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    Default Any financial Assistance for Homeschooling?

    Is there any financial assistance for people who choose to home school?

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    do you have to do it because your son has some kind of reason he cant currently go to main****** school? I have a friend (she is online here occasionally.. maybe she is lurking... ) whose daughter has a particular disability and she gets carers payment and home schools.. im really not sure though. i dont think there is a specific payment?

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    We are considering travelling around Australia in the next couple of years for 6-12months.

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    I don't think so.

    That's one of the main reasons we're not going to homeschool.

    Financially it's just not possible.

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    You don't get any specific benefits or financial assistance for homeschooling but you do get the same entitlements as a schooled child, ie that FTB A & B plus that rebate (sorry I forget the name) for educational stuff you buy for the child. Also I have heard of single mothers that haven't had to do the activity test (ie go back to work) if they were registered as homeschooling their children.
    I have also heard of families obtaining CCB for after school or before school care, which was for when the child needed occasional care for a part time working but full time homeschooling parent.

    We don't get any extra financial assistance but we are saving lots of money, as you can educate your child without spending a lot - there are lots of free resources online and IRL, however there is the loss of income of the main hsing parent which may make it unsustainable for some families. In our case, it wasn't worth me working f/t to pay for school fees, when I could work 1 day/week and be with my children f/t and educate them with my DH. It certainly works for our family even without financial incentives.

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    When I had to take my daughter out of school due to anxiety, and homeschool her instead, people told me there was some payment available for homeschoolers. I rang centrelink to ask, and the only thing they suggested was Carer Allowance and sent me the forms. I took them along to her CY&MH appointment and they weren't interested in filling them in at all, so no I didn't get anything extra for homeschooling her.

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    Well, I have rung CL since and enquired about this. Zenifa- you are correct- there is no 'payment' as such but you do qualify for payments for any school aged child- FTB A and B. Plus- you are eligible to get the Education Tax Refund for resources. Also, as I am a single parent- I did also enquire about the Activity test and this is correct- you don't have to perform the work/study test. BUT PPS does cut out when your youngest child turns 8 regardless so you would no longer be eligible for it at that stage.

    Thankyou everyone for your help. We are on our way to planning our round Aus trip in which I will be homeschooling for a 12month period! Should be fun!

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    Wow Extraordinary a 12 month travel sounds like great fun!!

    My cousin home schooled her 3 kids, they took off several years ago to do the same thing (travel the country), originating in SA they got as far as Cooktown northern QLD and stopped and are not planning on coming back as far as I know. Not sure if they are enrolled in main****** school now since stopping there, or still home schooled.

    What a great experience for the kids though. I'd love to do it with DS but with shared parenting I don't know how it would ever be possible.

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    Default Have you heard of Isolated Childrens Allowance?

    Hi, i just found your thread on goggle, my son is doing distance ed as he has ASD and is medically unable to attend school we qualified for ICA its about $3600 a year and is a huge help. There are a few reasons you can qualify so worth trying, good luck


 

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