At the moment we are unregistered homeschoolers, we are not required to register until Evie is 6 so we have a few more months yet (thank goodness).
I find the whole approval process very daunting. Although having read some of the posts in the Hop already I feel much better about it all and I am now grateful for how relaxed our system is.
In South Australia, homeschoolers are required to fill out a form detailing curriculum in each area of learning (maths, science, English, social studies etc). This is adaptable to various learning styles from natural learning to a more 'school at home' style.
Following this a representative visits the home to interview the family.
As I understand it people are then given approval (or not) for 6-18 month period before having another interview.
My knowledge of the process is fairly vague and abstract having not actually gone through all the hoops yet.
It is my dream to live in Victoria where there is no approval process at all. One simply signs a form stating that you intend to homeschool and you promise to cover all the learning areas. Then you can simply get on with the job with out having to prove yourself or submit to interviews and judgment. Now that is a system I could love.
Photos are from a holiday along the River Murray where we visited one of the first prisons in Australia. The last picture is taken from my parents-in -laws back yard, fronting right onto the river, it's just beautiful.