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
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.
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’.
- 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 available on their site
- 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 Minister’s media release on the regulations ‘decision’
- Statement of Reasons (for ignoring everything we said)
- Fact Sheet
- Regulations as made on 25 June
- The process of regulations
- FAQ about the Draft Regulations
- Why home educators have cause for concern.
- Regulations media attention
- The Minister’s media release for tabling the regulations and our response
- See the legal section of our blog for relevant articles and updates
- Privacy Breach Report
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
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.
- The requirements under the Education Act 2006 and 2007 Regulations relevant excerpts are here.
- Deakin Law Professor, Ben Saunders’ analysis of the draft regulations.
- What supporters can do
- Hands off Home Ed bumperstickers 1 HERE for $3.50 or 5 for $6 HERE
- 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
- 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.
- 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 illustrate that 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.”
- 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)
Number of Victorian Home Educators and Kids
Use our Hashtags to spread relevant posts
Hands Off Home Education
Home Education is Different and its More
Schooling is not the only form of Education
Attendance does not equal Education
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