About AMEP

The Adult Migrant English Program is funded by the Australian Government and provides up to 510 hours of free English language lessons to eligible migrants and humanitarian entrants. If you have been granted a permanent visa or eligible temporary visa and speak little or no English, you may be eligible for AMEP. Some migrant youths aged between 15 and 17 years of age may also be eligible.

In an Adult Migrant English Program class, you will learn English language skills and information about Australian society. You will meet other new arrivals, with similar backgrounds, experiences and goals, and you may make new friends. All of these together will help you settle successfully in Australia. English language skills are also very important if you wish to work in Australia.

The Adult Migrant English Program is delivered by approved service providers are over 300 locations across Australia in major cities as well as rural and regional areas. Classes are taught by teachers who are trained to teach English to speakers of other languages.

AMES Australia delivers the AMEP through subcontracted partners in regional Victoria.

Who is eligible for the AMEP?

You may be able to learn English with the AMEP if you are a permanent resident of Australia or hold an eligible temporary visa, and have little or no English. In addition, you must meet the following time frames from the date of your visa commencement or arrival in Australia to remain eligible:

  • Register with an AMEP service provider such as AMES Australia within six months (or 12 months if you are under 18 years of age at the time of registration)
  • Commence AMEP classes within 12 months
  • Complete the AMEP within five years

Other AMEP services you might need:

  • Childcare services: When you are attending AMEP daytime classes you can access free childcare for pre-school aged children for the time you are in class.
  • Special Preparatory Program: All refugee/humanitarian entrants are eligible for extra hours in the AMEP. If you are between 16 and 24 years old and have had a disrupted education, you can access up to 400 extra hours of tuition; if you are over 24 years of age or are a young person who has some education, you can access up to 100 extra hours of English classes. These extra hours must be used before you start using your 510 AMEP hours.

Please contact us to find out whether you are eligible to learn English for free with AMES Australia.

For more information about the AMEP, click here.