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Adult Migrant English Program (AMEP) - CSWE I - AMES

The AMEP can help you to learn English. It provides up to 510 hours of free English lessons and childcare to newly-arrived eligible migrants, refugees and humanitarian entrants. 




You will learn English, from beginner to intermediate level, to help you settle successfully in Australia. You will also learn about Australian society, culture, customs and working in Australia.

You will learn speaking, listening, reading and writing skills - for everyday living, for work and for further study.

The Adult Migrant English Program (AMEP) is funded by the Australian Government Department of Education and Training. For further information go to http://www.education.gov.au/amep



Study options

  • full-time or part-time classes during the day, evening or Saturdays
  • at home  with a tutor
  • on the computer with self-paced e-modules
  • by  distance  education


Childcare can be arranged while you attend classes. Free childcare is available for children under school age.

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AMEP information in other languages

Click to download AMEP information translated  into: Amharic, Arabic, BurmeseChinese  - Simplified, Chinese - Traditional, Dari, Farsi, Indonesian, Japanese, Korean, Nepali, Punjabi, Russian, Spanish, Swahili, Tagalog, Thai, Tibetan, Tigrinya and Vietnamese.

Info  for volunteer  English tutors

Training allows you to work as a volunteer tutor with migrants and refugees who are unable to attend formal classes. Home tutors help their students learn basic language skills and adjust to life in Australia by tutoring for one to two hours per week. The training course is free of charge and is conducted by The Smith Family.

To read more about the program go to HTS - Tutor Poster

Full details are available from The Smith Family Home Tutor Scheme:
T: (02) 9085 7262  E: hts@thesmithfamily.com.au


  • Gain confidence to use English
  • Understand what others are saying
  • Improve your speaking, listening, reading, writing
  • Learn new vocabulary 
  • Expand your knowledge of grammar
  • Improve your pronunciation
  • Be comfortable in common social situations


Students can obtain a 10362NAT Certificate I in Spoken and Written English or Statements of Attainment for modules of the Certificate.

The Certificate I in Spoken and Written English is recognised throughout Australia.

You may be eligible for free English lessons under the AMEP if you:

  • are a newly arrived migrant, refugee or humanitarian entrant from overseas
  • are at least 18 years old
  • have a less than functional level of English
  • arrived in Australia after 1 July 1991
  • are a temporary resident who holds a gazetted visa
  • have been granted permanent residence in Australia since 1 January 1998
  • are aged between 16 and 18 years and unable to attend English classes at school

Take your passport to an AMEP teaching centre. Your visa and passport tell us if you are eligible. 

You must register for the AMEP within six (6) months of your visa commencement date or arrival in Australia.

Further details are available at the Australian Government Department of Education and Training.


ENROL NOW at any of the below listed AMEP teaching centres.

To enrol you will need to attend an interview at one of our campuses so we can assess your English level and arrange a suitable learning plan for you. See below list of over 70 teaching locations and the home tutor scheme.

You must register for the AMEP within six (6) months of your visa commencement date or arrival in Australia.

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


The Smith Family

Phone: 02 9085 7262
E: hts@thesmithfamily.com.au
W: www.thesmithfamily.com.au/hometutorscheme
Northern Sydney, Hunter/Newcastle, Illawarra/Wollongong, Rural and Regional NSW


Northern Sydney Institute, part of TAFE NSW

E: amep.nsi@tafensw.edu.au
W: www.nsi.tafensw.edu.au/AMEP

Hornsby Campus
Building C, Room C.G.09
205 Peats Ferry Road, Hornsby
Phone: 02 9472 1995

St Leonards Campus
Building P, Room P4.65
213 Pacific Highway, St Leonards
Phone: 02 9942 0712

Meadowbank Campus
Building U
See Street, Meadowbank
Phone: 02 9942 3670

Northern Beaches Campus
Building D, Room D.1.15
154 Old Pittwater Road, Brookvale
Phone: 02 9941 5232

Castle Hill Classes - Please contact Hornsby Campus for details on T: 02 9472 1995.

