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Adult Migrant English Program (AMEP)

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

The AMEP provides unlimited 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)(opens in a new tab) 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.

How to apply

Register your interest by completing our AMEP Expression of interest (EOI) form.

Following that one of our AMEP team will contact you to organise an interview so we can assess your English level and arrange a suitable learning plan for you.

The AMEP has changed

These changes mean that more migrants can now access free English tuition for longer and until they reach a higher level of proficiency.  The changes include:

  • The removal of the 510 hour limit on free English tuition
  • The removal of time limits for enrolling, commencing and completing English tuition for eligible visa holders who were in Australia on or before 1 October 2020 
  • Raising the AMEP eligibility threshold (and exit point for the program) from functional to vocational English.

Further information can be found here:

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.

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.

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.

Volunteer Tutor Resources - Topic Packs are a resource used by volunteer tutors for the AMEP.

Topic Packs are designed to support the tutor in the delivery of sessions and are organised by language levels (pre-beginner, beginner, post beginner and intermediate).

The syllabus focuses on issues relating to settlement in Australia and will provide new arrivals with information about Australian society, culture, laws, services and practices.

Pre-beginner booklets
Beginners booklets
Post-beginners booklets
Intermediate booklets

AMEP fact sheets
Books for pre-beginners

English for driving
Pregnancy (books and flashcards)

Useful websites for teaching English

Interested in volunteering?

Contact the AMEP Volunteer Coordinator

T  9202 4354

Frequently asked questions

  • Day, evening and Saturday classes
  • Online
  • Distance Learning
  • With a volunteer tutor (see Volunteer Information 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.

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

Free childcare is available for children under school age.

North Metropolitan TAFE has many general English courses and programs to prepare you for work.   

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

Foundation Skills for Your Future Program

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

Contact us


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

Office hours

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