Adult Migrant English Program

The Adult Migrant English Program (AMEP) is a free service to help eligible migrants and humanitarian entrants with low English levels to improve their English language skills and settle into Australia.

  • Learning English will help you to participate more fully in Australian life. You will learn new skills to help you work and make friends in Australia.
  • When you are in an AMEP class, free childcare is available for children under school age.
  • For migrants receiving Centrelink payments, learning English in the AMEP may meet some or all of your mutual obligation requirements.​

Am I eligible?

The AMEP is available to eligible migrants and humanitarian entrants who hold a permanent visa or an eligible temporary visa​ ​​and to Australian citizens who previously held a permanent visa. The principal visa holder and their dependants may be eligible for AMEP.

If you hold a temporary visa, click here to find out if you are eligible.

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    Class Times & Locations

    Classes operate from 9:30 AM to 3 PM during weekdays at all campuses. Saturday morning classes operate in Box Hill and the City. In addition to the face-to-face classes, online classes are also available.

    You can study one to six days per week.

    The Adult Migrant English Program (AMEP) is funded by the Australian Government Department of Home Affairs.

    Box Hill Institute English classes operate from four campuses:

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    Certificate II & III in English (AMEP) & SLPET Alumni

    I moved to Australia 2 years ago with my family. When I first got here, I couldn’t speak English at all.  I was even afraid to go to the shop or a playground with my kids because all the Australian people were friendly and tried to speak with me but I didn’t understand.

    After a few months, I went to AMEP to study Certificate II in English, and then Certificate III in English. When I finished my 510 AMEP hours I decided to go to do the SLPET course. It was harder than AMEP, but I did it. I got good work placement experience at Academies Australiasia Polytechnic. I didn’t want to go there because I didn’t have any experience in the education sector, my experience was in sales. It was really hard for me.

    After a day into my placement, I came home and started to cry and told my husband that I wanted to leave that place. I spoke with my teachers who told me it was only for 2 weeks, so I continued. I started to understand processes at my work placement, and I really like it. I also met some really good people there.

    By the end of the two weeks we exchanged gift to each other.  I was really surprised that at the end of the placement, I was offered a job by them. And now I am more confident and not unemployed.