- Draft Regulations (pages 30-33 cover home education)
- The Regulatory Impact Statement (RIS) (home education is on pages 21-44 but the pp 6-20 are also relevant)
- Department information on the review and submissions is at
note that clicking on this last link may give a privacy error but if you copy and paste it into your browser (or manually change https to http), it will work.
- The government media release claims the proposed regs will ensure home ed students receive a better education. HEN disagrees; see our earliest media release.
- The process of regulations
- FAQ about the Draft Regulations
- Why home educators have cause for concern.
- Cover letter for Advocacy Pack
- HEN’s Advocacy Pack – your tool kit to resist the regulations
- Advertisement (pictured below) – print off and find a noticeboard – PDF, JPG
- You should also be aware of the current law – the relevant excerpts from the Act and 2007 Regulations are here.
- Deakin Law Professor, Ben Saunders has supplied his analysis of the draft regulations.
- What supporters can do
- Hands off Home Ed bumperstickers 1 HERE for $3.50 or 5 for $6 HERE
Lobbying is important
We need to make ourselves heard.
You should visit or write to your MLA and MLCs as well as the Minister for Education and the Shadow Minister.
Not sure what to say to your MP?
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 Draft Education Regulations
2. State what your concerns are/how the proposed regulations are a problem.
3. Say what you would like them to do about it.
For 3, we recommend you ask:
- ALP MLAs and MLCs: Request they work within the party to advocate for the regulations to be properly reconsidered following the public submissions.
- OPPOSITION/CROSS-BENCH MLC: Request that they/their party move to disallow the regulations.
- OPPOSITION/CROSS-BENCH MLA: Request that they advocate within the party for the regulations to be disallowed in the Legislative Assembly.
In letters you should include your return address both for a response and in order to establish that you are their constituent (Note: MPs are obliged to answer their own constituents, but not other members of the public). If you are emailing, make sure to mention that you are their constituent.
Reminder: the most effective contact is a visit, followed by a phone call, snail-mail letter, or, if an email is all you have time for, do that.
See the Advocacy Pack for more details.
You should make a submission to DET (it need not be daunting). Submissions close 5pm 28 Feb
and can be made by email (as an attachment) to firstname.lastname@example.org
Department of Education and Training
See the Advocacy Pack for more details.It should address the problems you see in the regulations and RIS and you can also offer solutions/suggestions, examples include:
- 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!)
- The issue of home-ed resources (the notion of parents ‘not having access to resources they need)
- Contrasting parental instruction with teachers as ‘professionals’ etc
You can also make a submission to the Scrutiny of Acts and Regulations Committee (SARC). This is a multi-party committee of MPs who will examine the regulations in detail to check they comply with the Human Rights Charter, don’t extend beyond the Act etc. They can recommend dis-allowance of the Regulations, on technical but not policy issues.
SARC submission should be directed to:
The Hon Lizzie Blandthorn MP
Scrutiny of Acts and Regulations Committee
Parliament House, Spring Street
EAST MELBOURNE VIC 3002
OR when you email your submission to the DET, also send it to email@example.com AND cc firstname.lastname@example.org marked ‘for the attention of SARC’.
Highlight all the gaping holes in the RIS if you can (e.g. Human Rights, lack of consultation, beyond the scope of the review).
Points you may wish to mention
See the Advocacy Pack for more suggestions, but you may wish to mention these issues:
- 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.
- The regulations require parents to write a plan and are then are reviewed against that plan. If the purpose of the legislation is to tell the department how well the home-educated child is doing, this regulation does not do that but only tells how well the parents followed the plan.
- Alumni Videos – in a 30 -60 second video tell us who you are and what you are doing these days
- Alumni Survey will be used to create a booklet
- Homes 4 Home Ed 30/1/2017 a group of home educators delivered cardboard houses to the Minister demonstrating the variety and creativity in what kids learn in home education. If you have not yet done so you can still send your houses to him.
- Home Ed Flash Mob 26/2/2017
There are THREE petitions you can sign to help oppose the Victorian Draft Education Regulations
Please distribute them widely through your networks. If three petitions are too many, the Legislative Council one is the most important. You can use coloured paper to make the two paper petitions easy to keep track of if you wish (green for Legislative Council, pink for Legislative Assembly) but white is fine too.
- Legislative Council petition, which can ONLY be signed by VICTORIAN residents. This will be tabled in the Victorian Legislative Council (Upper House). Please note that this HAS to be a paper petition, so we need everyone to print it out and get it signed. This petition is really important. Please follow the instructions on the cover page so we don’t invalidate the petition.
- Legislative Assembly petition which can ONLY be signed by VICTORIAN residents. With the ALP in control of this house, we know they won’t act on this petition, but an MP has recommended we do it anyway on the basis that petitions are read out in the House at a time when it is well attended and it is just another avenue to keep the issue in the minds of the MPs.
- Change.org petition, which can be signed by ANYONE, ANYWHERE – they don’t have to be Victorian. It will be going to the Minister and Shadow Minister for Education, Hon James Merlino MP and Hon Nick Wakeling MP. At the bottom of the description page is a link to the paper petition, you can draw people’s attention to that too if they live in Victoria.
Digital banners etc
Home Education Research & Facts
- The Australian Literature Review lists all the Australian research to date.
- Fundamental Elements in Examining a Child’s Right to Education: A Study of Home Education Research and Regulation in Australia
- Australian Research on Home Education: And How It Can Inform Legislation and Regulation (August 2014): “There have been no significant research studies in Australia on the academic outcomes of home educated students. Because of the often hidden nature of the home educating community, standardised testing has not been a viable option to discover how home educating students perform. However, many of the research projects found these students generally had no difficulty making the transition into mainstream educational institutions, and that many of these students achieved results equal to or above average to their mainstream peers.”
- Heard about the NAPLAN study done by the NSW Board of Studies that showed home educators equalled or did better than schooled kids? it is online here and Jeanie has written an analysis for the Feb Otherways which will be posted online when available.
- HEN survey stats 2015 & HEN survey stats 2016
- Research consistently shows that 25% of home educated students have special needs.
- School funding information for Victoria – DET’s figures primary school child: $12129 Secondary school child $15,416 plus school retention rates, class sizes etc
- 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 are currently being collated and illustrate the home ed students move on to further education and careers
- 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.”
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