The AMEP is a government-funded service to assist eligible migrants and humanitarian entrants to improve their English language skills. Recent reforms to the AMEP mean more people are now able to access free English tuition for longer and until they reach a higher level of proficiency.
Changes to the AMEP mean people can:
- access unlimited hours of English classes until they reach vocational English (previously functional English)
- apply to enrol, even if they have enrolled in the AMEP before and have been living in Australia for many years
- keep studying with the AMEP, even if they have completed 510 hours (the previous limit), until they reach vocational English.
The AMEP offers face-to-face and online classes, a volunteer tutor scheme and distance learning. Full-time, part-time, evening and weekend classes are available. The AMEP also provides free childcare for children under school age while clients are in face-to-face classes.
Permanent visa holders, those who hold an eligible temporary visa, and Australian citizens who previously held a permanent visa may be eligible for the AMEP. People can contact their nearest service provider to check their eligibility.