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Adult Migrant English Program (AMEP)

​The Adult Migrant English Program (AMEP) delivers tuition in the English Language to help eligible adult migrants and refugees settle successfully in Australia.

​​The program is available to eligible migrants, from the humanitarian, family and skilled visa groups. The number of hours of free English courses offered depends on individual circumstances. To view further information go to the Department of Home Affairs AMEP webpage.

AMEP teaches more than just English, clients also learn about Australian society, culture and customs. They meet other new migrants, who may have similar experiences and goals, and they make many new friends.

There is no charge for eligible migrants and refugees to study through the program. Classes are offered at a choice of locations with centres in Perth, Leederville, Joondalup, Midland and Balga. You can contact our centres (see Contact tab below) or call us on (08) 9427 1377. ​

There are two study options:

  • Full time (20 hours per week in the morning or afternoon)

  • Part time (less than 20 hours per week in the morning, afternoon, evening or Saturday mornings)

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


Before clients begin classes, they will meet with a Settlement Pathways Advisor to assess their English language skills and make sure they're in the right course level.  

We teach the following nationally accredited levels of the Certificate in Spoken and Written English:
    • Absolute beginner Course in Preliminary Spoken and Written English (CPSWE) - 10725NAT 
    • Beginner Certificate I in Spoken and Written English (CSWE I) - 10727NAT
    • Post beginner / Intermediate Certificate II in Spoken and Written English (CSWE II) - 10728NAT
    • Intermediate / Upper intermediate Certificate III in Spoken and Written English (CSWE III) - 10729NAT

The program concentrates on improving English language and literacy skills and also assists clients with: 
    • Advice on continuing further education and training
    • Finding and maintaining employment
    • Participating and engaging in the community.

Clients will learn about:
    • Australian culture 
    • Health: doctor, dentist and hospital visits
    • Water safety
    • Money and finance
    • Government services
    • Rights and responsibilities
    • The justice and legal system
    • Current affairs. 

AMEP Work Experience Program (AWEP) 
AWEP is an employment focused course for clients to learn vocational English needed for the Australian workplace.
To assist AMEP clients with the transition to work in Australia, they can apply for an additional 200 hours of English tuition (including 80 hours of work experience) through the AWEP program.

Topics covered on the course include: 
    • Workplace English
    • Australian workplace practices and culture
    • Occupational health and safety
    • Workplace communication skills
    • Job search techniques
    • Writing resumes and letters of applications
    • Technology in the workplace
    • Computer skills for work
    • Equity and fairness at work.

To be eligible for AWEP, clients have to be studying Certificate III in Spoken and Written English (CSWE III) and show commitment.
AWEP is also known as Settlement Language Pathways to Employment and Training (SLPET)

Distance and Online Learning 
The Distance Learning Program provides English teaching outside of the normal classroom. Clients will need access to a telephone, computer and the internet as the program is delivered online.

A qualified teacher will be assigned for 1 hour per week to work with the client via the telephone or Skype. Class information is sent in the mail or downloaded from the internet.

The benefits to studying Distance and Online Learning:
    • A teacher is assigned to one client
    • The course is flexible to meet your needs
    • You can choose to receive help from a volunteer tutor for up to 6 hours per week
    • You can study in your own time, at home to fit around your family and work commitments.

You may choose to study the distant learning component only,  or combine with learning English in the classroom.
Clients on the Distance and Online Learning program will use up to 5 AMEP hours per week.

Are you eligible?
You may be eligible to study at North Metro AMEP if you are a migrant or refugee settling in Australia and have been granted one of the following:
    • Permanent visa and you speak little or no English
    • Provisional visa - eligible temporary visa
    • Youth visa - for young people aged between 15 and 17 years of age.

You will need to register with North Metro AMEP within six months of arriving in Australia or gaining permanent residence and begin English classes within one year. You are entitled to study English with the AMEP for up to 510 hours and have up to five years from your visa commencement date to complete.

 How else can we help you?
AMEP Settlement Pathways Advisors

Clients in the Adult Migrant English Program (AMEP) have access to experienced Settlement Pathways Advisors with career knowledge and counselling.  They are able to assist you with:
    • General counselling – learning difficulties, managing work and study, personal issues
    • Counselling for victims of torture and trauma
    • Interviews for clients to establish pathways for achieving vocational and academic goals.
Referral to external support services.

AMEP clients have access to:
    • Our college libraries - resources available include books, CDs, DVDs, audio tapes and computers
    • English language teachers to answer questions related to English language learning

Translating services
The Department of Social Services offers a free translating service for clients settling permanently in Australia.   Documents may include birth certificates, marriage certificates, drivers licence, vaccination certificates,  educational qualifications and employment references.

We can arrange free childcare/crèche for your children while you attend AMEP classes.  Free childcare/crèche is offered for children aged 5 years and under. 

Library guides

This guide is for the Adult Migrant Education Program (AMEP) students studying at North Metropolitan TAFE. It provides resources to help you settle in Australia, including information about Australian society, culture and customs.

Click on the tabs across the top to open new pages of information on 12 settlement topics.

Volunteer program 
Our AMEP Volunteers at are recognised for making a valuable contribution to our community. They have an integral role in supporting migrants in the Adult Migrant English Program (AMEP) to learn English.  Types of volunteering roles available include home tutors and classroom assistant.

Home tutors
As a volunteer home tutor, you will be suitably matched with a client.  Arrangements will be made to meet weekly at the client’s home or in a public place eg. the library.  Your role is to help clients improve their English speaking, listening, reading and writing skills. 

