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Adult Migrant English Program (AMEP)

Learn English and digital skills to further your education, start a new career or get greater independence

What is the AMEP?

The Adult Migrant English Program (AMEP), funded by the Australian Government, gives migrants and refugees the opportunity to improve their language and digital skills to live their best life in Australia. 

This is a FREE pathway to further education, a new career, or a chance to transfer existing skills to the Australian workplace.  

The AMEP is also an opportunity for you to improve your English language and digital skills to help you communicate with businesses, banks and service providers so you can remain independent. 

Learn new skills with our amazing teachers and benefit from free childcare across our colleges. 

Our students find there are many reasons to learn English with the Adult Migrant English Program (AMEP), including:

  • A faster way to settle into life in Australia
  • Learning new skills
  • The confidence to start work
  • Meeting life and work goals
  • Making new friends
  • Creating a community network
  • Getting into further education

The AMEP also contributes to PBAS points:

25 points per week (contact hours over 15 hours per week)
15 points per week
(contact hours up to 15 hours per week).

Benefits of face-to-face learning at our colleges

  • Face-to-face learning builds your skills and confidence quickly as it involves different ways of learning such as reading, writing, discussion, group work, problem-solving and practice.
  • In a classroom setting, you can ask questions and get instant answers and help with issues you might be having. Discussions in class will help you express your ideas and opinions.
  • You will connect with others and feel a sense of community and belonging at the college. Many report making long-term, supportive friendships.
  • You will have access to staff at the college such as your teacher, bilingual support staff and Pathways Guidance Advisors who will be able to provide you with personalised support and feedback.
  • Classes are held in a set place, on set days and for a set time. Learn from your peers and teacher and be free of home distractions. You may also feel more comfortable in a familiar classroom setting and be more motivated to learn.
  • You will have access to college technology such as Chromebooks and Wi-Fi for your learning.
  • If you have young children, you may be eligible for free* childcare.

What our students say about our colleges

Students supporting each other for settlement success

“I saw all the teachers and other staffs are doing their jobs in a professional way, I really admire how friendly they are which made me feel comfortable. While I was studying they helped me not only with studying English but also with building my confidence. I found all the time I was studying there very precious.”

Anas Qasimi, Bankstown College, AMEP & PtW

“First the staff are very friendly and helpful. I met a lot of friends from different backgrounds, and I learned about a lot of different cultures. I learned a lot of different things about Australia. My teachers are excellent teachers (Tim and Annie). Thank you to Micheline is very nice and helpful. I would encourage everyone to come in enrol into Navitas it is a place to motivate students to learn better, I’m so glad to be here. Thank you everyone in Navitas.”

Chen Kam Po, Bankstown College, AMEP

“I enjoy speaking and reading English in my class, this course helped me a lot. I’m more independent now with my daily tasks, I do everything by myself. I recommend Navitas to all my friends and family. This course helped me to learn English and know more about Australia. I would like to thank everyone in Navitas Bankstown because they care about me and all the students.”

Habibah Jafari, Bankstown College, AMEP

Are you eligible?

The AMEP is available to migrants with a permanent visa or an eligible temporary visa, as well as Australian citizens who previously held a permanent visa or an eligible temporary visa.

Recent changes to the AMEP mean that there is no longer a limit on study hours or duration. If you have previously studied the AMEP and reached the limit, you are able to re-enrol in the program, or join us for the first time with no limits to your study.

If you do not meet the above eligibility requirements, you can still study with us! Visit here for find out more.

Watch the video below to find out more!

Which AMEP course?

Everyone has a different settlement journey. That’s why we have designed two AMEP pathways to make sure your learning journey is right for you. 

Pre-employment English: is a great course for people who want to improve their English and digital skills to help them find work in Australia. 

Social English: focuses on improving everyday language skills to help people settle in their community and access a range of services. 

We will assess your English levels when you enrol to decide which stream is most suited to your needs. 

Below is a full list of locations offering the AMEP:

NSWLiverpool24-30 Scott Street Liverpool NSW 2170
NSWCabramattaLevel 1, 2 Hughes Street Cabramatta NSW 2166
NSWCampbelltownLevel 6, Suite 6.02/171 Queen Street Campbelltown NSW 2560
NSWFairfield6-8 Alan Street Fairfield NSW 2165
NSWBankstown2 Jacobs Street Bankstown NSW 2200
ACTCanberraSaraton Building, Level 1, 34 East Row Canberra City ACT 2600
ACTTuggeranong175/245 Cowlishaw St, Greenway ACT 2900
ACTBelconnenBelconnen Community Centre, 23 Swanson Ct, Belconnen ACT 2617
ACTGungahlin108 The Valley Ave Gungahlin ACT 2912
ACTWodenWoden Library, Corinna St & Furzer St, Phillip ACT 2606

What you will learn

The Adult Migrant English Program (AMEP) will improve your:

  • Language skills, including listening, speaking, reading, writing and numbers
  • Digital skills, including using an iPad, the internet and social media
  • Knowledge of Australian culture and customs
  • Conversational skills with people on everyday topics, such as money, housing, work and transport
  • Communication skills to enable you to interact with government departments and services
  • English for computers and other technology
  • Ability to apply for a job and manage a job in English
  • English to apply for further study

Find out what to expect once you have registered.

Is the AMEP a recognised qualification?

All Adult Migrant English Program (AMEP) clients are enrolled in accredited courses including the Certificates in Spoken and Written English (CSWE). These nationally recognised qualifications help you learn the skills you need to settle in Australia. 

You can find out about the nationally recognised qualifications delivered by Navitas Skilled Futures here

PBAS Contribution

15 points per week (up to 15 hours per week )
25 points per week (over 15 hours per week)

How to enrol

You can register online today and a member of our team will be in touch to provide you with further information. Remember, we speak your language and can arrange a phone call in the language of your choice. Complete this enquiry form. 

Alternatively, call your local college to find out more. 

When you come to see us at your local Navitas Skilled Futures College, remember to bring your passport, visa or travel documents so we can check your eligibility and options.

Please ensure that you review program information in this handbook prior to enrolling with us.

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Initial Assessment Process

Once you have submitted an Assessment Booking Form to request an appointment for AMEP assessment, Navitas Skilled Futures will book an appointment for you and notify you via SMS.

This initial assessment will take between 1-2 hours and will assess your English language level as well as your current skills, previous experience and also any support that you may need to reach your full potential and live your best life in Australia. Find out more about the Initial Assessment here.

Volunteer Tutor Scheme

Are you wanting to support your community to learn English? Or would you like a little extra help in learning English yourself?

The Volunteer Tutor Scheme has been created to provide a little extra support to migrants and refugees who are unable to attend AMEP classes, or simply those who would like some extra help to learn English.

By choosing to volunteer as a tutor, you’ll play a key role in supporting students who complete the Adult Migrant English Program (AMEP), helping them to develop their skills in English and feel more comfortable settling into life in Australia.

Everyone is welcome to support the community as a tutor, even if English is not your first language. Teaching experience is not necessary, only a passion to help others.

To find out more, click here.

*Eligibility criteria apply. The Adult Migrant English Program (AMEP) is funded by the Australian Government.

Contact your local college to find out how we can help you study online.

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