You may be wondering what the mid-cycle review is and what it means for you. Here’s the lowdown.
The laws that govern home education in Victoria are the Education and Training Reform Act 2006 (ETRA) and the Education and Training Reform Regulations 2017 (ETRR).
The ETRA requires home educators to register with the VRQA and comply with the regulations. Sounds simple enough? Sure, but it means it’s essential that the regulations are reasonable and implemented in a way that respects the way home education works.
HEN’s campaign around the introduction of the current ETRR resulted in the formation of the Victorian Home Education Advisory Committee (VHEAC) which includes six elected home educators (plus a disability advocate and home ed researcher) who advise the government on home education. The remainder of VHEAC is made up of staff from the Department of Education and Training (DET) and the Victorian Registration and Qualifications Authority (VRQA).
Through VHEAC, your home education representatives have worked continuously to represent you, and ensure a reasonable legal regime continues. This work has involved significant input into the expectations around learning plans and reviews.
Originally slated to end in mid-2019, VHEAC has proven so useful that it continues to this day.
All regulations expire after 10 years and can also be subject to a mid-cycle review. The home education aspect of these regulations is subject is now undergoing mid-cycle review as was foreshadowed in the Regulatory Impact Statement (RIS) which accompanied the release of the regulations:
Your home ed reps are currently involved in this process. Home educators have never had this type of input before.
The VHEAC Terms of Reference state that only official communiques of meetings may be published and we know they are frustratingly brief. What we can tell you is that it proving a collaborative process and we are happy with the progress.
HEN has a long and proud history of standing up for home education in Victoria, and the current work through VHEAC is the next stage of that work.
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