We are the Home Education Network Canberra And Southern Tablelands Inc. (incorporated in 2001). Also known as HENCAST.

HENCAST is an eclectic and inclusive, secular network of home educating families based in Canberra and the NSW surrounds. Our members come from all walks of life and practise a broad range of educational approaches.

HENCAST exists to provide social opportunities and support for home educating family members. As an association we are able to make ‘school group’ bookings at many cultural institutions, museums and other places of interest locally.

Our aim is to seek to create a positive and supportive community for home educating families by:

  • Organising activities/excursions on a regular basis that provide access to a wide range of educational experiences;
  • Arranging activities that meet the needs of children with particular interests or within specific age groups. These may include language, art, craft, vocational, science or sporting classes, specific interest games groups like Dungeons and Dragons, or even a teen meet-up group;
  • Scheduling regular meet-ups, thus connecting families and assisting friendship growth through social interactions;
  • Providing the opportunity for parents to meet with one another socially, outside organised child activities; and
  • Encouraging all families to play an active role within the HENCAST community, as HENCAST is dependent on the participation of its members.

HENCAST is not a business and there is no office. HENCAST is run exclusively by volunteer members. We are an association incorporated under ACT legislation. This gives the group a legal identity, which allows us to do things like take out insurance and hire venues for activities. Although we try to keep things as informal as possible, we do need to meet the requirements of legislation, including having an Annual General Meeting, and other general or special meetings of members as they arise.

What sort of activities do we do?

Some of the activities HENCAST did in 2020 and 2021 were:

  • Trail walks at Tidbinbilla
  • Tour of Tuggeranong Homestead
  • Australian War Memorial educational tour
  • Exploring Namarag, Canberra’s newest nature park
  • Geoscience Australia workshops
  • Mega Fauna at the National Botanical Garden
  • The Endeavour Voyage at the National Museum
  • Tuggeranong Schoolhouse Museum
  • Botticelli to Van Gogh at the National Gallery of Australia
  • High Court of Australia tour
  • National Film and Sound Archive of Australia visit
  • Parliament House school tour
  • Geocaching
  • Jerrabomberra Wetlands walk
  • Trunk or Treat for Halloween
  • Plus picnics at many ACT and NSW parks, reserves and playgrounds

Please have a look around our website, where you will find many answers to questions about home education, as well as registration information for home education in the ACT and NSW.

If you have further questions that are not answered in our website please make contact with our Secretary. When you contact us please complete the contact form and let us know which state or territory you are in, and any relevant information so we can help you best. Registration to home-school is different in each state and territory in Australia.