Preparing a learning plan

What is a learning plan?

Parents must submit a learning plan with their application for registration. This is a document outlining how you will address the learning areas within the home learning environment.​

For information about the learning areas, see:

A learning plan specifies when and where instruction will take place and the subject matter that will be covered during the initial period of registration.

You must include details of any educational materials and resources, as well as how you will record your child's learning outcomes.

The learning plan does not have to be overly long or detailed, but it must be in English. You can write it in your own way or use one of our templates.

Please make it clear if you intend to apply for an exemption or intend for your child to attend school for one or more learning areas.

Here are some tips for completing your child's learning plan.

Describe when and where instruction will take place

When refers to the general learning schedule. For example, will the instruction and learning take place on weekdays?

When does not mean that you have to account for each hour, each day, each week or even each month.

Where means the location in which the instruction will take place throughout the year. For example, home, specialist locations such as a museum, library, swimming pool, or at a school through a partial enrolment arrangement.

Where does not mean you must list every location you plan to use during the year.

Outline the subject matter you will cover

List the subject matter that you will cover under each learning area, taking into consideration:

  • What skills do my child and I want to develop in each learning area?
  • How are we going to build these skills (what is the approach we will take)?
  • What activities will we use to achieve this?

You may describe the content and topics you intend to cover in each learning area.

For example:


  • Space and solar systems — black holes and planets
  • States of matter — solids and liquids and the influence of heat
  • Biology and the life cycles of different living things

The Arts

  • Music — clarinet composition, theory and practice
  • Visual arts — pencil shading, anime, still life
  • Dance — ballet, creative dance

And/or you may describe the skills and activities you intend on using that address each learning area.

For example:


  • Exploring black holes and making models of planets
  • Heating and freezing solids to explore the ​states of matter
  • Researching and drawing the life cycles of different insects

The Arts

  • Playing the clarinet and learning to read music
  • Watching anime and drawing characters
  • Attending creative dance classes and participating in dance school

Outline the materials and resources you will use

List the materials and resources you will be using for each learning area, such as online resources, hard copy texts, other media, materials and equipment, or partial enrolment. This list can be indicative, not exhaustive.

Describe how you will record the learning outcomes

Describe how you will record your child'​s learning outcomes. Examples include a diary or learning journal, annotated work samples, tests such as NAPLAN, or creative products that may be displayed, performed or recorded.​