Major reforms to the AMEP

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.