Home Schooling

The Australian Steiner Curriculum Framework is recognised nationally by ACARA. Steiner education is based on a creative, imaginative and experiential methodology with specific age-related curriculum content themes and scope and sequences of skills.

The most recent version of the Australian Steiner Curriculum Framework (ASCF) was recognised in 2023 by the Australian Curriculum and Reporting Authority as an alternate curriculum equivalent to the Australian Curriculum V9, from Foundation to Year 10. 

ASCF Subscription service

The ASCF is available to registered home schooling families via a yearly subscription service.

Individual home schooling families may apply for:

  • access to the ASCF curriculum for one year/stage level
  • basic phone support
  • a mentor list


The curriculum is packaged by year for K-6 or by high school stage 7/8 or 9/10. The cost for an annual subscription (12 months access from date of payment) is
$200 +GST for each year or stage package. 

The ASCF is a framework only and does not contain units of work, lesson plans, assessments, or implementation methods.

Basic phone support is available on Wednesdays and Fridays: this support will help to navigate the curriculum documents which include topics, achievement standards, child development profiles and scope and sequences. Basic phone support includes up to 5 short phone calls or two months phone access whichever is reached first.

Only registered home schoolers may apply for a subscription to the ASCF. The ASCF can be used by subscribers for their own personal use and cannot be shared further or used for commercial purposes.

The Australian Steiner Curriculum Framework is copyright to SEA is not available for commercial use by private businesses. 

Steiner education values the social context of education and recommends that where possible families enrol their children in a school but recognises that in some circumstances this may not be possible.

Mentors

SEA maintains a database of mentors with Steiner teaching experience. Selection of a mentor is a private choice of the family and SEA is not involved in any further arrangements. All financial agreements are a private matter between the mentor and the family.

State Registration Requirements

Home schooling families should recognise that requirements may vary from state to state. Some states (eg NSW) offer a state curriculum and syllabuses that are aligned with the Australian Curriculum but schools and home schoolers are registered using the state curriculum. Support in meeting state requirements may be obtained from the relevant state Education offices, and SEA can provide some support.

Home schooling vs. Distance Education

Home schooling is when parents develop or adapt their own learning program for their child at home and the parent is the child’s educator. Successful home schooling is characterised by a high level of commitment, research, time and energy that is focused on the child’s learning needs. Children who are home schooled must be registered for home schooling with their relevant state authority.

Distance education is when parents enrol their child in a school of distance education. A learning program is provided by the school and parents act as supervisors or home tutors to the child within their home. Distance education programs are implemented via mail, email, telephone and/or online platforms. Children enrolled in a school of distance education are not registered for home schooling with their state authority.

More Information about the ASCF

Please click on the link below for more information about the ASCF structure and content:

NOTE: The ASCF is copyright to SEA and may be downloaded by subscribers only for their personal use and is not to be shared further or used for commercial purposes.

Please contact SEA on 02 9411 2579 or via email [email protected] for further information.