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Adult Migrant English Program (AMEP)

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


The AMEP is an English language program for newly arrived adult migrants or refugees who are permanent residents in Australia.

What will you learn?

You will spend approximately 510 hours improving your written and spoken English.

Under the Special Preparatory Program, refugees may be eligible for additional hours under certain visa conditions.  

How will the AMEP help you?

You will improve your English language skills. This will help you find a job, settle in Australia, go on to further study and make new friends.

We can also help you look for a job or plan your study at TAFE or university.

If you wish to continue studying once you have completed the AMEP, we will refer you to further English courses or vocational training.

Who can join the AMEP?

To join the AMEP (from July 1st 2011) you need to

  • register for classes within 6 months of arriving in Australia
  • have a level of less than 2 in at least one skill area (speaking, listening, reading or writing) on the International Second Language Proficiency Rating - ISLPR (ISLPR is the assessment scale used by the AMEP in Australia)
  • complete your AMEP entitlement within 5 years of arrival.

If you would like to check your eligibility for the AMEP call us on (08) 8226 6555.

If you are not eligible for study in the AMEP you may be eligible for other courses at TAFE SA.  Please contact us for more information.

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