Adult Migrant English Program (AMEP)

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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 newly-arrived eligible migrants, refugees and humanitarian entrants.

The Adult Migrant English Program (AMEP) is funded by the Australian Government Department of Education and Training.

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, evening or Saturdays
  • 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.

How do I know I'm eligible?

You can phone us or visit the AMEP office at 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?

At NSI our AMEP classes are held at the following campus:

Hornsby campus
205 Peats Ferry Road Hornsby (formerly known as Pacific Highway)
AMEP Office: Building C, Room C.G.06
Telephone: 02 9472 1995

AMEP classes are also held in Castle Hill. Contact our Hornsby campus for more information.

Meadowbank campus
See Street, Meadowbank
AMEP Office: Building U
Telephone: 02 9942 3670

St Leonards Campus
213 Pacific Highway, St Leonards
AMEP Office: Building P, Room P4.65
Telephone: 9942 0712

AMEP classes are also held in Chatswood on Saturdays. Contact our St Leonards campus for more information.

Northern Beaches campus
154 Old Pittwater Road, Brookvale
AMEP Office: Building D, Room D.G.15
Telephone: 02 9941 5318

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.

AMEP student stories

Bitna Oh

Bitna Oh

Bitna compares her arrival in Australia to a baby who needs to learn everything from scratch. So it is no wonder she was very relieved and excited, when she learnt she was able to start studying in the Adult Migrant English Program at Meadowbank campus in 2015. Read more...

Sunny Suqin Sun

Sunny Suqin Sun

Sunny Suqin Sun is from China and has recently moved to Australia. She is retired, but this has not stopped her from learning English. Through the Adult English Migrant English Program at our Hornsby campus, Sunny has enrolled in a beginner English bilingual class. Read more...

Larghun Amirjan

Larghun Amirjan

When Larghun first arrived in Australia he had lots of problems, because of his limited English. His life changed, when he began to study English through the Adult Migrant English program (AMEP), in an evening class at our St Leonards campus. Read more...

See our AMEP Student Stories page to read about our students.

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.

Here at NSI we also offer free training and workshops for volunteer English language tutors in community settings.  If you would like more information, contact us on 9942 3572 or email amep.nsi@tafensw.edu.au.

Further information

For more information about AMEP courses please download our AMEP brochure.

AMEP brochure - Arabic (PDF, 4MB)
AMEP brochure - English (PDF, 2MB)
AMEP brochure - Chinese (PDF, 3.5MB)
AMEP brochure - Chinese traditional (PDF, 3.5MB)
AMEP brochure - Farsi (PDF, 3.9MB)
AMEP brochure - Korean (PDF, 3.4MB)
AMEP brochure - Tibetan (PDF, 3.7MB)

If you wish to contact us about an AMEP program please contact us or email us on amep.nsi@tafensw.edu.au.