In South Australia compulsory school aged children, must be enrolled in and attend a school.
Parents or guardians can take the legal responsibility to educate their children at home.
There is no formal provision for home education, however a student can be exempted from the attending a school by the Minister for Education.
Before you can apply to home school your child, you must meet the following requirements:
Parents who want to home educate must enrol their child at a school and then apply for an exemption from attendance.
For an application pack, please contact the Home Education Unit via email at DECD.HomeEducation@sa.gov.au with your:
You will need to show evidence of your ability to provide:
Information about the eight learning areas of the Australian Curriculum which need to be addressed can be found at www.australiancurriculum.edu.au.
The Australian Curriculum should be modified and adapted for students with learning difficulties and special needs.
Complete the application form and sign it. Attach the supporting documentation and mail it to:
Manager, Home Education
Office for Education
Level 6 Education Centre
GPO Box 1152
Adelaide SA 5000
Once we have received your application a Home Education Officer will contact you to arrange a home visit to discuss and assess your application.
Students need to be present during the home visit.
The Home Education Office aims to arrange the home visit within four weeks of receiving your application. If you live in a rural or remote location this may take longer.
In the interim, you can request a four-week temporary exemption from the principal of your school.
Following the home visit the Home Education Officer will provide a written report and recommendation to the Director, Systems Improvement for approval.
If your application is successful, an exemption of around 12 months is usually granted.
An annual review is required to monitor educational development and renew exemptions.
If you are seeking a distance education program through the Open Access College (OAC), please check whether your child meets the OAC enrolment criteria.
If your child cannot access school due to medical issues, your school will need to make a referral to OAC.
If considering a SACE pathway for senior secondary-age students (16+ years), please note that only formal educational institutions such as schools, TAFE, and colleges can provide this pathway.
For further enquiries, contact the Manager Home Education on 8226 1327 or email at DECD.HomeEducation@sa.gov.au.
Please note the best time to call is on a Monday or Friday as Home Education Officers generally conduct home visits from Tuesday to Thursday.