Our Education Programs

commUnity+ is committed to providing opportunities for the community members to access quality community adult education programs. We have a particular focus on providing services in the western suburbs, to clients facing disadvantage and social exclusion, and those in communities new to Australia.

commUnity+ is a Registered Training Organisation (TOID #3755).

We believe in the power of adult learning in building the capability of our community, while improving their social, emotional and economic wellbeing. On an individual level, adult education can significantly transform the prospects of students and give them the confidence to participate fully in their community.

Employability Skills Training

Adult Migrant English Program

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 Learning for Employment


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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State Funded Programs - Skills First

commUnity+ delivers English as an Additional Language (EAL) programs. Courses are held at commUnity+ sites and in partnership with community groups, schools, and other partners.

Certificates in English as an Additional Language (EAL)

EAL courses prepare students for further study or employment through improving English language speaking, listening, reading and writing, as well as vocabulary and pronunciation.  

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commUnity+ is a Foundation Skills Approved Provider and contracted provider of Victorian Government-subsidised training. Funding is provided through the Skills First program.

To enrol in any of the qualifications subsidised under the Skills First Program, please contact the office on (03) 8312 2040. An interview will be scheduled, and your needs will be discussed with a qualified pre-training assessor.

Comm Unity Plus Services, (TOID No: 3755) is a contracted provider of Victorian Government-subsidised training. 

Eligibility criteria for Skills First Program

To be eligible for the Skills First Program subsidy, you must meet all the eligibility criteria, which include location, citizenship, and education history, as outlined below.

Location and citizenship

You must be physically present in Victoria at all times at which you are undertaking the training and assessment.

You must also be either:

  • an Australian citizen, or
  • an Australian Permanent Resident (holder of a permanent visa), or
  • a New Zealand citizen, or
  • referred by a special initiative.

Education history

You must not:

  • have started, or be due to start, more than two (2) Skills First funded AQF qualifications or skill sets in the same calendar year, and
  • be currently enrolled in two (2) or more Skills First funded qualifications and skill sets at the same time, and
  • be currently enrolled in a secondary school. This includes government, non-government, independent, catholic schools and home schooling. School-based apprentices and trainees are exempt from this requirement.

Criteria for Foundation Skills list courses

You must:

  • meet the location and citizenship criteria, and
  • meet the education history criteria.

You must not:

  • hold an AQF qualification issued by an Australian VET or higher education provider that is at AQF level 5 (Diploma) or higher, and
  • be enrolled in the Commonwealth Government’s Skills for Education and Employment (SEE) program
Nationally Recognised Training

*This training is delivered with Victorian and Commonwealth Government funding subject to eligibility requirements. People with disabilities are encouraged to apply. Enrolment for eligible students will affect future training options and eligibility for further government-subsidised training under the Skills First Program. Enrolment fees may apply.

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Skills for Education and Employment (SEE)

commUnity+ offers SEE courses to help students develop the language and numeracy skills needed to gain employment or complete further study.

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Information for Referring Agencies:

FREE accredited training is provided for:

  • Clients who would benefit from employability skills-focused training
  • English speaking and non-English speaking clients
  • Further development of reading, writing, maths, speaking and listening skills
  • Pathways to employment and further study
  • All eligible clients aged 15-64 years
  • Rolling intakes throughout the year

The training provides up to 650 hours of accredited training in Coburg, St Albans, Deer Park, Broadmeadows, Craigieburn, Surrey Hills, and Watergardens. Referrals are taken from Centrelink or a Job Services Australia provider

commUnity+ is proud to deliver the SEE Program on behalf of Learning for Employment


Learning for Employment

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*This Skills for Education and Employment is funded by the Australian Government Department of Education and Training.

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Adult, Community and Further Education (ACFE)

ACFE Learn Local courses are designed to help students to return to study, improve reading, writing and numeracy skills, get a job or learn something new.

commUnity+ is proud to be a Learn Local organisation and partner with Allara Mambourin Disability Services to provide education services through the ACFE program.

A range of programs is offered, including: 


Learn Local                    

*Comm Unity Plus Services Ltd acknowledges the support of the Victorian Government.

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