Adult Migrant English Program

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

Contracts for the delivery of AMEP general services expire on 30 June 2014.  As per the terms of each contract, the department has chosen to exercise its option to extend each contract for three years.  In the event that a contractor cannot proceed to deliver the services for the next three years, the Commonwealth may decide not to exercise the option, and may commence a tender process in accordance with the Commonwealth Procurement Rules to enable alternative arrangements to be put into place for the delivery of AMEP general services in that region to 30 June 2017.

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; and
  • complete your tuition within five years.

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

Where can I learn English?

The AMEP is delivered at over 250 locations across Australia in major cities as well as rural and regional areas.

Find your nearest service provider by clicking on the state or territory you live in:

Help in other Languages

We have information about the AMEP available in other languages. To see translated information in your language, head to 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)
  • 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 programmes

Document translation

The Department of Social Services provides a Free Translating Service for people settling permanently in Australia. Permanent residents, Australian citizens and some temporary and provisional residents are able to have personal documents translated into English during their initial two year settlement period.

Requests for free translation of personal documents from eligible persons may be lodged at any AMEP tuition centre, which will then dispatch them to a translation service provider. Clients need to provide evidence of their eligibility for this service when lodging documents for translation. More information about this service is available or by contacting your local AMEP Provider.  

Where can I find out more about the AMEP?

You can read more about the AMEP on the English courses for eligible migrants and humanitarian entrants in Australia page.

You can also:

  • Call the Skilling Australia information line on 13 38 73 from anywhere in Australia for the cost of a local call.
  • Email: skilling@industry.gov.au
  • Contact your nearest AMEP service Provider.
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