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Adult Migrant English Program (AMEP)


AMEP_provider logo_small.jpgThe Adult Migrant English Program (AMEP) delivers tuition in the English Language to help eligible adult migrants and refugees settle successfully in Australia.

The program is available to eligible migrants, from the humanitarian, family and skilled visa groups. The number of hours of free English courses offered depends on individual circumstances. To view further information go to the Department of Education and Training AMEP webpage.
AMEP teaches more than just English, clients also learn about Australian society, culture and customs. They meet other new migrants, who may have similar experiences and goals, and they make many new friends.   
There is no charge for eligible migrants and refugees to study through the program. Classes are offered at a choice of locations with centres in Perth, Mirrabooka, Leederville, Clarkson and Morley. You can contact our centres (see Contact tab below) or phone our central line on (08) 9427 1377.
There are two study options:
  • Full time (20 hours per week in the morning or afternoon)
  • Part time (less than 20 hours per week in the morning, afternoon, evening or Saturday mornings)


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

Photos courtesy of (Jeremy) Liang Xu, AMEP client.




Before clients begin classes, they will meet with a Settlement Pathways Advisor to assess their English language skills and make sure they're in the right course level.  

Central AMEP teaches the following nationally accredited levels of the Certificate in Spoken and Written English:

  • Complete beginner: Course in Preliminary Spoken and Written English (CPSWE) - 10361NAT
  • Beginner: Certificate I in Spoken and Written English (CSWE I) - 10362NAT
  • Post- beginner: Certificate II in Spoken and Written English (CSWE II) - 10363NAT
  • Intermediate: Certificate III in Spoken and Written English (CSWE III) - 10364NAT 


The program concentrates on improving English language and literacy skills and also assists clients with: 

  • Advice on continuing further education and training
  • Finding and maintaining employment
  • Participating and engaging in the community 


Clients will learn about:

  • Australian culture 
  • Health: doctor, dentist and hospital visits
  • Water safety
  • Money and finance
  • Government services
  • Rights and responsibilities
  • The justice and legal system
  • Current affairs 


Settlement Language Pathways to Employment and Training (SLPET) 

SLPET is an employment focused course for clients to learn vocational English needed for the Australian workplace.

To assist AMEP clients with the transition to work in Australia, they can apply for an additional 200 hours of English tuition (including 80 hours of work experience) through the SLPET program.

Topics covered on the course include: 

  • Workplace English
  • Australian workplace practices and culture
  • Occupational health and safety
  • Workplace communication skills
  • Job search techniques
  • Writing resumes and letters of applications
  • Technology in the workplace
  • Computer skills for work
  • Equity and fairness at work

To be eligible for SLPET, clients have to be studying Certificate III in Spoken and Written English (CSWE III) and show commitment.


Distance and Online Learning 

The Distance Learning Program provides English teaching outside of the normal classroom. Clients will need access to a telephone, computer and the internet as the program is delivered online.

A qualified teacher will be assigned for 1 hour per week to work with the client via the telephone or Skype. Class information is sent in the mail or downloaded from the internet.

The benefits to studying Distance and Online Learning:

  • A teacher is assigned to one client
  • The course is flexible to meet your needs
  • You can choose to receive help from a volunteer tutor for up to 6 hours per week
  • You can study in your own time, at home to fit around your family and work commitments 

You may choose to study the distant learning component only,  or combine with learning English in the classroom.
Clients on the Distance and Online Learning program will use up to 5 AMEP hours per week.




Who is Eligible?

You may be eligible to study at Central AMEP if you are a migrant or refugee settling in Australia and have been granted one of the following:
  • Permanent visa and you speak little or no English
  • Provisional visa - eligible temporary visa
  • Youth visa - for young people aged between 15 and 17 years of age

You will need to register with Central AMEP within six months of arriving in Australia or gaining permanent residence and begin English classes within one year. You 
are entitled to study English with the AMEP for up to 510 hours and have up to five years from your visa commencement date to complete.

To find out more about our services, contact us on (08) 9427 1377 or visit one of our centres (see contact tab).


 Services and Support


How else can we help you?

AMEP Settlement Pathways Advisors

Clients in the Adult Migrant English Program (AMEP) have access to experienced Settlement Pathways Advisors with career knowledge and counselling.  They are able to assist you with:

  • General counselling – learning difficulties, managing work and study, personal issues
  • Counselling for victims of torture and trauma
  • Interviews for clients to establish pathways for achieving vocational and academic goals
  • Referral to external support services


AMEP clients have access to:

  • Central's libraries - resources available include books, CDs, DVDs, audio tapes and computers
  • English language teachers to answer questions related to English language learning

Translating Services

The Department of Social Services offers a free translating service for clients settling permanently in Australia.   Documents may include birth certificates, marriage certificates, drivers licence, vaccination certificates,  educational qualifications and employment references.


Central can arrange free childcare/crèche for your children while you attend AMEP classes.  Free childcare/crèche is offered for children aged 5 years and under.


 Volunteer Program


Volunteer Program

AMEP Volunteers at Central are recognised for making a valuable contribution to our community. They have an integral role in supporting migrants in the Adult Migrant English Program (AMEP) to learn English.  Type of volunteering roles available include home tutors and classroom assistant.

Home Tutors

As a volunteer home tutor, you will be suitably matched with a client.  Arrangements will be made to meet weekly at the client’s home or in a public place eg. the library.  Your role is to help clients improve their English speaking, listening, reading and writing skills.

Classroom Assistant

AMEP volunteers can assist the teacher by working with clients in small groups to develop their conversation skills and give new migrants the opportunity to learn English and share their settlement experiences.


Volunteers will follow directions from the teacher to help individuals or groups as required.
Training and support is ongoing in the volunteering role, and access to a range of resources is available to include the loan of books, worksheets and audio material.

If you are interested in volunteering

Contact the AMEP Volunteer Coordinator  on (08) 9427 1377 or email:







Find out from AMEP clients what they think of the program.





 Contact Us


Contact Us

To begin classes with the Adult Migrant English Program (AMEP), you will need to make an appointment with us to -
  • Assess your level of English
  • Agree  on the number of hours you will study each week
  • Type of class you will attend
  • Confirm your childcare/crèche needs and what AMEP can provide
  • Discuss and record your educational and career goals
If you are unable to contact AMEP by telephone, someone else can telephone ring for you.  We are here to help.
Contact us on (08) 9427 1377 or via our centres.
Central AMEP Is a friendly learning environment, a place to meet new friends and learn from others in the classroom.  Our staff are trained to assist you with information on education and career options.


 Our locations:

Central Institute of Technology
25 Aberdeen St
Northbridge, 6003
P: (08) 9427 1377


22-24 Chesterfield Road
Mirrabooka, 6061
P: (08) 9349 4806

Central Institute of Technology
Cnr Oxford and Richmond Streets
Leederville, 6007
P: (08) 9427 1377

237a Ocean Keys Boulevard
Clarkson, 6030
P: (08) 9427 1377


Morley Sport and Recreation Centre
Cnr Wellingon and Mangini Streets
Morley, 6062
P: (08) 9427 1377










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