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The Adult Migrant English Program

The Adult Migrant English Program is funded by the Australian Government Department of Home Affairs. The program is a complimentary service for migrants and refugees to improve English language skills and to settle in Australia. As a student, you will learn English to help you to participate in the community and learn employment skills.

commUnity+ delivers the Adult Migrant English Program in partnership with Learning for Employment, a consortium of seven (7) community education providers.

Eligibility criteria

Eligibility criteria has recently changed, and you can:

  • Access unlimited hours of English classes until you reach an employment or vocational level.
  • Apply to enrol even if you were enrolled in the Adult Migrant English Program before and have been living in Australia for some years.
  • Keep studying until you reach vocational English level.

Learning options

The Adult Migrant English Program offers a range of learning options to students including:

  • Face-to-face and you can request a volunteer tutor for extra support.
  • Free childcare services are provided if you are studying face-to-face.
  • Full time and part-time classes during the daytime or evening.

Settlement Language Pathways to Employment or Training (SLPET)

Settlement Language Pathways to Employment or Training is a free two hundred (200) hours course which includes two (2) weeks of work placement to:

  • Develop knowledge and skills of the Australian employment environment.
  • Improve English Language skills for employment.
  • Prepare and participate in employment interviews.
  • Write cover letters and resumes.

Eligibility criteria for SLPET

To join the Settlement Language Pathways to Employment or Training class you need to be enrolled in the Pre-employment English stream and attended class in the last twelve (12) months plus:

  • A desire to be employed and to accept a employment should it be offered at the end of the course.
  • Be motivated to attend classes four (4) days a week.
  • Have confident communication skills to participate in a placement.
  • Show progression in understanding English.

Volunteer Tutor Scheme

The Volunteer Tutor Scheme provides one to one English tutoring:

  • For recently arrived migrants and refugees.
  • For students who work or care for others.
  • For those students who cannot attend class.

The Volunteers spend one (1) to two (2) hours per week with their student in their home or at a local community centre or library.

Distance Learning offers you:

  • flexibility to study one-on-one with an AMEP teacher, at a time that suits you.
  • a personalised English learning program
  • opportunities to meet other AMEP students in virtual classrooms.

Further information

This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. the Learning for Employment consortium for further information.

Recent changes

On Friday 28 August 2020, the Australian Government announced major reforms to the AMEP. The reforms are supported by the Immigration (Education) Act 1971, which has been updated to include the recent legislative changes. The Act:

  • Removed the five hundred and ten (510) hour limit on free English tuition.
  • Extended eligibility from functional English to vocational English; and.
  • Removed the time limits for enrolling, commencing, and completing English tuition for eligible visa holders who were in Australia on or before 1 October 2020.

For further information on the reforms read the Minister's media release.

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