What If We're Not Registered Homeschoolers?
© Beverley Paine
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"What happens if the officials find out that you are not registered, am I looking at a fine or something?"
In South Australia when families who are not registered finally decide to register they simply register. In my two decades of homeschooling experience I have not heard of anyone being fined.
In most cases the registration process is a lot easier than those who register when they first begin to home educate, as they have already accumulated considerable 'evidence' that the children are learning well at home (provided the family has been keeping some kind of records of the learning journey). They are also a lot more confident that homeschooling works and in their own ability to teach their children at home.
Refusal to register is usually followed up with threats of legal action. In some states this is often all that happens, usually because it's either too much trouble to chase anything other than abuse cases, or because the authority knows that the law is not clear enough to support their case.
It is best to talk to local homeschoolers about the legal requirements in your state. You can do this by contacting either the Home Education Association http://hea.asn.au (they have a list of contacts on their website) or your state homeschool organisation.
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