Adult Migrant English 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 confidently participate 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; and
  • complete your tuition within five years.

To find out if you are eligible or to register for the programme you should contact your nearest Adult Migrant English Program service provider.

Where can I learn English?

The Adult Migrant English Program is delivered at around 250 locations across Australia in major cities as well as rural and regional areas.

Find details of your closest programme service provider by state and territory on the Adult Migrant English Program service providers 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)
  • 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 Adult Migrant English Program also provides free childcare services so that you can attend classes.

Other government language programmes

  • Skills for Education and Employment
    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.
  • Workplace English Language and Literacy
    Provides funding to employers for training their workers in English language, literacy and numeracy skills.
  • English as a Second Language New Arrivals programme
    Provides funds to state and territory non-government education authorities to help improve educational opportunities and outcomes for newly arrived students of non-English speaking backgrounds by developing their English language competency.

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 Adult Migrant English Program 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 you can contact your local Adult Migrant English Program service provider.

Where can I find out more about the AMEP?

Find out more about the Adult Migrant English Program by reading the English courses for eligible migrants and humanitarian entrants fact sheet.

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Program evaluation

To ensure that the Adult Migrant English Program continues to meet the Australian Government’s objectives, the Department of Industry is undertaking an independent evaluation of the programme. ACIL Allen Consulting has been engaged to conduct the evaluation.

The evaluation will examine current funding arrangements, and the quality of programme outcomes, as well as programme appropriateness, effectiveness and efficiency. Stakeholder consultation and feedback will play a vital role in informing the outcomes of the evaluation. ACIL Allen Consulting will be engaging with stakeholders through surveys, focus groups, and in-depth interviews.

Public consultation process

ACIL Allen Consulting is undertaking a public submission process to ensure that all stakeholders have the opportunity to participate in the evaluation. Further information is available on the ACIL Allen Consulting AMEP website or by contacting

Consultations closed on 12 December 2014.

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