Information

The 2017 Education and Training Reform Regulations have now been ‘made’ and are due to come into effect in Jan 2018.
HEN is campaigning against these regulations. Although the government has refused to alter them, they can still be changed two ways:

  • Disallowance through the Legislative Council – the Liberal Nationals have given notice of a disallowance motion which will be debated on Wednesday 23 Aug. The Liberals media release is available here.   The motion requires sufficient support from cross-benchers for it to succeed. Details on lobbying are below. This is our best chance.
  • Disallowance through the Scrutiny of Acts and Regulations Committee (SARC) – This can be done but only on technical grounds i.e. if the Regulations can be demonstrated to contravene The Education Act itself, the Victorian Human Rights Charter or any other Victorian Act.

Below you’ll find links to information and resources so that you can help with the campaign.

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Come to the Debate Wednesday 23 August

The Disallowance Motion will be debated in the morning session of parliament.
There will be a quiet demonstration on the steps as the pollies arrive for the day (9 am) – arrive 8.45 am to take part.
To see the disallowance motion debated, be there at 9.45 to get through security and attend the Legislative Council gallery. Kids can come but quiet is required and large bags need to be checked in at the foyer. More details on visiting parliament here and you can phone parliament staff with any access questions etc.

Last Petition

Our online petition to the Legislative Council (launched 18/8) can be signed by any resident of Victoria (child or adult) even if you signed the earlier petition.

Government information

Releasing the Draft

Draft regulations were released just before Christmas and public submissions closed end February. Of the 565 submissions made, over 500 were by home educators. The issues raised in these submissions have been ‘noted’ and no changes have been made before finalising the regulations which have now been ‘made’.

Regulations finalised

HEN information

Call/email/visit your MLC by Tuesday 22 August

We need to make ourselves heard.

Not sure what to say?
Whether you are visiting or writing, here’s a simple format for you:

1. Explain that you are a home educator contacting them about the Education and Training Reform Regulations
2. State what your concerns are/how the proposed regulations are a problem.
3. State what you would like done, this varies according to which party your MP is in as follows:

  • ALP : Request they work within the party to advocate for the regulations to be amended.
  • LIBERAL/NATIONAL/CONSERVATIVE MLCS: will move to disallow the regulations. Thank them for their party’s support of home education and commitment to disallow the regulations, then briefly outline your own concerns around the regulations – especially any personal story that might assist with their speaking notes for the debate.
  • CROSS-BENCH MLC (ie. Greens, Shooters & Fishers, Sex Party and Vote1 Jobs): Ask them to support this disallowance motion briefly outline your own concerns around the regulations – especially any personal story that might assist with their speaking notes for the debate.

You should include your address or mention that you are their constituent.

For more info start on page 4 of the Advocacy Pack

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 Points you may wish to mention

  • Address the problems you see in the regulations and RIS
  • The issue of parent suitability for homeschool and what criteria will be used to determine ‘appropriateness’
  • The concept of tailoring learning ‘as you go’ as opposed to putting together a plan for a whole year of instruction
  • Interpreting home education in the light of school-based learning (i.e. such as ‘learning plans’ and ‘recording learning outcomes’ which the schools do because they can’t keep track of who knows what!)
  • Contrasting parental instruction with teachers as ‘professionals’ etc
  • There is no evidence that home education is not working, if the department lack data, a research project would address that problem. Blindly implementing regulations won’t supply them with data, the RIS even admits this by proposing that a research project be done in future – why has it not been done to inform these regulations?
  • The regulations don’t set the criteria for home education registration, instead handing it to the VRQA, despite the fact all other educational spheres have their criteria set in the regulations. This lacks transparency as well as it being poor practice to hand unlimited power to an Authority.

Resources

Projects

  • Alumni Videos – in a 30 -60 second video tell us who you are and what you are doing these days
  • Our Alumni Survey is ongoing and will be used to create an updated version of our Alumni Handbook

Digital banners etc

Home Education Research & Facts

University Entrance

  • Some American universities actively recruit home educated kids.
  • Anecdotal feedback from Australian universities is also good but we don’t have anything in writing from them.
  • Our alumni survey results illustrate that home ed students move on to further education and careers.

Misc

  • Article 26 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights states that “Parents have a prior right to choose the kind of education that shall be given to their children.”
  • It is a principle of The Education and Training Reform Act 2006 that “parents have the right to choose an appropriate education for their child.” (1.2.1d)

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Home Education is Different and its More
Schooling is not the only form of Education
Attendance does not equal Education

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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”   […]
June 20, 2017

Home education regulations unjustified

By Sue Wight 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 […]
June 20, 2017

Context for the existing regulations

By Sue Wight 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 […]
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

By Sue Wight 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 […]