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Adult Migrant English Program (AMEP)

AMEP is a flexible program that offers eligible migrants up to 510 hours of free English language classes to help them settle in Australia.

Classes can be:

  • full-time
  • part-time
  • evenings
  • weekends
  • online
  • at home.

It may be possible for you to combine different study options.  Free childcare is also available through the program.

More information can be found in the Welcome to WA Handbook

Important changes to AMEP 

From 19 April 2021, the following changes occurred:

  • The 510 hour cap on AMEP hours will stop.
  • Students can continue studying in the AMEP as long as their English level is below Certificate IV level.
  • The 5 year limit on AMEP will stop. If a student arrived in Australia before 2 October 2020, time in the AMEP is not restricted.
  • If a student has already finished their time or hours in the AMEP and their English level is below Certificate IV level, they can return to AMEP funded classes.
  • Eligibility criteria applies. Use the form at the end of this page to have a discussion about your eligibility.
The Adult Migrant English Program (AMEP) is funded by the Australian Government Department of Home Affairs.

AMEP Expression of Interest Form (153 KB) (PDF document - opens in a new tab)


Please contact us using the form below to find out if you are eligible for AMEP. If you are eligible, AMEP staff will help you enrol and give you more information about how you can study AMEP.

We need your full name, date of birth and visa details to get started.

More information

Information about the AMEP - visit the Department of Home Affairs website(opens in a new tab)

Information about the AMEP in your language - visit the Department of Home Affairs information in languages page(opens in a new tab)

SM TAFE AMEP delivers the nationally accredited certificates in English as an Additional Language (EAL). There are different levels, and we will assess your English level to see where you should start.

English level - complete beginner:

Course in English as an Additional Language (Course in Initial EAL – 22482VIC and Course in EAL - 22483VIC)

English level - beginner:

Certificate I in English as an Additional Language (Access) (Certificate I in EAL (Access)- 22484VIC)

English level - beginner, next step:

Certificate II in English as an Additional Language (Access) (Certificate II in EAL (Access)- 22485VIC)

English level - intermediate:

Certificate III in English as an Additional Language (Access) (Certificate III in EAL (Access)- 22486VIC)

SM TAFE AMEP can help with:

  • registration and enrolment
  • full-time and part-time classes
  • Saturday classes at Carlisle and Thornlie campuses
  • access to home tutor scheme
  • free career and study advice
  • free childcare for eligible clients
  • onsite créche at most campuses
  • referrals to distance learning and e-learning
  • free document translation service*

*For more information about the free translating service, including full eligibility criteria and list of eligible documents, visit

SM TAFE’s home tutor scheme offers the rewarding opportunity for volunteers to help migrants learn English. People who volunteer for the program are offered free training by experienced teachers.

If you’re interested in helping to change lives, contact us using the form below to find out more.

Contact us

Telephone: 1800 862 166


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