About the AMEP

The AMEP is an Australian government-funded program that provides 510 hours of free English classes to new migrants and refugees.

AMES Australia offers a number of ways for you to learn English in regional Victoria through our partners to suit your individual needs:

Who is eligible for the AMEP?

You may be able to learn English with the AMEP if you hold a permanent visa, have little or no English, and:

  • are an adult (18 years or older)
  • are under 18 years of age and are not attending school. (You may be eligible within the first 12 months of your arrival to Australia)

Access to the AMEP is extended to some temporary visa holders.

Please call 13 AMES (2637) to find out whether you are eligible to learn English for free. Even if you are not eligible for free AMEP classes, you can still attend our classes for a small fee.

Other AMEP services you may need

Childcare Services
When you are attending daytime classes at the AMEP you can access free childcare for pre-school aged children for the time you are in class. Read more.

Other information about the AMEP

  • You are entitled to 510 hours of English tuition. At your first interview with an AMEP Counsellor you will discuss the best way for you to learn English
  • You will need to register for the AMEP within six months (or 12 months if you are under 18 years of age at the time of registration).
  • You must commence your tuition within 12 months.
  • You will be required to complete the AMEP within five (5) years (this can be changed in special circumstances).
  • You will also need to complete an AMEP Settlement Course which provides information about Australian society, culture, laws, services and practices.

The Adult Migrant English Program is funded by the Australian Government Department of Education and Training. For more information on the AMEP visit http://www.education.gov.au/amep

Please call 13 AMES (2637) to find out whether you are eligible to learn English for free.

The AMEP is based on accredited curricula delivering 10361NAT Course in Preliminary Spoken and Written English, 10362NAT Certificate I in Spoken and Written English, 10363NAT Certificate II in Spoken and Written English, 10364NAT Certificate III in Spoken and Written English. 

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