Adult Migrant English Program

Access to free English language courses to help you settle in Australia.

If you are eligible, you can get up to 510 hours of free English language education.

Who can join

Depending on your age, you may be able to join the Adult Migrant English Program (AMEP).

If you are 18 or over, you can join if both of the following apply:

  • you speak little or no English
  • you are a permanent resident or hold an eligible temporary visa.

If you are 15 to 17 you may be able to join, even if you go to school. Talk to an AMEP provider to find out.

If you are under 15, you cannot join this program.

You can read more about the Adult Migrant English Program on the Department of Home Affairs website.

How long you have

If you join the program there are time limits that apply. You will need to register, start and complete your course in these time limits. These apply from the latest of either:

  • your visa start date
  • the date you arrived in Australia.

Some time limits depend on how old you are.

If you are 18 or older you must:

  • register with an AMEP provider within 6 months
  • start your course within 12 months
  • complete your course within 5 years.

If you are 15 to 17 you must:

  • register with an AMEP provider within 12 months
  • start your course within 12 months
  • complete your course within 5 years.

Find a provider

Use the Department of Home Affairs website to find an AMEP service provider near you.

There are over 250 course locations across Australia.

Get child care assistance

If you have children under school age, you may get free child care while you attend class. Your AMEP service provider may arrange this.

If your AMEP service provider is unable to arrange this for you, you may be eligible for either:

Get help with costs

This is a free course. However, if you’re eligible, you may get Education Entry Payment to help with any costs of doing this course.

Where you can get more information

Read more about AMEP in your language on the Department of Home Affairs website.

Page last updated: 14 February 2020