Adult Migrant English Program

Adult Migrant English Program - Free English classes for new migrants

The Adult Migrant English Program (AMEP) can provide newly arrived eligible migrants, refugees and humanitarian entrants with up to 510 hours of English training. You will also learn about Australian society, culture and customs.

The AMEP is funded by the Australian Government Department of Education and Training. Please refer to the AMEP Factsheet for more information.

Am I eligible for AMEP?

Your eligibility is determined by your visa and passport details. You can visit a TAFE NSW location near you or contact TAFE NSW on phone 4229 0155.

What will I learn?

You will learn English to help you settle in Australia, as well as speaking, listening, reading and writing skills for everyday living and work. AMEP English courses are based on:

  • Preliminary Course in Spoken and Written English 10361NAT
  • Certificate I in Spoken and Written English 10362NAT
  • Certificate II in Spoken and Written English 10363NAT
  • Certificate III in Spoken and Written English 10364NAT

Is childcare available?

Yes, free childcare is available.

Can I work while studying?

Yes, TAFE NSW can arrange a study program to fit with your work schedule.

Where can I study AMEP?



TAFE NSW Goulburn


TAFE NSW Moss Vale


TAFE NSW Queanbeyan

TAFE NSW Shellharbour

TAFE NSW Ulladulla

TAFE NSW Wollongong

TAFE NSW Wollongong West

East Nowra Neighbourhood Centre, 2/80 Park Road, EAST NOWRA


Sport and Recreation Centre, JINDABYNE

Narooma Place, Shop M10, NAROOMA

How can I study AMEP?

Free document translation

Please contact TAFE NSW on phone 4290 0155 to check if you are eligible for free translations of your personal documents or to submit a request.

You will need to provide evidence of your eligibility for this service when submitting your documents, e.g. your passport with entry stamp or travel documents.

Want to know more?

Visit the Department of Education and Training website to find out more about the AMEP.

Free courses available in Semester 2, 2015

English for Employment Program at TAFE NSW Wollongong

Home Tutor Scheme Enhancement Program at TAFE NSW Wollongong and Shellharbour

AMEP student stories

Amel Riyadh Abdukareen Baliha

"I enjoy evrything about living in Australia, the people are nice. I love to see my friends, and love shopping."

Read Amel's inspiring story.


Read Ghada Al Hussein's story

Read Leila Hajiheidari's story.

Read Sakineh and Salimeh Ghaemi's story

Read Samira Al Salamat's story


AMEP 2016 Refugee Week Celebrations 'With courage let us all combine'

AMEP students at TAFE NSW Wollongong held celebrations on 18 August 2016 in honour of Refugee Week 2016. Student performances included an international fashion parade, singing and sharing of personal stories. The celebration was hosted by Didi Kello, English Language teacher and Majd Thabet, AMEP student.

A highlight included the Settlement Language Pathways to Employment Traning (SLPET) Construction students who performed their version of the traditional South African fold song 'Shosholoza'.

Gowrie children joined in the celebrations with three songs including the 'Barramundi' song.


Department of Education and Training, Canberra visits AMEP Wollongong

Six representatives from the Department of Education and Training, Canberra visited the AMEP section at TAFE NSW Wollongong on 18 August 2016. They were accompanied by representatives of the AMEP contract management team.

The days activities commenced with a tour of the onsite Gowrie creche that provides child care facilities to AMEP students.

A visit to the AMEP Certificate I CSWE class invited the guests to participate in a 'Who am I' session where students spoke about themselves, their country of origin and outlined some of their likes and hobbies. The representatives were then asked to share the same information about themselves with the students.

They also paid a visit to the AMEP Certificate III CSWE class that provides higher English language level students the opportunity to ask questions about the Adult Migrant English Program in Australia and its origin. Representatives then asked students about their learning experiences in the AMEP and also their pathways and career goals.

Classroom visits were followed by a morning tea with three previous AMEP students and three current AMEP students. The morning tea allowed students and representatives to participate in a more informal discussion about their experiences.

Representatives then joined in the celebrations of the student concert.

The day’s activities ended with a lunch with invited AMEP stakeholders in the Illawarra inlcuding Illawarra Multicultural Services and Wollongong City Council.


AMEP information in other languages

Adult Migrant English Program - Amharic

Adult Migrant English Program - Arabic

Adult Migrant English Program - Burmese

Adult Migrant English Program - Chinese Simplified

Adult Migrant English Program - Chinese Traditional

Adult Migrant English Program - Dari

Adult Migrant English Program - Dinka

Adult Migrant English Program - Farsi

Adult Migrant English Program - French

Adult Migrant English Program - Indonesian

Adult Migrant English Program - Japanese

Adult Migrant English Program - Kirundi

Adult Migrant English Program - Korean

Adult Migrant English Program - Nepali

Adult Migrant English Program - Punjabi

Adult Migrant English Program - Russian

Adult Migrant English Program - Sinhalese

Adult Migrant English Program - Spanish

Adult Migrant English Program - Swahili

Adult Migrant English Program - Tagalog

Adult Migrant English Program - Thai

Adult Migrant English Program - Tibetan

Adult Migrant English Program - Tigrinya

Adult Migrant English Program - Vietnamese