Adult Migrant English Program (AMEP)

What is the Adult Migrant English Program?

The Adult Migrant English Program (AMEP) can help you to learn English.

The AMEP provides up to 510 hours of free English lessons and childcare to eligible migrants, and refugees. Some students may be eligible for additional hours.

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


What will I learn?

You will learn English to help you settle in Australia.

You will learn about Australian society, culture, customs and working in Australia.

You will learn speaking, listening, reading and writing skills - for everyday living, for work and for further study.


Frequently asked questions

  • Day, evening and Saturday classes
  • Online
  • Distance Learning
  • With a volunteer tutor (see below)

You can phone us or visit the AMEP office at a campus near you to find out if you are eligible for the AMEP.

Please have your visa and passport with you.

You need to attend an interview at one of our campuses so we can assess your English level and arrange a suitable learning plan for you.

You must register for the AMEP within 6 months of your visa commencement date or arrival in Australia.

Free childcare is available for children under school age.

Yes, we can arrange a study program to fit with your work schedule.

It is important to attend your classes every day so you can improve your English.

Students who have good attendance and make good progress can apply for extra hours after they finish 510 hours.

There are general English courses and courses to prepare you for work.

The AMEP Work Experience Program has a vocational subject and work experience. These courses help you to work in aged care, hospitality, childcare and other kinds of work.

Volunteer information

Our AMEP Volunteers 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

Interested in volunteering?

Contact the AMEP Volunteer Coordinator

Foundation Skills for Your Future Program

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

Contact us

Office hours

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

North Metropolitan TAFE
Perth campus
Level 3, 25 Aberdeen St, Perth WA 6000

North Metropolitan TAFE
Balga campus (K Block)
18 Loxwood Road, Balga WA 6061

North Metropolitan TAFE
Joondalup campus
35 Kendrew Crescent, Joondalup WA 6027

9207 4268 (Balga office, contact before visiting the campus)

North Metropolitan TAFE
Midland campus
Cnr Lloyd St and Eddie Barron Dr, Midland WA 6056

9427 1377 (Northbridge office, contact before visiting the campus)