TAFE NSW - Illawarra Institute

T: 02 4229 0025
E: AMEPII@det.nsw.edu.au
W: www.illawarra.tafensw.edu.au/AMEP

Bega Campus 
Barrack Street, Bega 

Phone: 02 6492 9741

Moss Vale Campus
Kirkham Street, Moss Vale

Phone: 02 4868 0117

Cooma Campus
66 Commissioner Street, Cooma

Phone: 02 6452 0756

Queanbeyan Campus
Cnr Buttle & MacQuoid Street, Queanbeyan

Phone: 02 6452 0735

Goulburn Campus
Cnr Verner & View Street, Goulburn

Phone: 02 4823 1858

Shellharbour Campus
11 College Ave, Oak Flats

Phone: 02 4295 2105

Moruya Campus
2857 Princes Highway, Moruya

Phone: 02 4474 1812

Wollongong Campus
Foleys Road, Wollongong

Phone: 02 4229 0025

Nowra Campus
60 Beinda Street, Bomaderry

Phone: 02 4421 9851

Wollongong West Campus
36 Gladstone Ave, Wollongong

Phone: 02 4229 0025

Community classes at Kiama Community College - Phone 02 4232 1050; at Jindabyne Sports and Recreation Centre - Phone 02 6456 1925 and at East Nowra Neighbourhood Centre Phone 02 4421 9851.

TAFE NSW - Hunter Institute

T: 02 49302954
E: hunter.careerskillseducation@tafensw.edu.au
W: www.hunter.tafensw.edu.au/AMEP

Cessnock Campus
Darwin Street, Cessnock

Phone: 02 4993 0411

Muswellbrook Campus
Maitland Street, Muswellbrook

Phone: 02 6542 1142

Glendale Campus
Frederick Street, Glendale

Phone: 02 4979 1652

Newcastle Campus
Maitland Road, Tighes Hill

Phone: 02 4923 7132

Gosford Campus
Henry Parry Drive & Margin Street, Gosford

Phone: 02 4348 2290

Singleton Campus
York Street, Singleton

Phone: 02 6578 7121

Maitland Campus
Cnr Ferraby Drive & New England Highway, Metford

Phone: 02 4930 2936

Wyong Campus
Porter Street, Wyong

Phone: 02 4350 2324

TAFE NSW - North Coast Institute

E: nci.amep@det.nsw.edu.au

W: www.northcoast.tafensw.edu.au/AMEP

Ballina Campus
154-164 Burnet Street, Ballina
Phone: 02 6681 8910

Macksville Campus
5-9 West Street, Macksville
Phone: 02 6569 2005

Casino Campus
144 Barker Street, Casino

Phone: 02 6661 2024

MacLean Campus
Wombah Street, MacLean
Phone: 02 6641 1661

Coffs Harbour Campus
High and Glenreagh Street, Coffs Harbour
Phone: 02 6648 2481

Murwillumbah Campus
146 Murwillumbah Street, Murwillumbah

Phone: 02 6578 7130

Grafton Campus
Clarence Street, Grafton
Phone: 02 6641 1661

Port Macquarie Campus
70 Widderson Street, Port Macquarie
Phone: 02 6581 6224

Great Lakes Campus
Northern Parkway (Manning Street), Tuncurry
Phone: 02 6555 0618

