The Adult Migrant English Program (AMEP) can help you to learn English. The program provides up to 510 hours of free English lessons and childcare to newly-arrived eligible migrants, refugees and humanitarian entrants. This is an Australian Government initiative.
What will I learn?
You will learn English to help you settle successfully in Australia. You will also 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 can I study?
full-time or part-time classes during the day
at home with a tutor
on the computer with self-paced eModules
by distance education
How do I enrol?
To enrol you will 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.
For more information, contact our TAFE Western AMEP team:
Phone: 1300 662 848, then Option 2
How do I know I'm eligible?
You can contact us by phone or email, or visit a campus near you to find out if you are eligible for the AMEP. Your visa and passport details will tell us if you are eligible.
Is childcare available?
We can arrange childcare while you attend classes. Free childcare is available for children under school age.
Where are classes held?
AMEP classes are held at the following campuses:
Panorama Ave, Bathurst NSW 2795
Phone: (02) 6338 2424
2 Hill St, Lithgow NSW 2790
Phone: (02) 6352 0467
March St, Orange NSW 2800
Phone: (02) 6391 5777
269 Ulan Road, Bombira NSW 2850
Phone: (02) 6378 2666
Myall St, Dubbo NSW 2830
Phone: (02) 6883 3444
25 Bushman St, Parkes NSW 2870
Phone: (02) 6862 8100
Browne St, Forbes NSW 2871
Phone: (02) 6853 9100
To find out about other TAFE NSW locations visit the AMES Website.
To find out about other AMEP locations visit the Department of Education and Training website.
Free document translation service
The Department of Social Services provides a free translation service for people settling permanently in Australia. This helps new migrants to participate in the community by having personal documents translated into English during their first two years in Australia.
Returning Australian citizens may also be eligible for the free translation service within two years of returning to Australia permanently.
To check if you are eligible for free translation of your personal documents or to submit a request, you can contact one of our campus AMEP offices. Your documents will be sent to a translating service.
You will need to provide evidence of your eligibility for this service when submitting your documents for translation, e.g. your passport with entry stamp or visa label.
How can I become a volunteer English tutor?
The Smith Family facilitates the Home Tutor Scheme for migrants and refugees who need further assistance to develop their English language skills. The Scheme involves matching volunteer tutors with newly arrived migrants and refugees to provide one-to-one English tuition in students' homes.
As a volunteer tutor you will receive comprehensive training – no previous teaching experience is required. For volunteers this is a great opportunity to get to know other cultures while helping the students settle into their new life in Australia.
For more information about volunteering with the Home Tutor Scheme, please see The Smith Family website.
If you would like more information, contact us on 1300 662 848, then Option 2 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Who can I contact?
For more information contact our TAFE Western AMEP team
Phone: 1300 662 848, then Option 2
For course options, visit:
‘The Adult Migrant English Program (AMEP) is funded by the Australian Government Department of Education and Training’
What if I am not eligible for AMEP and want to study English?
Please contact the TAFE Western English language team to discuss our classes on 1300 662 848, then Option 2.