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Enrolment Categories

 

 

There are two broad enrolment categories:

 
Schools of distance education are required to charge a fee for service to by choice learners, and therefore offer one level of service to all home-based learners that will feature regular scheduled lessons.
 
The categories provide criteria to determine eligibility of home-based learners who are limited choice learners and therefore exempt from paying a fee and by choice learners who will pay a fee. 
 
The applicable fee for 2017 is:   ​$1,399.05 per student per year​.
 
Students at Queensland Government or non-government schools, secondary departments or other schools of distance education can enrol subject to places being available at LSODE when subjects are unavailable at the base school.​
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Limited choice

Geographic isolation/distance​
This category applies where the student is unable to attend a local school due to the home location being in a remote area within the meaning of Education (General Provisions) Act 2006. A student is deemed to be living in a remote area:
(a) Where the students principal place of residence
  • is at least 16km from the nearest applicable school; and
  • is at least 4.5km from a school transport service approved by the chief executive (transport) or a public transport service to the nearest applicable school; or
(b) Where the students principal place of residence
  • is at least 16km from the nearest applicable school; and
  • is less than 4.5km from a school transport service approved by the chief executive (transport) or a public transport service to the nearest applicable school; and is
  • at least 56km from the nearest applicable school using the route travelled by the transport service; or
  • at least 3 hours travelling time per day from the nearest applicable school using the transport service.
The students family must measure the distance from their property entrance to the nearest State educational institution providing an education program appropriate for the student:
(a) If there is no school transport service to the institution by the shortest practicable route: or
(b) If there is a school transport service to the institution by the total of the distance from the students property entrance to the school transport access point and the distance travelled by the school transport service from that point to the institution.

Medical condition

A student who has a health issue of such severity that the student will not be able to attend a local school on a full-time basis for more than 80 consecutive school days may be enrolled with the Longreach School of Distance Education. LSODE will provide a template document to the parent/carer to support application for eligibility under the medical condition category which must be completed by a relevant medical practitioner (registered under the Medical Practitioners Registration Act 2001 and/or registered under the Psychologists Registration Act 2001).
 
In the case of carer responsibilities please contact the enrolments team for further information.  LSODE will provide a template document to support application for eligibility as a carer which must be completed by a relevant medical practitioner (registered under the Medical Practitioners Registration Act 2001 and/or registered under the Psychologists Registration Act 2001) concerning the requirement of carer.
 
Your school may provide LSODE with supporting information for fee exemption under the medical category.  Supporting information from your current school may expedite enrolment with fee exemption for medical reasons.  See Medical Enrolments for further information.

Other

 
The Director-General of Education has the discretion to approve eligibility of other students for whom it is not reasonable to attend a regular school and who do not fit within the preceding sub categories. Applications can be made through the Brisbane School of Distance Education.
 
A written statement outlining the special circumstance must accompany the enrolment application and be directed to the Principal.​
 
 
 
 

By choice


Home-based learners
 
  • Distance Education enrolment fee applies to this category
A student may be enrolled as a home based learner where it is determined that the student does not meet the criteria of any other category but chooses distance education as the preferred education provider.

Travelling overseas 

 
  • Distance education enrolment fee does not apply to this category
 
This category of enrolment includes children of Queensland families who are travelling or temporarily residing overseas for a continuous period of 80 or more consecutive school days. Students must be children of Australian citizens who intend to return to Australia. DHL Courier Fee apply.

Travelling within Australia

 
  • Distance education enrolment fee applies to this category​
 
This category of enrolment includes children of Queensland families who are travelling within Australia for a continuous period of 80 or more consecutive school days. Children of families residing in one location within Australia for three months or more are no longer considered eligible for enrolment and are required to attend a local school.
To be eligible for enrolment under the Travelling Overseas or Travelling within Australia categories, parents must provide a comprehensive itinerary of their travel plans. After enrolment the school must be informed of any changes to the itinerary so that materials can be sent to the appropriate address without delay. Incorrect addresses will cause significant delays with the return of lesson materials to students.

Home schooling by choice

 
A fee of $1,399.05 per year for all 'by choice' enrolments including Prep year applies to this category. Students enrolling at the start of the school year may pay the fees in two instalments – half upon enrolment and the balance by the end of May. Students enrolling in Semester 2 are required to pay the amount in full. We are unable to pro rata this fee. The total amount of the fee must be paid regardless of enrolment date.​
 
 
 
 

Medical Enrolment


This section refers to prospective students with health issues seeking to enrol at LSODE. 
In order to provide a suitable educational program for your child, consultation with the current school of enrolment is encouraged.
For prospective enrolments with fee exemption under the medical category please follow the process below:
Can the student's current school provide information to support fee exemption due to health issues?

YES - Current School of Enrolment provides supporting documentation for health issues.
LSODE will consider fee exemption under the medical category and supply Enrolment Documents on determination of eligibility (these documents will include a medical certificate proforma supplied by LSODE to be completed by a relevant medical practitioner (registered under the Medical Practitioners Registration Act 2001 and/or registered under the Psychologists Registration Act 2001)). 
 
NO - Contact LSODE and they will direct your enquiry to the relevant officer on (07) 4658 4222 or email Principal@longreachsde.eq.edu.au

Enrolment Process

 
 
 
 
 
- Unable to attend any schooling option due to medical condition
- Possible Internal and/or External agency involvement
- Student has identified health issues
- Health clinician engaged and able to provide ongoing support to student
- Parent/Student willing to engage and has an available Home Tutor
 
 
 
 
 
 
- Can the student's current school provide information to support fee exemption due to health issues? 
- Medical Category for more information, link below) 
YES - Current School of Enrolment sends supporting documentation to LSODE at Principal@longreachsde.eq.edu.au
 
NO - Parent or School can contact the LSODE enrolments team and they will direct the enquiry to the relevant officer on (07) 4658 4222 or Principal@longreachsde.eq.edu.au 


 
 
 
 
 
 
- LSODE reviews 'referral for fee exemption - medical category'
- On eligibility LSODE enrolments send all required Medical Enrolment Forms to parent/carer for completion
 
 
 
- All LSODE forms returned to LSODE
- Contact with parent regarding subject selection (if required)
- Payment of and school costs provided
- Enrolment Finalised
- Welcome email received with pertinent information
- Student timetabled and class teacher contact regarding course access