Learn English for migrants

You can study a free English course if you are new to Australia and do not speak or write very well.

These free courses are offered under the Adult Migrant English Program (AMEP).

Who can apply

To learn English under the program you must:

  • be a permanent resident visa holder
  • or have a temporary visa.

If you have a temporary visa

See the list of temporary visas you can use to apply for AMEP.

If you are under 18 years of age

You may be able to study an English course if you are 15 to 18 years of age.

To find out if you can apply talk to your nearest AMEP service provider.

When you can apply

You should apply as soon as you can. 

Although there are deadlines, you might still be able to apply.

To find out if you can apply talk to your nearest AMEP service provider.

Where you can study

You can learn English under the program across Australia. This includes in cities, towns and regional areas.

See the list of AMEP service providers you can learn English with.

What you can get

You can learn English for the workplace or to help take part in the community.

The program runs for 510 hours. You might be able to do more study — talk to your AMEP service provider.

How you can study

You can learn English under the program:

  • part-time or full-time
  • in a class or have a volunteer tutor come to you
  • online using your phone or laptop
  • at night or on the weekend, depending on what providers offer in your area.

If you have young children

You can get free child care if your children are too young for school.

Free child care is only available for the times when you are in class.

Apply or find out more about the AMEP

To find out more contact your nearest AMEP service provider.

Updated 25 June 2018


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