Adult Migrant English Program

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The Adult Migrant English Program (AMEP) provides up to 510 hours of English language tuition to eligible migrants and humanitarian entrants to help them learn foundation English language and settlement skills to enable them to participate socially and economically in Australian society.

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Commencement of AMEP service providers for the new contract period, 1 July 2017

New service providers delivering AMEP commenced 1 July 2017.

AMEP and SEE 2017 Tender Outcomes

Assistant Minister for Vocational Education and Skills, the Hon Karen Andrews MP, announced the outcome of the AMEP and SEE tender.

For more detailed information on the outcomes of the successful AMEP service providers and contract regions for the new contract period of 1 July 2017 – 30 June 2020, see AMEP and SEE 2017 Tender Outcomes.

Revised business model for AMEP

As part of the 2016–17 Budget measures, the Australian Government has announced that it will be releasing a new business model for the Adult Migrant English Program (AMEP). The release of the model aligns with the new service provider contract period commencing 1 July 2017. For more information see the Revised business model for AMEP. 

Am I eligible?

You may be eligible for the AMEP if you are a permanent resident of Australia or you hold an eligible temporary visa.

In addition, you must meet the following time frames from the date of your visa commencement or arrival in Australia to remain eligible:

  • register with an AMEP service provider within six months (or 12 months if you are under 18 years of age at the time of registration)
  • commence your tuition within 12 months
  • complete your tuition within five years.

To find out if you are eligible or to register for the program you should contact your nearest AMEP service provider.

Where can I learn English?

The Adult Migrant English Program is delivered at around 290 locations across Australia in major cities as well as rural and regional areas.

Find details of your closest program service provider by state and territory on the AMEP service provider's page.

Help in other Languages

We have information about the AMEP available in other languages. To see translated information in your language, visit our information in other languages page.

English language classes

English language classes generally take place at learning centres and are delivered by AMEP service providers.

You can choose from a range of learning options including:

  • classroom tuition through either full-time or part-time study, including some weekend and night classes (where available)
  • two streams of tuition, Pre-employment English stream and Social English stream
  • distance learning through a package of learning material supported by regular telephone or internet contact with an AMEP qualified teacher
  • Home Tutor Scheme, which provides language assistance by a trained volunteer
  • self-paced e-learning using an online package to support and supplement your learning on an independent basis.

If you have under school-aged children, the AMEP also provides free childcare services so that you can attend classes.

Other government language programs

Provides up to 800 hours of language, literacy and numeracy training to eligible job seekers having difficulties finding employment due to low literacy, numeracy or English language competency.

Document translation

The Department of Social Services (DSS) provides a free translating service for people settling permanently in Australia. Permanent residents and select temporary or provisional visa holders are able to have up to ten eligible documents translated, into English, within the first two years of their eligible visa grant date.

From 1 July 2017, applications for the Free Interpreting Service are made online. Clients need to provide evidence of their eligibility for this service when applying. More information about the Free Translating Service is available online or by contacting the Free Translating Service helpdesk:

  • Email: fts@migrationtranslators.com.au
  • Phone: 1800 962 100.

Where can I find out more about the AMEP?

Find out more about the AMEP by reading the English classes for eligible migrants and humanitarian entrants in Australia fact sheet

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Program evaluation

To ensure that the AMEP continues to meet the Australian Government’s objectives, the Australian Government commissioned an independent evaluation of the program and potential synergies and the strategic alignment with the Skills for Education and Employment (SEE) program in 2014.

These evaluations examined current funding arrangements, and the quality of program outcomes, as well as program appropriateness, effectiveness and efficiency. Stakeholder consultation and feedback obtained through surveys, focus groups and in-depth interviews, played a vital role in informing the outcomes of the evaluation.

The AMEP Evaluation report and SEE-AMEP Alignment report are now available.