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Adult Migrant English Program (AMEP)

Be taught English for free.

​About the program

Changes to AMEP services due to COVID-19

Please do not attend an AMEP learning site if you are unwell.

Due to COVID-19,​ new arrangements will be put in place for the delivery of AMEP, such as online or distance learning.

Please contact your AMEP service provider directly to discuss these new arrangements.
Learn about a COVID-19 and its symptoms.

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 listed below.

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 when you arrived in Australia)
  • commence your tuition within 12 months
  • complete your tuition within five years.

You might be able to access the AMEP after these time frames if you apply for an extension.

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 300 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 online or hard copy learning materials supported by weekly skype/telephone contact and a virtual classroom lesson with an AMEP qualified teacher
  • Volunteer 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 Free Translating Service is provided by the Australian Government for people settling permanently in Australia, to support participation in employment, education and community engagement. Permanent residents and select temporary or provisional visa holders can have up to ten eligible documents translated, into English, within the first two years of their eligible visa grant date. Eligible documents include identity and relationship documents, facilitation documents such as driver's licences, education documents and employment-related documents.

For more information or to submit an application for the Free Translating Service go to the Free Translating Service website. The website is easy to use and is available in English, Arabic, Farsi and Simplified Chinese.

Where can I find out more about the AMEP?

Find out more about the AMEP by reading the Learn English for free fact sheet.

You can also:

AMEP Teacher qualifications

Teaching staff must have the requisite curriculum licensing qualifications to deliver the chosen curriculum in AMEP. In addition teaching staff must also meet the trainer and assessor requirements set by the Standards for Registered Training Organisations (RTOs) 2015.

If you are seeking information about the required curriculum licensing and RTO Standards to teach in the AMEP, contact an AMEP service provider who operates in the your State.

Eligible temporary visas for AMEP

Access to the Adult Migrant English Program is extended to some temporary visa holders as specified in the legislative instrument for English Courses for Holders of Certain Temporary Visas.

These include the following classes of temporary visas:

  • Bridging F (Class WF)
  • Business Skills (Provisional) (Class UR)
  • Business Skills (Provisional) (Class EB)
  • Interdependency (Provisional) (Class UG)
  • Partner (Provisional) (Class UF)
  • Partner (Temporary) (Class UK)
  • Dependent child visa (subclass 445) (Temporary)
  • Resolution of Status (Temporary) (Class UH)
  • Safe Haven Enterprise (Class XE)
  • Senior Executive (Provisional) (subclass 161)
  • Investor (subclass 162)
  • State/Territory Sponsored Business Owner (Provisional) (subclass 163)
  • State/Territory Sponsored Senior Executive (Provisional) (subclass 164)
  • State/Territory Sponsored Investor (Provisional) (subclass 165)
  • Business Innovation and Investment (Provisional) (subclass 188)
  • Skilled – Designated Area-sponsored (Provisional) (Class UZ)
  • Skilled – Independent Regional (Provisional) (Class UX)
  • Skilled- Employer Sponsored Regional (Provisional (Class PE)
  • Skilled – Regional Sponsored (subclass 475)
  • Skilled – Regional Sponsored (subclass 487)
  • Skilled – Regional Sponsored (subclass 489)
  • Skilled Work Regional(Provisional) (subclass 491)
  • Temporary (Humanitarian Concern) (Class UO)
  • Temporary Protection (Class XD)