, no pressure on the kids to do anything they don’t feel up to doing and lots of fun.
Friday 2 -3pm – Primary aged class
Friday 1-2pm – Teen girls’ class
$12 per class, pay by the term
First class free for new families.
1 Mark Place Nunawading
For more details contact Kate: 0400 086 586 or katefit123@gmail.com

Natured Kids

Outdoor Playgroups and Junior Landcare group
Mission: To inspire lifelong connections with nature through play, education and exploration.

Natured Kids playgroup:
Pre-school aged group for 0-6 year olds
Meet on a Tuesday or a Wednesday for an outdoor environmental nature-based session from 9.30-10.30am followed by time for outdoor free-play. Sessions are at a different location each week in and around Frankston and on the Mornington Peninsula.

Natured Kids Junior Landcare Group:
School aged group for 4-14 year olds
Meet each Tuesday from 11-1pm to participate in environmental sessions providing leadership opportunities for children to connect with, contribute to and care for the natural environment.
Sessions located at a different location each week in and around Frankston and on the Mornington Peninsula.

See https://www.facebook.com/NaturedKids/ for recent projects or instagram.com/naturedkids and can email oaks@bigpond.net.au for an upcoming timetable if keen to link in.
Contact: Narelle Debenham.
www.naturedkids.com
Phone: 0431791379
* $ Cost per child to participate, available upon application