Classroom assistant
AMEP volunteers can assist the teacher by working with clients in small groups to develop their conversation skills and give new migrants the opportunity to learn English and share their settlement experiences.

Volunteers will follow directions from the teacher to help individuals or groups as required.
Training and support is ongoing in the volunteering role, and access to a range of resources is available to include the loan of books, worksheets and audio material.

Information on volunteering
Become a Home Tutor
Become a Classroom Volunteer
Volunteering information flyer

Interested in volunteering?
Contact the AMEP Volunteer Coordinator  
T (08) 9202 4354

Volunteer program resources 
Contact us 
To begin classes with the Adult Migrant English Program (AMEP), you will need to make an appointment with us to: 
    • Assess your level of English
    • Agree  on the number of hours you will study each week 
    • Type of class you will attend 
    • Confirm your childcare/crèche needs and what AMEP can provide
    • Discuss and record your educational and career goals.

If you are unable to contact AMEP by telephone, someone else can telephone ring for you.  We are here to help.
T (08) 9427 1377 or via our centres.

North Metropolitan AMEP Is a friendly learning environment, a place to meet new friends and learn from others in the​ classroom.  Our staff are trained to assist you with information on education and career options.

Office hours
8.30am — 4.00pm Monday to Friday
* Perth (also opens on Saturdays 9.00am – 1.00pm during term time)

Our locations
The Adult Migrant English Program (AMEP) offers a choice of study locations

North Metropolitan TAFE, Perth campus
Level 3, 25 Aberdeen St
Northbridge, 6003
T (08) 9427 1377

North Metropolitan TAFE, Balga campus
(K Block) 18 Loxwood Road
Balga, 6061
T (08) 9207 4268

North Metropolitan TAFE, Joondalup campus
35 Kendrew Crescent
Joondalup, 6027
T (08) 9207 4268 (Balga office, contact before visiting the campus)
North Metropolitan TAFE, Leederville campus
B Block, Cnr Oxford and Richmond Streets
Leederville, 6007
T (08) 9427 1377  (Northbridge office, contact before visiting the campus)

North Metropolitan TAFE, Midland campus
Cnr Lloyd St and Eddie Barron Dr
Midland, 6056
T (08) 9427 1377 (Northbridge office, contact before visiting the campus)

AMEP at Midland flyer.

Student stories — In Australia I will be...

Everyone has a story to tell. As a migrant, your story is particularly important to be heard. The In Australia I will be... project uses the medium of oral storytelling to empower and teach students important oral and speaking skills and techniques. 

Listen to these stories of hard-working migrants who are integrating into Australian society and making a positive impact on those around them.

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SEE program

The Skills for Education and Employment (SEE) program is funded by the Department of Education and Training. It is aimed to assist eligible job seekers develop the Language, Literacy and Numeracy skills needed to successfully enter and remain in the workforce  or  to continue further training.

The SEE program will help participants to: 
 •    Improve your reading, writing, listening and speaking skills 
 •    Improve your numeracy skills
 •    Develop your computing skills
 •    Gain the confidence and skills to apply for jobs
 •    Explore your work and training options.
 •    Participate in vocational exploration to match current skills to the industry needs.
 •    Participate in formal and informal job interviews
 •    Improve writing skills to write reports, emails, address job selection criteria and cover letters.


How do I join?

Contact your local Centrelink, Department of Human Services (DHS) or your Job Active Provider.
These organisations will assess your eligibility for the SEE program and make the referral accordingly.
Centrelink or  Disability Employment Services (DES)

T   13 24 68
Job Active Providers

T  13 62 68

Where will my course be held?

North Metropolitan TAFE, Northbridge campus
Level 3, 25 Aberdeen Street, Northbridge
T (08) 9427 1647
T (08) 9427 1906

North Metropolitan TAFE, Balga campus
E Block (E003) 18 Loxwood Road
T (08) 9207 4840
T (08) 9207 4234

North Metropolitan TAFE, Midland campus 
Corner Lloyd Street and Eddie Barron Drive
T (08) 9427 1647
T (08) 9427 1906

SEE at Midland flyer

How much will it cost?

The SEE program is free to job seekers who are assessed as eligible by Centrelink, DHS or Job Active providers.

How often will I attend?

You will have up to 800 hours of training and can start anytime during the year. You can attend part-time (12-19 hours per week) or full time (20 hours per week). Centrelink or your Job Active provider will clarify how many hours you are required to do.

Foundation Skills for Your Future Program

North Metropolitan TAFE is now an approved provider for the Foundation Skills for Your Future Program.

Read Write Now

North Metropolitan TAFE hosts the Read Write Now Adult Literacy Program. This is a volunteer-based adult literacy program that has served more than 35,000 people across the state over the last 40 years.  The program has been running in Western Australia since 1977.

Read Write Now staff are located at Level 6, 25 Aberdeen Street, Perth campus and manage the state-wide program of over 600 volunteer tutors. Staff offer training, professional development and support for the volunteers.

Extra Assistance

If you need extra support to get through your studies or need extra assistance with your reading and writing, maths or computer skills, North Metropolitan TAFE can offer a Read Write Now tutor that can help.  Sessions are weekly for an hour and a half, and free of charge. Tutors can meet on campus or in a venue closer to your home. 

Contact and volunteer

For all enquiries and information if you are interested in becoming a volunteer please call:
Read Write Now
T 1800 018 802 


Page last updated September 14, 2020