The Adult Migrant English Program (AMEP) delivers free English lessons to new migrants to Australia. The program offers up to 510 hours of basic English language classes to help you settle confidently into your new life in Australia. The AMEP is funded by the Australian Government Department of Home Affairs. In Queensland, the AMEP is delivered through TAFE Queensland.


Choose your language


AMEP is offered in tailored streams designed to meet your specific learning needs and goals. Whether you want to improve your English language skills for living, working, or studying in Australia we have a pathways that's right for you.

Pre-employment English

The pre-employment English stream is perfect for people who want to develop their English language skills so they can enter the workforce in Australia, or go on to complete further studies at a TAFE or university level. In this stream you'll gain both English language and practical skills specific to the workplace. Learn how to write job applications, prepare for job interviews, and participate effectively in the workplace. You'll also learn about Australian workplace culture and practices as well as develop valuable computer skills required to enter the workforce.

Social English

The social English stream will help you develop the language and life skills required to settle into life in Australia. This stream will help you improve your conversational English skills for everyday life, allow you confidently engage with your local community, and assist you to live independently in Australia.  You will learn how to access valuable government and community services, including Citizenship Test support. The program is also a valuable opportunity to meet other new arrivals to Australia, make friends, and develop a support network in your new home.

AMEP youth classes

Moving to another country can be a big change, especially for younger members of the family. TAFE Queensland understands the unique challenges facing young migrants with many locations now offering AMEP classes specifically for people aged between 15 and 24. Students not only learn important English language skills, but also participate in group activities such as sport, music, art, and excursions. These opportunities allow them to meet other young people in the same situation, share their experiences, and develop meaningful friendships.


Study options

At TAFE Queensland we understand that it's not always possible to study full time or on campus. That's why we offer a range of flexible study options to allow you fit study around your other commitments. No matter which study method you choose you'll receive one-on-one pathway advice and ongoing support from our experienced teaching staff.

By location

You can study AMEP full time or part time at any of our locations across Queensland. Depending on your location, classes may be held during the day, in the evenings, on or Saturdays. Studying at one of our locations is great if you prefer to interact with your teacher face-to-face and allows you to meet and interact with your fellow classmates.

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Distance learning

Distance learning is perfect if you need to fit your study around your lifestyle and family commitments. You can choose to complete some or all of your course through this study method and you can start studying at any time. If you study via this method you'll receive books, CDs and other learning resources and will be expected to complete at least five hours of study per week. You will also be in regular contact with a qualified teacher to help you progress through your studies.

Tutor support

If you can't attend AMEP classes, you may be eligible to receive support from a trained volunteer tutor for one hour per week. You will be matched with a tutor based on your gender, location, common interests, and availability. You can arrange for your tutor to come to your home or meet you in a public venue such as a library or cafe.

Self-paced e-learning

All AMEP students also have the option to complete self-paced learning by studying online. This is a great option for anyone wanting to fast-track their studies, allowing you to study both during term and in holiday periods.



AMEP is available to new migrants to Australia who need to improve their English language skills. 

To be eligible for the AMEP, you must meet all of the following criteria.
  • register within six months from the date of the eligible Visa Commencement Data (VCD) or arrival in Australia.
  • hold a family, skills, humanitarian, spousal, or approved temporary visa (approved temporary visas do not include the work and holiday visa, working holiday visa, or visitor visa)
  • have little or no English speaking, reading, or writing skills
  • be over 18 years-of-age (some migrant youth aged 15 to 17 may also be eligible).
In order for TAFE Queensland to check your eligibility, you will need to supply us with:
  • your full name (as shown on your passport)
  • your date of birth (as shown on your passport)
  • your most recent visa documents
  • your passport.

If you're not eligible for AMEP you may still be able to study English at TAFE Queensland through one of our ELICOS courses.

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Free childcare

If you have young children you may be eligible for free childcare to allow you to complete your AMEP classes. To access this service your children must be younger than school age or be waiting to begin their first year of school. The childcare service is only free while you attend AMEP classes and is not available for home tutor or distance learning students.


