Adult Migrant English Program

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AMEP provider logoAbout the program

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.

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 307 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, while you are participating in AMEP classes.

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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AMEP Teacher qualifications

In addition to the minimum trainer and assessor requirements set by the Standards for Registered Training Organisations (RTOs) 2015, the department has set additional teacher qualifications that must be met.

The teaching staff must have the requisite qualifications to deliver the chosen curriculum and at a minimum, must have:

  • Pre-Employment English Stream teachers: three year Australian undergraduate degree or equivalent and a post graduate TESOL qualification in Adult Education or equivalent.(see below for equivalent).
  • Social Stream teachers: three year Australian undergraduate degree or equivalent. A TESOL qualification is not mandatory to deliver this stream, but teachers must be enrolled in a post graduate TESOL course in Adult Education and be actively attaining the qualification (i.e not deferred from studies).

If teachers to do not have a TESOL qualification in Adult Education, the department will accept the following qualifications in TESOL as an equivalent:

  • Master of TESOL
  • Bachelor of Education with TESOL method (secondary School)
  • Post Grad in Ecucation with a TESOL method
  • A Master of Applied Linguistics (TESOL) Major
  • Graduate Certificate of TESOL

The Quality Assurance provider checks to ensure that all AMEP teachers are appropriately qualified to deliver AMEP tuition streams.