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Home schooling in NSW

Under the Education Act 1990 home schooling is education delivered in a child’s home by a parent or guardian.

Home schooling allows a parent or guardian to integrate the NSW curriculum with the learning processes that occur naturally in the home throughout a child's development.

Parents or guardians who are home schooling a child are responsible for developing and implementing their child's educational program and assessing their child's program. Registration with the Board of Studies, Teaching and Educational Standards NSW (BOSTES) is a legal requirement for home schooling while a child is of compulsory school age and not enrolled in a school. It is open to parents to apply for home schooling registration for children over 17 up to the age of 18 years.

The Registration for Home Schooling in NSW – Information Package provides further information about home schooling and may help to decide if this form of education is appropriate for you and your child.

Registration for Home Schooling in NSW – Information Package (PDF)
Updated August 2013
Information package questions and answers
Updated November 2014

Home schooling registration - application forms

To apply for or renew registration for home schooling, complete the appropriate form below and return it to the Home Schooling Unit at the BOSTES.

Form 1
Application for Initial Registration (or Exemption from Registration) for Home Schooling (PDF)
Form 2
Application for Renewal of Registration (or Exemption from Registration) for Home Schooling (PDF)
Form 3
Application for Certification of Completion of Year 10 (PDF)
Home Schooling Unit
Phone: 02 9367 8149
PO Box 5300, Sydney, NSW 2001

NAPLAN 2017 – Information for Home Schoolers

Children who are registered for home schooling are eligible to participate in the National Assessment Program Literacy and Numeracy (NAPLAN) testing program.

The 2017 NAPLAN tests will be administered from 22 May 2017.

For students in Years 3 and 5 there are four tests covering numeracy, reading, writing and language conventions (spelling, punctuation and grammar).

For students in Years 7 and 9, there are five tests including two tests in numeracy.

To participate in the tests, home schoolers must submit a NAPLAN registration form to the Board of Studies, Teaching and Educational Standards NSW.

For enquiries and to obtain a copy of the registration form, please contact Teresa Elliott, Senior Administrative Officer, on telephone 02 9367 8112 or email naplan.nsw@bostes.nsw.edu.au.

The closing date for receipt of NAPLAN registration forms is Friday 24 February 2017.

Authorised Persons Handbook

The Authorised Persons Handbook provides guidance for Authorised Persons in relation to assessing applications for home schooling.

Consultation Report

In 2014, the NSW legislative Council Inquiry into Home Schooling recommended that the Information Package be reviewed in consultation with stakeholders. The Government endorsed this recommendation.

During May and June 2016, the first phase of the consultation process was conducted with qualitative and quantitative feedback gathered through an online survey, consultation meetings across NSW and other written and verbal feedback provided to the BOSTES.

The following Consultation Report: Review of the Registration for Home Schooling in NSW – Information Package reports on the feedback from the consultation.

Consultation Report (PDF)

Writing Brief

Based on the feedback and directions identified in in the Consultation Report, a draft Writing Brief was developed. Following a meeting of the Home Schooling Consultative Group on 14 October 2016, the Writing Brief was finalised and the process of drafting a revised Information Package has commenced.

Read about the consultation process for the revision of the 2013 Registration for Home Schooling in NSW Information Package.

Writing Brief

Smart and Skilled

The NSW Government's ‘Smart and Skilled’ initiative provides subsidies for participation in vocational education and training. Registered home schooled students who are over 15 years of age may be eligible for Smart and Skilled subsidies.

For more information visit smartandskilled.nsw.gov.au, phone 1300 772 104 or email smartandskilled.enquiries@industry.nsw.gov.au.

Home Schooling Consultative Group

BOSTES NSW has established the Home Schooling Consultative Group with members including home schooling representatives. Read more about the Home Schooling Consultative Group.

View Home Schooling data

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