About the program
The Adult Migrant English Program (AMEP) is a free service to help eligible migrants and humanitarian entrants with low English levels to improve their English language skills and settle into Australia.
Learning English will help you to participate more fully in Australian life. You will learn new skills to help you work and make friends in Australia.
When you are in an AMEP class, free childcare is available for children under school age.
Your service provider will assist you to find out about free childcare.
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 has been improved to increase access for eligible migrants and humanitarian entrants in Australia with no or low levels of English. If that sounds like you, the changes mean:
- you can now access unlimited hours of English classes until you reach vocational English
- you can apply to enrol, even if you’ve enrolled in AMEP before and have been living in Australia for many years
- you can keep studying, even if you’ve completed 510 hours (the previous limit), until you reach vocational English
The AMEP is available to eligible migrants and humanitarian entrants who hold a permanent visa or an
eligible temporary visa and to Australian citizens who previously held a permanent visa. The principal visa holder and their dependants may be eligible for AMEP.
To find out if you are eligible or to find your nearest class, contact your nearest
Where can I learn English for free?
The Adult Migrant English Program (AMEP) is delivered at around 300 locations across Australia in major cities as well as regional and remote areas.
You can join your class online, go to COVID-safe face to face classes, or learn remotely by distance learning.
To find details of your nearest class, see the
Find an English class page.
Help in other Languages
Information about the Adult Migrant English Program (AMEP) is translated into many languages to help you understand the program better.
Information in languages to see if AMEP information is available in your preferred language.
Can I undertake AMEP if I am a job seeker?
Eligible job seekers may be referred to the AMEP by their Employment Service Provider. Learning with the AMEP will count towards mutual obligation requirements such as a
Six Month Activity Requirement or Annual Activity Requirement for jobactive job seekers. Talk to your
Employment Service Provider, or if you are an Online Employment Services job seeker talk to the
Digital Services Contact Centre about a referral to the AMEP.
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 and online 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 face-to-face classes.
Where can I find out more about the AMEP?
Find out more about the AMEP by reading the
AMEP Fact sheet and
eligibility for learning English for free.
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 to share in many languages.
Your Privacy and Personal Information
The Department of Home Affairs takes your privacy seriously and your personal information is protected by law. To join the AMEP, the Department and your AMEP provider will collect, use and disclose your personal information in accordance with the Immigration (Education) Act 1971 and the Privacy Act 1988 (the Privacy Act).
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.
Translating and Interpreting Service (TIS National) is an interpreting service provided by the Department of Home Affairs for people who do not speak English.