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Adult Migrant English Program (AMEP)

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​Changes to the Adult Migrant English Program (AMEP)​

On Friday 28 August 2020, the Australian Government announced major reforms that will be implemented within the AMEP.

These reforms are supported by the Immigration (Education) Amendment (Expanding Access to English Tuition) Act 2020​ which

  • removes the previous 510 hour limit on free English tuition
  • extends eligibility from functional English to vocational English and
  • removes the time limits for registering, commencing and completing English tuition for eligible visa holders and citizens in Australia on or before 1 October 2020

This is the most significant reform to the program in many years. These changes mean that more migrants will be able to access free English tuition for longer and until they reach a higher level of proficiency.

The start date for these changes is 19 April 2021.

The reforms to the AMEP are being led by the Commonwealth Coordinator-General for Migrant Services, as part of her work to drive better settlement outcomes for refugees and migrants with a focus on employment, English language acquisition and community integration.

Recent reviews​

Evaluation of the Adult Migrant English Program 2017 Business Model

In late 2018 the Department of Education and Training (which was responsible for AMEP at the time) contracted Wunan Foundation Incorporated, trading as Social Compass, to conduct an external evaluation of the AMEP business model that was introduced in July 2017. Social Compass was contracted to provide research and evaluation expertise to determine the appropriateness, effectiveness and practicality of the business model.

See the Evaluation of the Adult Migrant English Program new business model.

Investing in Refugees, Investing in Australia: the findings of a Review into Integration, Employment and Settlement Outcomes for Refugees and Humanitarian Entrants in Australia

On 14 December 2018, the Government commissioned an independent Review into Integration, Employment and Settlement Outcomes for Refugees and Humanitarian Entrants to provide advice on how to better support refugees and humanitarian entrants to make a valuable contribution to our social fabric and economy.

See the Investing in Refugees, Investing in Australia: the findings of a Review into Integration, Employment and Settlement Outcomes for Refugees and Humanitarian Entrants in Australia

Adult Migrant English Program (AMEP) 2015 Evaluation

In 2014 the Department of Education and Training (which was responsible for AMEP at the time) engaged ACIL Allen Consulting to conduct an independent evaluation of the program and potential synergies and the strategic alignment with the Skills for Education and Employment (SEE) program.

See the AMEP Evaluation report​ and the SEE-AMEP Alignment report.​