AMEP locations

TAFE Queensland Cairns campus
Gatton, Newton, Eureka & Wilkinson Streets, Manunda Qld 4870

Innisfail (Johnstone)
TAFE Queensland Innisfail campus
45 Flying Fish Point Road, Innisfail Qld 4860

TAFE Queensland Pimlico campus
57 Fulham Road, Pimlico Qld 4812

22 Gladstone Road, Biloela Qld 4715

Central Queensland University Emerald campus
Capricorn Highway, Emerald Qld 4720

Level 3, 72 Goondoon Street, Gladstone Qld 4680

42 William Street, Rockhampton Qld 4700

Central Queensland University Mackay campus
90-92 Sydney Street, Mackay Qld 4740

Whitsundays (Cannonvale)
TAFE Queensland Whitsundays campus
Shute Harbour Road, Cannonvale Qld 4802

TAFE Queensland Bundaberg campus
118 Walker Street, Bundaberg Qld 4670

TAFE Queensland Gympie campus
71 Cartwright Road, Gympie Qld 4570

Hervey Bay
TAFE Queensland Hervey Bay campus
47-95 Urraween Road, Pialba Qld 4655

TAFE Queensland Kingaroy campus
2 Geritz Road, Kingaroy QLD 4610

TAFE Queensland Maryborough campus
89 Adelaide Street, Maryborough Qld 4650

TAFE Queensland Mooloolaba campus
34 Lady Musgrave Drive, Mountain Creek Qld 4557

Noosa Boardroom "The Civic"
Eenie Creek Road, Noosaville Qld 4566

Bracken Ridge
TAFE Queensland Bracken Ridge campus
157 Norris Road, Bracken Ridge Qld 4017

Browns Plains
61 Grand Plaza Drive, Browns Plains Qld 4118

TAFE Queensland Caboolture campus
Cnr Tallon and Manley Streets, Caboolture Qld 4510

TAFE Queensland Grovely campus
76 Fitzsimmons Street, Keperra Qld 4054

TAFE Queensland Inala campus
54 Thrush Street, Inala Qld 4077

Ipswich (Bundamba)
TAFE Queensland Ipswich campus
Cnr Mary Street & Byrne Streets, Bundamba Qld 4304

Booran Neighbourhood Centre
10 Pendrey Ct, Woodridge Qld 4114

TAFE Queensland Loganlea Campus
50-68 Armstrong Road, Meadowbrook Qld 4131

Mt Gravatt
TAFE Queensland Mt Gravatt campus
1030 Cavendish Road, Mt Gravatt East Qld 4122

TAFE Queensland Redcliffe campus
64-68 Klingner Road, Redcliffe Qld 4020

South Bank
TAFE Queensland South Bank campus
66 Ernest Street, South Brisbane Qld 4101

Sunnybank Scouts Hall (Les Atkinson Park)
462 Beenleigh Road, Sunnybank Qld 4109

TAFE Queensland Chinchilla campus
9 Zeller Street, Chinchilla Qld 4413

TAFE Queensland Toowoomba campus
100 Bridge Street, Toowoomba Qld 4350

TAFE Queensland Warwick campus
176-202 Dragon Street, Warwick Qld 4370

TAFE Queensland Coolangatta campus
5 Scott Street, Coolangatta Qld 4225

TAFE Queensland Coomera Campus
198 Foxwell Road, Coomera Qld 4209

TAFE Queensland Southport campus
91-99 Scarborough Street, Southport Qld 4215

Volunteering with TELLS

Watch the video to find out more about becoming a volunteer tutor with TELLS. If you're ready to contribute to your community by becoming a volunteer tutor then register your interest.

Work Ready Program

Work Ready is an AMEP sub-program dedicated to assisting new migrants with transition to work. It provides an additional 200 hours of English tuition and work experience opportunities to further familiarise students with Australian workplace culture and values.

Course content includes English for work, searching for employment, creating resumés and job applications, preparing for job interviews, employability skills, occupational health and safety, and work experience. Eligibility criteria applies; contact us for more information.


News and blogs

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Former TAFE Queensland Adult Migrant English Program student Soojin Lee is using her past experiences to help other migrants settle into life on the Fraser Coast.

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In 2013 Rungnapa’s migration from Thailand to Australia brought about a world of changes. Not only did she face an unfamiliar language, relocating also meant leaving behind a well-developed career. But this meant the chance for a new career in child care.

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Education knows no borders for dedicated teacher

Inala-based tutor Carolina Cerda knows about the challenges facing people moving to Australia without knowing the language. Now she uses her own experience to help her students.

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Get started with TAFE Queensland

If you meet the eligibility criteria then contact us today to get started. We will arrange a time for you to complete an English language assessment and entry interview where we will discuss your training needs and childcare requirements. The interview can be conducted in person or via phone, and we can arrange an interpreter for you if required.

The AMEP is funded by the Australian Government Department of Home Affairs. In Queensland, the AMEP is delivered through TAFE Queensland.