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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 and humanitarian entrants improve their English language skills and settle into Australia.

Learning English will help you to take part more fully in life in Australia. You will learn new skills to help you work and make friends. ​

Read​ a fact sheet in your language.in language logo

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

Your service provider will assist you to find out about free childcare. Read more about childcare in your language.

If you receive Centrelink payments, learning English with the AMEP gives you points that count for your mutual obligation requirements. There is more information below for job seekers.

​What learners say about the AMEP​

From refugee camp to nursing - Kyi's story

I want to be a nurse and I want to work as a nurse in Australia. And after English course, I want to continue my study with nursing course.

I really enjoy this course, especially discussing the things with my classmates. Yet talking with them and sharing my experience in refugee camp with them.

The first day I arrive, they try to speak to me, try to you know, they are very kind, kind and friendly. I meet new people and my teacher is very kind. She helped me with everything yeah.

It is very helpful for, for us, especially those who, those who are new here because it will help us to have confidence to communicate with other people. Yeah.



The AMEP is family - Jenny's story

So I arrived in Australia a year ago. I want to work as nurse here because I was nurse in Colombia too.

So I have been studying English for six months here. This program helped me how to improve my skills English, English skills about writing, reading, listening, speaking with many things.

We use a computer. We use a little conversation. The methodology is very, very diverse.

My teacher she give me a lot, a lot, a lot of things about not just about English but also about the basic things in Australia life such as bushfires, snakes, Medicare system. So I think all these things could be very good environment.

They need know this wonderful program because not just is an institution, it is something like the family. Yes, it's very you feel, you feel very comfortable. They always want to help, help you improve for any issue you have. If you have problems with I don't know, Medicare, if you have any problems with personal things, they always want to try help you.



What AMEP learners said in student surveys:​

The AMEP has helped many students achieve their goals. Read some of our students’ stories.

 S​ee how the​ AMEP helped Roya and Totoya change their lives.

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Can I learn English with the AMEP?​​

If you are 18 or over, you can join the AMEP if you speak little or no English and you:

  • are a permanent resident, or
  • you hold an eligible temporary visa, or
  • you are a citizen who held an eligible visa in the past.

If you are 15 to 17, you may be able to join the AMEP. Talk to your provider.

How long can I learn in the AMEP?

Your visa start date will decide the time you have to join and learn English with the AMEP.

If you arrived in Australia on or before 1 October 2020

You can stay in the AMEP until you reach a vocational level of English. You have no time limits for starting and finishing the program.

If you arrived in Australia after 1 October 2020

You have time limits for registering, starting and finishing the program from your visa start date.

You must:

  • register with an AMEP provider within 6 months
  • start your course within 12 months
  • complete your course within 5 years.

In some cases, you may be allowed to register later, or stay in the program longer. Talk to your AMEP provider to find out.

Where can I l​earn English?

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

To find your nearest class, go to AMEP locations.

How can I learn English?

With the AMEP you can:

  • go to face-to-face classes, or
  • join a class online, or
  • learn remotely by distance learning.

There are many options to help you study, including full time, part-time, evening and weekend classes. As well as classes, you may get help from a volunteer tutor.

You can use your phone or computer to access AMEPOnline . It’s also free!

AMEP for job seekers

Learning with the AMEP gives job seekers points that count for your mutual obligation requirements.

Visit the Workforce Australia AMEP page. 

You can be referred to the AMEP by your provider if you are in Workforce Australia.

If you want to earn points for this activity and are self-managing in Workforce Australia Online contact Workforce Australia.

If you are already learning English with the AMEP, talk to your provider and earn points for participating in the AMEP.

Volunteer with the AMEP Volunteer Tutor Scheme

The AMEP needs volunteers to help our students learn English. Helping someone improve their English can be a positive life changing experience. If you would like to support a migrant or humanitarian entrant for 1 – 2 hours per week, contact your nearest AMEP provider for information. Training is free of charge. They will match you with a student who you can meet at a place you choose together. 

Read AMEP volunteer Fulgence’s story.

AMEP volunteers - Eliza’s story

I decided to become a tutor because I just didn't really feel connected with the community, and so I was looking for volunteering opportunities.

I don't really know anything about English teaching. It's more just providing that you know I suppose contact point and then helping them with whatever they require.

I get quite a lot of support from AMEP. We had a full induction program that provided us with a lot of the basic resources to begin tutoring and we also have regular check ins and opportunities to enter workshops to make sure that we're helping our students as much as we can.

I would absolutely recommend it for anyone who is looking to volunteer. It's a small time commitment and it's a really rewarding experience.



Find out more about the AMEP

To find out more about AMEP you can access the AMEP Fact Sheets in 49 languages.in language logo

You can also

Help promote the AMEP

Have a look at the AMEP Promotional Flyer and share it with family and friends who may also be eligible. The Flyer is available in many languages.

Other government services

If you are settling permanently in Australia, the Australian Government provides free document translation. This is 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.

For more information visit TIS National.