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Hear Our Voices: HOVA Help Homeschoolers Get Their Message To Parliament
A Parliamentary Inquiry into Home Schooling in NSW is currently underway and is seeking submissions regarding the regulations affecting homeschoolers and homeschooling in NSW.
For homeschoolers who have chosen not to register under the current NSW system, and who prefer to make submissions anonymously, a team of Australian homeschoolers has formed HEAR OUR VOICES, AUSTRALIA (HOVA). HOVA will provide a way for unregistered or registered homeschoolers anywhere in Australia to have their stories and viewpoints put before the Inquiry anonymously.
You DO NOT have to provide your name, address or any other identifying details to HOVA in your submission, only the STATE in which you live. Anyone under 18 making a submission, please indicate so in your submission.
HOVA will be making a submission for a freeing up of the current onerous registration requirements in NSW. If you would like your voice in support of less onerous regulation of homeschoolers to be heard, please make a submission either to the Inquiry directly or through HOVA. As State governments look to each other's regulations to inform their own policymaking, HOVA believe a national focus for responses to the Inquiry is important.
All individual submissions accepted will be included in HOVA's submission as case studies, uncensored and in their entirety, so please remove any identifying details which you do not wish to be included in your submission.
Submissions can be very brief or detailed, but it is useful to consider the Inquiry's Terms of Reference in your submission. Please see this link for details: http://www.parliament.nsw.gov.au/homeschooling
Email submissions to HOVA by TUESDAY 5TH AUGUST 2014 at: firstname.lastname@example.org
For further information please visit the HOVA site on: www.facebook.com/hovasubmissions
Please note, submissions which include a name and contact details may be made direct to the Inquiry. For info see: http://www.parliament.nsw.gov.au/homeschooling
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