Virtual Independent Learning Centre

The VILC (Virtual Independent Learning Centre) is an online subscription service for English language learners, ELT teachers and providers around the world. It is backed by the resources of AMES Australia, Australia's specialist provider of education, employment and settlement services for people with a language background other than English. 


An assortment of language learning tasks for ELT curriculums, on dozens of issues, based on real websites. Tasks are regularly updated. 


A collection of news items prepared and read by professional journalists and newsreaders at SBS, with language learning activities prepared by AMES Australia. New tasks, with varying degree of difficulty, are posted fortnightly.


Contains language learning resources. 

Listen to this

A collection of podcasts with English learning activities on business, tourism and hospitality, studying in Australia and the safe use of medicines. 

Watch this

A download gallery of video clips for self-paced or classroom learning.  Life stories are SBS vodcasts based on life topics with language activities, scripts, teacher notes and related websites.



"Our staff are delighted to be able to continue to use VILC as part of our program. Our training room is well set up so that 10 students at one time can access the site and the teachers can do follow up activities back in the classroom. All our staff have used VILC and EasyNews is a particular favourite. The students are comfortable with the interface and confident in using it.” Teacher April 2017

“It’s proven to be extremely helpful, interesting and engaging for literacy and EAL students!” EAL teacher May 2015

“I love your programme so much, because it is really help me to improve my Australia English.” Student December 2012

“We are finding Virtualilc absolutely invaluable for the AMEP settlement course we are currently delivering to our students. Thanks again- we love it!” Teacher August 2016


Fees are based on an annual, calendar year, subscription. VILC uses a concurrent user license to access the website and fees depend on how many users will access the system at the same time.

Concurrent Student Users

1 August to 31 December 2020 (including GST)

1 User Licence $200.00 
 6 User Licence $400.00 
12 User Licence  $565.00
25 User Licence   $900.00
30 User Licence   $1060.00
50 User Licence   $1425.00

Please contact us to sign up and get access to this resource.