About AMES Australia

For 60 years AMES Australia has helped new and recently arrived refugees and migrants to settle in to Victoria. AMES Australia offers much more than just teaching English – we not only work with new arrivals but also with the community, business and Government to develop sustainable and effective settlement solutions for the whole Victorian community.

Our vision is “full participation for all in a cohesive and diverse society.”

Our Services

Core Services

AMES Australia provides a comprehensive range of settlement services for refugees and migrants. These include on-arrival settlement support, English language and literacy training, vocational training and employment services. These services are primarily delivered through the following federal and state contracts:

  • Humanitarian Settlement Services (HSS)
  • Adult Migrant English Program: General Services
  • Adult Migrant English Program: Distance Learning
  • Skills for Education and Employment Program
  • Victorian Training Guarantee (VTG) 
  • jobactive
  • Status Resolution Support Services (SRSS)

Delivering all of these programs at the same time gives AMES Australia a unique perspective of our clients’ journeys and provides insights that allow us to build individual client pathways and to adapt or create bridging programs between the core services.  

We deliver services from eighteen major locations in metropolitan Melbourne.

Social Enterprises - providing job and training opportunities to our clients

AMES Australia operates a catering social enterprise - Sorghum Sisters in Kensington.

Read more about AMES Australia Social Enterprises.

Multicultural Hub - a place for groups to gather and share

The Multicultural Hub is owned by the City of Melbourne and is managed by AMES Australia. Located in Melbourne’s CBD, the Hub provides a place where people from Melbourne's many different cultures can meet and learn in a supportive environment. Activities for individuals and community groups are offered throughout the year.

Read more about the Multicultural Hub.