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Expression of Interest – Member, Tasmanian Home Education Advisory Council

The following will be advertised in The Mercury, The Examiner and The Advocate on Saturday 11 February 2017. 

The Minister for Education and Training is seeking expressions of interest from individuals who wish to be considered for appointment as a member of the Tasmanian Home Education Advisory Council.

Persons wishing to submit an expression of interest should include details of relevant personal experience or skills in home education or education generally. Applicants are encouraged to provide a short statement addressing each of the following:

  • Background in home education, work experience and/or interests;
  • Experience in home education;
  • Statement of beliefs regarding home education;
  • Views on the future of home education in Tasmania;
  • Statement of what you can offer as a THEAC member; and
  • Names and contact details of at least two referees.

Information about the Tasmanian Home Education Advisory Council and the home education process in Tasmania is available at Enquiries may be directed to the THEAC Chair via email at

Expressions of interest close on Wednesday 22 February 2017.

Applications should be addressed to:

The Minister for Education and Training
THEAC Appointment
C/- GPO Box 169

Home Ed Winter Read-a-thon

The Home Ed Winter Read-a-thon is an annual readathon for home ed students and parents raising funds for aid agency TEAR Australia ( and is in its ninth year in 2016. Last year raised $1,332.80.

Registrations for 2016 are now open! If you’d like an excuse to read for a great cause this winter with the chance to win prizes, visit for further information and to download a registration form. Happy reading! ~ Grace Ephraums, Organiser.


In 2008, the National Assessment Program – Literacy and Numeracy (NAPLAN) commenced in Australian schools. The program continues in 2016 with all children in Years 3, 5, 7 and 9 or ages appropriate to these years being assessed using common national tests in Reading, Writing, Language Conventions (spelling, grammar and punctuation) and Numeracy. NAPLAN 2016 assessments will be paper-based as in previous years.

These literacy and numeracy tests form a key part of the National Assessment Program endorsed by all Australian Ministers for Education. The tests have been developed in accordance with the provisions of the Schools Assistance (Learning Together – Achievement through Choice and Opportunity) Act 2004 and supporting regulations.

All children are strongly encouraged to participate. Parent reports on student progress (issued in August and distributed to parents through THEAC. THEAC neither looks at nor retains copies of these results.) will give valuable information on your child’s/children’s performance in the areas tested. Sample parent reports, NAPLAN test papers and other information available from

Children undertaking tests in the home environment will receive the test booklets from THEAC in the week beginning Monday, 16 May 2016. All tests should be sent to the address provided with the test materials by Friday, 20 May 2016.

If you would like your child/ren to participate please complete the enclosed registration form as soon as possible, but no later than Friday 8, April 2016 and return to:
3 Dowling Street
Phone: 6334 5381

Educational Performance Services is the Tasmanian Test Administration Authority for the NAPLAN. For further information, please contact Vicki Sherburd at Educational Performance Services on (03) 6165 5706 or by email

NAPLAN 2016 Student registration form one pg