Adult Migrant English Program (AMEP)

English language skills for your future

Develop the skills to participate fully in Australian life- Adult Migrant English Program AMEP

If you are a migrant to Australia, you may be eligible to access English language classes with MAX through the Adult Migrant English Program (AMEP).

The AMEP provides English tuition to assist with your settlement journey. The language skills you gain will help you settle into life and work in Australia. Through the AMEP you can: 

  • Access unlimited hours of classes
  • Study until you reach a level of functional English
  • Attend AMEP, even if you have enrolled before and finished more than 510 hours
  • Join classes, even if you have been in Australia for many years.

Our friendly, qualified trainers deliver English courses for migrants in a safe and supportive environment. Learning is flexible and takes into account your individual needs and circumstances.

Our friendly team are dedicated to giving you the best start, and will support you every step of the way. 

The Adult Migrant English Program is funded by the Australian Government Department of Home Affairs.

Please note: the Australian Government provides information about the AMEP in nearly 40 languages.

These flyers are available here.  

Interpreter Services are available

If you would like to speak to us but require an interpreter, we can provide this service free of charge.

To speak to an interpreter, use the contact details provided and tell us which language you would like an interpreter for and a contact number.

We will then call you back with an interpreter to follow up your enquiry. These services are available during office hours only.

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Improve your skills to help find work with the Adult Migrant English Program (AMEP)

Eligibility for the AMEP

The AMEP is available for eligible migrants and humanitarian entrants who need to improve their English for life in Australia.

The AMEP is available to eligible migrants who hold a permanent visa or eligible temporary visa and citizens who had a permanent visa.  Principal visa holders and their dependents may be eligible for AMEP.

Register for the AMEP

When you contact us we will invite you to meet with us to check whether you are eligible for the AMEP.

You will need to bring:

  • Proof of identification (ID), eg. Immicard, passport
  • A copy of your Visa Grant letter
  • Evidence of work or education history if you have been in Australia for some time

We can arrange an interpreter at no cost to you. You can also bring a support person along. Free childcare is available when you attend classes for children who are under six years of age and not attending school.

If you are eligible for the AMEP, we can register you in the next available course.

Learn English with us

Our team will start by talking with you to understand your needs, skills, circumstances and goals. Together you will make a plan to help you achieve your goals. 

Our tutors aim to create a supportive environment, taking into account the history and culture of all students.

Much of the learning will take place in a classroom environment, however you will also enjoy learning through outings to places in your local community. This might include visits to your local library, museums, art displays, grocery stores, zoo and historical sites. 

Along with teaching English, our courses will teach you other skills for settling into Australian life. For example, how to access government and community services, banking, medical assistance and emergency services.

Learn more with special programs

Your teacher will talk to you if you are eligible for other special programs in the AMEP including:

  • Distance Learning: Distance Learning can be accessed by all AMEP students, even if you are attending classes at MAX. If you have problems attending our classes, we can help
  • SPP: the Special Preparatory Program recognises that some students require more support for learning
  • SLPET: Settlement Language Pathways to Employment and Training is designed for AMEP students who are ready to move into work.

Your next steps

Once you have completed the AMEP your tutors will work with you to plan your next steps. They will work with you to help you understand your options and make decisions about your future. 

Further English tuition, training towards a qualification or moving into work may be for you. In any case, our team will be there to help. 

In the AMEP with MAX, you will not only learn English but you will also enjoy a family-like support network. 

This sense of community and the friendships you make are also things you can take into the next stage of your new life in Australia. 

Have a question about learning English with the AMEP?

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