Melbourne AMEP Launch

A message from Melbourne Polytechnic CEO – Rob Wood


On behalf of Melbourne Polytechnic , we are pleased to have been selected by the Australian Government Department of Education and Training to be its trusted Adult Migrant English Program (AMEP) program partner. The AMEP is funded by the Australian Government Department of Education and Training.


Melbourne Polytechnic will lead the Melbourne AMEP, a coalition of 18 TAFE and Learn Local organisations, who will deliver the program  hin the Inner Metro Melbourne, North East Melbourne, North West Melbourne, South East Melbourne and Peninsula, and Bendigo regions.


AMEP is a critical A message from Melbourne Polytechnic  CEO – Rob Woodsupport service assisting newly arrived migrants  and refugees in  to settle successfully within their new communities.  Our service gives students a chance to develop skills for employment, further study and social connectedness, which helps strengthen the overall fabric of our diverse society.


At our opening ceremony we heard from a recent AMEP student who has gone on to achieve incredible things in her learning journey. Samia Khochaba’s inspirational story with AMEP at Melbourne Polytechnic started as soon as she arrived in Australia. After leaving her home country of Syria due to war conflict, Samia spent a year in Lebanon before being granted a humanitarian visa to come to Australia.


Hearing Samia’s story and reflections about her great experience with the AMEP really captured the importance of providing such a program to our community. Samia also touched on the importance of the AMEP offering language skills for newly arrived migrants and to assist people to find, what Samia described as her “safe zone” in Australia. I thought this was a very special moment.



–Rob Wood, CEO, Melbourne Polytechnic