Homeschooling is alive and well in Australia and New Zealand. Initially, homeschooling made it possible for children in remote areas to be education. Now families may choose to homeschool for any number of reasons.
Homeschooling in Australia
Australia: There are between 15,000 and 20,000 homeschoolers in the country, according to reports from different educational agencies. Homeschoolers have access to public homeschooling programs as well as private. Some of the private programs available are Australian Christian Academy, Swan Christian College Online, and Yea High School. Unschooling is also popular in Australia.
Australia has three homeschool associations. They are the Home Education Association Inc. (HEA), the Tasmanian Home Education Advisory Council, and Home Education Victoria also known as Alternative Education Resource Group (AERG) and Home Education Network. (HEN) Australian homeschoolers have access to many other online resources, like support groups and legal assistance. Australia also has its very own Homeschool Legal Defense Association.
Homeschooling in New Zealand
New Zealand: Homeschooling is legal as long as families register with the Ministry of Education. They may be visited at any time by a school official to make sure children are learning as they would in school. It 1966 is estimated that there were 7,000 home schooled children. The number is likely to be much higher now.
New Zealand homeschoolers have access to two major associations, which are The Home Education Foundations and The National Council of Home Educators of New Zealand. There are also several legal organizations and well as many support groups and online resources.