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Home schooling information package and registration

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 NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA) 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.

Download the Registration for Home Schooling in NSW – Information Package (PDF) (updated August 2013).

Read the Information package questions and answers.

Home schooling registration  application forms

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

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

Support information

The following support information may assist home schooling parents.

Consultation on draft ‘Guidelines for Home Schooling Registration in NSW’

The consultation process in relation to draft Guidelines for Home Schooling Registration in NSW (‘the draft Guidelines’) concluded on 11 April 2017. Feedback from the consultation will be now considered with the view to finalising the Guidelines for publication later in 2017.

View the draft Guidelines here.

A report will be published to summarise the feedback received from the consultation process.

Development of the draft Guidelines was guided by the Writing Brief as published on the NESA website.

If you have any questions about the consultation process, please contact the Home Schooling Unit by email via or by telephone 02 9367 8149.

Authorised Persons Handbook

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

Consultation Report on the Registration for Home Schooling in NSW – Information Package

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 then BOSTES.

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

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.

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 phone 1300 772 104 or email

Home Schooling Consultative Group

NESA NSW has established the Home Schooling Consultative Group with members including home schooling representatives.

Home Schooling data

View Home Schooling data PDF (384KB, 13 pages)

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