Homeschooling in New South Wales (& Homeschool Groups in NSW)

Homeschooling in NSW has been growing dramatically in the last decade. It has become widespread in New South Wales and Queensland. COVID has also seen an unprecedented increase in homeschool registrations as parents realize they can take on the education of their children themselves. This article will discuss registration and finding a homeschool group in NSW.

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I hope you enjoy reading this blog post. If you want to do my course on how to homeschool, click here.

How Do I Register to Homeschool in NSW?

Registering to homeschool in NSW is done through the NSW Education Standards Website (NESA). It can take a while to get an answer back. The current waiting time is 12 weeks!

Although you’re legally supposed to keep your kids in school until you get formal approval to homeschool in NSW, most parents withdraw their children during this period without a problem (except perhaps for a bit of heat from the school).

You can register for homeschooling in NSW on the NESA website.
You can register for homeschooling in NSW on the NESA website.

“I haven’t Got Formal Approval to Homeschool Yet, and I’m Nervous!”

Perhaps you’re thinking the police are going to come and knock down your door for not going to school without a formal homeschool registration.

That will not happen.

However, you may get a bit of heat from your school about home education. The best way to reduce this heat is to show them you are in the process of registering for homeschooling in NSW. You can do this by emailing them that your application has been received and is being processed.

In the meantime, you can start deschooling your children and looking into how to homeschool, including choosing a homeschool method and curriculum. You can get started by doing my free homeschool quiz here.

Most homeschool applications will be approved, so don’t panic.

I have not heard of a homeschool application being rejected. I’m sure it does happen. But I wanted to assure you it is very uncommon.

What are the Requirements for Homeschooling in NSW

These guidelines can be found here.

The process looks SCARY. But it’s not. Don’t be put off. Instead, go to a homeschool friend of yours (or make one) and ask them what registering looked like.

In reality, it’s a lot easier than it looks!

Where Do I Find a Homeschool Parent to Chat To?

The best way to do this is to go through Facebook Groups (see the section on Facebook groups with direct links below).

When you’ve got into a group around your area, ask the questions you have on the forums. (There’s a special NSW Homeschooling Network Support Group you might find helpful.)

These sorts of questions (about the requirements for homeschooling in NSW) appear constantly, and other homeschool mothers are only too keen to help out.

Finding a Homeschool group in NSW
The best way to find a Homeschool group in NSW is to go to Facebook. You can also look for groups closer to where you live by typing in ‘Homeschool group in [your area]’.

What Will My Homeschool Inspection be Like

You may either do your homeschool inspection in person or by video conference. Video conferencing has been preferred during COVID times).

How Long Can I Be Registered for Homeschooling in NSW For?

Registration is either given for one year or two years. You generally get a one-year registration if you’re new to homeschooling and you’ve just registered. Renewed registrations often come with a two-year term.

Homeschool Groups NSW

If you’re in Sydney, please see the page Homeschooling in Sydney (& Sydney Homeschool Groups)

SHEN – Sydney and NSW Home Education Network

  • ‘This page is a complement to the SHEN website – www.shen.org.au. The purpose of SHEN is to facilitate communication and interaction amongst home educators and to make it easier to organize events for our children. SHEN members can view details and book into SHEN events through the website. This page is for posting about events across NSW for home educating families and discussion about homeschooling in NSW.’

Home Education Information Workshops – NSW

  • ‘If you want to learn about home education, come and join a Home Education Information Workshop or casual get-together. Delivered by a group of veteran homeschool mums, you can ask questions and become informed about beginning. Gather a group around you, and we’ll look for a central location and time to schedule an Information Session.’

Hunter Homeschooling NSW – Diverse Learners

  • This NSW homeschooling group doesn’t have a Facebook description.

Homeschool in NSW with this great information on registration and homeschool groups.

Homeschooling Australia NSW Kids Club.

  • ‘This is an information page for homeschoolers and events, meet up with others, make friends and have kid time……lots of stuff for fun, learning, online courses, and apps.’

NSW Home Educators

  • ‘The NSW Home Educators was established in recognition that Home Educators in NSW need to work together to improve the systems and processes regulating home education. We are an informal group of parents who wish to exchange ideas and coordinate action supporting Home Education in NSW. ‘
  • ‘VISION: Home Education is recognized as a viable and valued alternative to school-based education in NSW. ‘
  • ‘MISSION: To advocate for a Legislative and Policy framework which supports the Home Education movement in NSW.’
  • ‘STRATEGIES: 1. Raise awareness of current local and global issues and trends 2. Encourage discussion amongst the Home Educator community 3. Advocate for systemic changes to improve outcomes for Home Educated children’

Hunter Homeschooling NSW – Diverse Learners

  • ​This NSW homeschooling group doesn’t have a decent Facebook description.

Homeschooling Central Coast NSW

  • This NSW homeschooling group doesn’t have a Facebook description.

NSW Homeschooled Teens

  • ‘A place where homeschooled teens in NSW can chat :)’

Homeschool NSW

  • This NSW homeschooling group doesn’t have a Facebook description.

NSW Homeschooling groups

Northern Rivers NSW Homeschool Group

  • ‘Northern Rivers NSW Homeschool Group is for all homeschoolers living in Northern NSW – a place to share events ideas and chat about homeschooling. Anyone can join, but events will mostly be limited to Northern NSW.’

Homeschool Groups: PenrithBegaGoulburn,

Grafton and Coffs Harbour groups.

Blue Mountains: Katoomba, Mount Victoria, Springwood, and Blackheath.

Hunter Valley: 

Illawarra Homeschoolers

Southern Highlands. This Link covers the following towns:

  • Bowral,
  • Mittagong
  • ​and Moss Vale

Conclusion: Homeschooling Australia NSW

Social groups are a great idea if you plan to educate your children at home. These NSW homeschooling groups will give you a great avenue to have fun socially and make friends easily. If you’d like some more information on how to find a homeschooling group closer to your specific area, check out Homeschooling groups in Australia or watch the video above.

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Rebecca Devitt

Most adults don't particularly want to relive their schooling experience on a daily basis. They would gladly move on to a new life devoid of homework and teachers. Very, very few adults will passionately blog about their schooling some 15 years after graduating. This makes Rebecca Devitt somewhat unique. As it happens, she was homeschooled. And she loved it. Still does. And she wishes every kid could get a taste of homeschooling at its very best. Her website How Do I Homeschool, is a springboard for parents to see what a life of homeschooling could be for both them & their children. When she's not blogging Rebecca is still homeschooling her-adult-self by learning Latin, growing weird vegetables and most importantly looking after her two children Luke & Penny. She has a husband Tristan and is a participant at Wollongong Baptist Church. She's also written a book about why parents should homeschool called 'Why on Earth Homeschool'.

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