The Adult Migrant English Program (AMEP) provides up to 510 hours of free English tuition to eligible migrants and refugees to help them learn English language and settlement skills. AMEP is flexible so you can study at your own pace. You can choose from a range of learning options including studying in a classroom full-time or part-time, day or evening, distance learning or out of class with a tutor. You can also access free childcare while you are attending your AMEP class.
You will learn English language skills and information about Australian society and services. This includes settlement information to help you understand more about living in Australia and how you can be successful in your new country. You will meet other new arrivals and have the chance to make friends. Improving your English, understanding more about living in Australia and meeting new people will help you settle successfully and will also help you to find work when you are ready.
The AMEP students study the Certificate in Spoken and Written English. This is delivered at Certificate I, 2, 3 and Pre Certificate Level.
AMEP lets you study in different ways and at your own pace.
Read the latest AMEP newsletter to find out information about current classes being offered in the AMEP and good news stories written by students.
From your first registration appointment until your final study hours, AMEP counsellors and teachers will offer pathways guidance to help you choose learning goals, understand your study options and to achieve your education and work goals.
You will meet with a counsellor when you first register in the AMEP and discuss how the program can help you meet your goals. You will also meet when your study hours are almost completed and the counsellor can help you consider your future options and what is best to do next.
AMEP eligible people have a legislated entitlement to 510 hours of free English Language tuition. During your 510 hours you will be studying one or more of the following qualifications depending on your level of English when you enter the AMEP program
AMEP also has additional programs to help eligible students with extra English language study hours or bridging into employment or further training.
If you came to Australia on a humanitarian visa, the SPP may give you extra study hours to help you with your English and settlement needs.
If you have less than 10 hours of entitlement remaining and have still not achieved Functional English, you may be eligible for up to 490 hours extra English study hours under AMEP Extend.
This can help you achieve the English proficiency you need to work or live successfully in Australia.
The SLPET Program provides eligible students with introductory training for a range of jobs and working environments. It combines employment-targeted study and English language support with the aim of preparing students successfully for a work placement and to begin job-seeking.
If you are 18 years and over you should register at TAFE SA within six months of arrival (extension of time may be granted by the Department). If you are under 18 years of age you should register at TAFE SA within 12 months of arrival (conditions apply). No extension of time will be granted by the Department.
Commencement: You must start studying within 12 months of arrival (extension of time may be granted by the Department).
You may be eligible for the AMEP if you are a permanent resident of Australia or you hold an eligible temporary visa.
In addition, you must meet the following time frames from the date of your visa commencement or arrival in Australia to remain eligible:
Our child care co-ordinator will help AMEP clients arrange a place for their child / children in one of the TAFE SA AMEP onsite creches. These are available at Adelaide City Campus, Salisbury Campus and Mt Gambier Campus. In some cases child care is provided in off campus child care centres. A number of our community based class venues have on site creches.
All children with arranged child care will experience a warm and welcoming care environment, which will stimulating and support their growth and learning. This will also enhance the child's overall development and support their settlement in Australia.
To register for the AMEP visit your nearest TAFE SA AMEP campus located at:
Adelaide City Campus 120 Currie StreetAdelaide SA 5000Phone: 8226 6555
Elizabeth Campus2 Woodford RoadElizabeth SA 5112Ph: 8207 9855
Gilles Plains Campus33 Blacks Road,Gilles Plains SA 5086Phone: 8226 6555
Mount Gambier Campus Wireless Road West Mount Gambier SA 5290 Phone: 8417 0315
Murray Bridge Campus Swanport RoadMurray Bridge SA 5253 Phone: 8207 3033
Noarlunga Campus Ramsay PlaceNoarlunga Centre SA 5168Phone: 8207 3033
Regency Campus137 Days RoadRegency Park SA 5010Phone: 8226 6555
Salisbury Campus16 Wiltshire StreetSalisbury SA 5108Phone: 8207 9855
Bordertown Migrant Resource Centre26 Woolshed StreetBordertown SA 5268Phone: 8417 0315
Cooinda Community Centre254 Sturt StreetSturt SA 5047Phone: 8375 6703
Marion Uniting Church9-11 Township RoadMarion SA 5043
Naracoorte Migrant Resource Centre64 Smith StreetNaracoorte SA 5271Phone: 8417 0315
Thebarton Senior College40 Ashley StreetTorrensville SA 5031Phone: 8159 3100
If you live more than 50 km from a TAFE SA Campus, please contact 8226 6555 for more information.
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