Taree Campus
Montgomery Crescent, Taree
Phone: 02 6555 0618

Kingscliff Campus
Cudgen Road, Kingscliff
Phone: 02 6674 7267

Wauchope Campus
Young Street, Wauchope
Phone: 02 6581 6224

Kempsey Campus
58 Sea Street, West Kempsey
Phone: 02 6560 2934

Wollongbar Campus
61 Sneaths Road, Wollongbar
Phone: 02 6620 4725

Lismore Campus
Conway Street, Lismore
Phone: 02 6623 0271 

Community class held at Mullumbimby Prebysterian Chursch - phone 02 6578 7130

TAFE NSW - Riverina Institute

E: riamep@tafensw.edu.au

W: www.rit.tafensw.edu.au/AMEP

Albury Campus
Poole Street, Albury
Phone: 02 6058 2800

Leeton Campus
Palm Avenue, Leeton
Phone: 02 6953 9600

Corowa Campus
2 Murray Street, Corowa
Phone: 02 6033 7400

Tumut Campus
Cnr Capper & Howick Streets, Tumut
Phone: 02 6981 4800

Deniliquin Campus
Cnr Poictiers & Macauley Streets, Deniliquin
Phone: 03 5882 2000

Wagga Wagga Campus
Cnr Coleman & Macleay Street, Wagga Wagga
Phone: 02 6938 1300

Finley Campus
60-68 Denison Street, Finley

Phone: 02 5883 9700

Young Campus
Caple Street, Young
Phone: 02 6382 8500

Griffith Campus
Neville Place, Griffith
Phone: 02 6962 0444

Narrandera Campus
54-68 Elwin Street, Narrandera
Phone: 02 6959 5400

Hay Campus
178-182 Lachlan Street, Hay
Phone: 02 6990 1200

Community class held at Mullumbimby Presbyterian Church Phone: 02 6578 7130

TAFE NSW - New England Institute

Phone: 02 6721 9030
E: Anni.Heldtz@tafensw.edu.au  
W: www.tne.edu.au/AMEP

Armidale Campus
Block B, Beardy Street, Armidale

Moree Campus
22 Frome Street, Moree 

Coonabarabran Campus
16 Robertson Street, Coonabarabran 

Narrabri Campus
87 Barwan Street, Narrabri 

Glen Innes Campus
Grey Street, Glen Innes 

Tamworth Campus
Janison Street, Tamworth 

Inverell Campus
Cnr Wood and Evans Street, Inverell

Tenterfield Campus
High Street, Tenterfield 

TAFE NSW - Western Institute

Phone: 02 6352 0402

Phone: 02 6338 2519

W:  www.wit.tafensw.edu.au/AMEP

Bathurst Campus
Panorama Avenue, Bathurst

Gilgandra Campus
Wamboin Street, Gilgandra

Bourke Campus
Oxley Street, Bourke

Grenfell Campus
Cnr Rose & East Streets, Grenfell

Brewarrina Campus
Bourke Street, Brewarrina

Lightning Ridge Campus
Kaolin Street, Lightning Ridge

Broken Hill Campus
248 Argent Street, Broken Hill 

Lithgow Campus
Block A, Hill Street, Lithgow

Cobar Campus
45 Bathurst Street, Cobar 

Mudgee Campus
Cassilis Road, Mudgee


Condobolin Campus
Cnr Turner & High Streets, Condobolin

Nyngan Campus
Cobar Street, Nyngan

Coonamble Campus
Dubbo Street, Coonamble

Orange Campus
Anson Street, Orange

Cowra Campus
27-33 Carleton Street, Cowra


Parkes Campus
25 Bushman Street, Parkes


Dubbo Campus
Myall Street, Dubbo


Walgett Campus
Arthur Street, Walgett

Dunedoo Campus
Digilah Street, Dunedoo

Warren Campus
Burton Street, Warren

Forbes Campus
Cnr Browne & Harold Street, Forbes

Wellington Campus
43 Maughan Street, Wellington


How to apply

In person

Take your passport to an AMEP teaching centre. We can help you register and be interviewed for free English courses.

What our students are saying

"I want to learn English, find a good job and become a happy Australian." Emilija, from Latvia
"I feel I am part of this society now, not a visitor." Maggie, from China
"When I arrived I couldn't speak English well. Now I'm an accredited interpreter!" Junko, from Japan