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Free English classes with Melbourne AMEP (Adult Migrant English Program)

AMEP provides up to 510 hours of English language tuition to help you settle in Australia

You can choose to study full-time, part-time, day or evening at an AMEP centre near you. 

You may be eligible for the AMEP if you are a migrant or refugee with a permanent visa or an eligible temporary visa. You must register within six months of your visa commencement date or date of arrival in Australia.

Learning English can help you settle into your new life in Australia, and help you look for work and make friends. You will 

  • improve your English language
  • learn skills to help you live in Australia
  • learn about Australian culture
  • learn English for working in Australia

We have a number of different courses to help you settle into Australia. Your AMEP Centre (where you have your classes) will help you decide which course is best for you.

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My English improved in the AMEP and I received helpful advice. English for the Workplace (SLPET) class taught me about work in Australia, how to look for jobs and how to do interviews. It was really helpful and the teachers were amazing!
Manal - Syria

What extra help will I get?

Flexible Study Options 

You can choose to study full-time, part-time, day, evening or Saturday at any Melbourne AMEP centre. If you need more support or are unable to attend Melbourne AMEP classes, there are options for study including: 

  • Studying with an AMEP volunteer tutor at home 
  • Distance Learning 

Volunteer Tutors

For extra English support we provide AMEP volunteer tutors. Tutors can help you

  • in your home
  • at the local library
  • before or after AMEP classes at your AMEP centre

English for the Workplace (SLPET)

If you need extra English and work experience to get a job in Australia, the English for the Workplace (SLPET) course could help you

Find out if you are eligible for English for the workplace (SLPET) here


When you are in an AMEP class, free childcare is available for children who are under school age.

Pathways Guidance

Your AMEP centre will provide you with Pathways Guidance. Pathways Guidance includes advice on further study options and job opportunities. 


During your course, you will also take part in lots of activities to help you settle successfully in Australia. This includes joining fun social outings, and mixing with people who are also new to Australia. 


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