The AMEP, which stands for the Adult Migrant English Program, is an Australian government-funded program that provides 510 hours of free English classes to newly arrived migrants and refugees.
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.