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Adult Migrant English Program (AMEP)

Be taught English for free.

​​​​​​​​​About the program

The Adult Migrant English Program (AMEP) is a free service to help eligible migrants with low English levels to improve their English language skills.​

When you are in an AMEP class, free childcare is available to children who are under school age.

​Your service provider will assist you to find out about free child care.

Learning English will help you to settle into your new life. You will also learn new skills to help you work and make friends in Australia.

For migrants receiving Centrelink payments, learning English in the AMEP may meet some or all of your mutual obligation requirements.​

Am I eligible?

The AMEP is available to migrants from all permanent visas and​ some temporary visas. The principa​l visa holder and their dependants may be eligible for AMEP.

To find out if you are eligible or to register for the program, contact your nearest AM​EP service​.

Where can I learn English for free?

The Adult Migrant English Program is delivered at around 300 locations across Australia in major cities as well as rural and regional areas.

You can join your class online, go to COVID-safe face to face classes, or learn remotely by distance learning.

Find details of your nearest service on the Find a class​ 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.

Learning options​

The AMEP provides a range of flexible learning options to help you study, including full time, part-time, evening and weekend classes.

It offers face-to-face classes, online and virtual classes, a volunteer tutor scheme and distance learning. If you have under school-aged children, the AMEP also provides free childcare services, while you are participating in AMEP classes.

​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:​

Your Privacy and Personal Information

The Department of Home Affairs takes your privacy seriously. To join AMEP, the Department and your AMEP provider will collect, use and disclose your personal information in accordance with the Immigration (Education) Act 1971.

Further information about how your personal information will be used is in the AMEP Privacy Notice.

If you need help understanding this information, or require an interpreter, please talk to your AMEP provider​ who can help you.

​Other government services

If you are settling permanently in Australia, free document translation is provided by the Australian Government to support participation in employment, education and community engagement. More information is available on the Free Translating Service ​​​website.

The Translating and Interpreting Service​ (TIS National) is an interpreting service provided by the Department of Home Affairs for people who do not speak English.