Adult Migrant English Program
The Adult Migrant English Program (AMEP) offers free and basic English language classes to help you settle into your new life in Australia. The AMEP is funded by the Australian Government Department of Home Affairs.
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AMEP is offered in streams 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 pathway that's right for you.
The pre-employment English stream is perfect for people who want to develop their English language skills to get a job in Australia or complete further studies at TAFE or university. 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 and develop valuable computer skills.
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, engage with your local community, and live independently in Australia. You will learn how to access government and community services, meet other new arrivals to Australia, make friends, and develop a support network in your new home.
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 classes specifically for people aged between 15 and 24. In addition to important English language skills, students participate in group activities such as sport, music, art, and excursions. These opportunities allow them to meet other young people in similar situations and develop meaningful friendships.
You can study AMEP full time or part time at any of our Queensland locations. Depending on your location, classes may be held during the day, in the evenings, on or Saturdays. Studying in class is great if you prefer to speak with your teacher face-to-face and meet and interact with your fellow classmates.
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. 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.
If you can't attend classes, you may be eligible to receive support from a trained 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.
All AMEP students have the option to complete self-paced learning online. This is a great option for anyone wanting to study both during term and in holiday periods.
AMEP is available to migrants who need to improve their English language skills.
You are eligible if you meet the following criteria:
- 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 low 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:
- 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.
TAFE Queensland Atherton campus
Cnr Vernon & Mabel Street, Atherton Qld 4883
TAFE Queensland Cairns campus
Gatton, Newton, Eureka & Wilkinson Streets, Manunda Qld 4870
63 Alfred Street, Manunda Qld 4870
TAFE Queensland Innisfail campus
45 Flying Fish Point Road, Innisfail Qld 4860
28 Peters St, Mareeba, Qld 4880
Community Hub – Aitkenvale State School
67 – 85 Wotton Street, Aitkenvale Qld 4814
TAFE Queensland Pimlico campus
57 Fulham Road, Pimlico Qld 4812
10 Morganbury Road, Walkamin Qld 4872
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
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
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
Suite 1, 131 Bazaar St, Maryborough Qld 4650
TAFE Queensland Nambour Campus
91 Windsor Rd, Burnside 4560
TAFE Queensland Mooloolaba campus
34 Lady Musgrave Drive, Mountain Creek Qld 4557
Noosa Boardroom "The Civic"
Eenie Creek Road, Noosaville Qld 4566
TAFE Queensland Bracken Ridge campus
157 Norris Road, Bracken Ridge Qld 4017
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
TAFE Queensland Ipswich campus
Cnr Mary Street & Byrne Streets, Bundamba Qld 4304
TAFE Queensland Loganlea Campus
50-68 Armstrong Road, Meadowbrook Qld 4131
TAFE Queensland Mt Gravatt campus
1030 Cavendish Road, Mt Gravatt East Qld 4122
Marsden State School
32 Hickory St, Marsden 4132
TAFE Queensland Redcliffe campus
64-68 Klingner Road, Redcliffe Qld 4020
TAFE Queensland South Bank campus
66 Ernest Street, South Brisbane Qld 4101
462 Beenleigh Road, Sunnybank Hills Qld 4109
Souths Sunnybank Rugby League Football Club
77 Woff St, Sunnybank 4109
Woodridge North State School
3/11 Arthur St, Woodridge 4114
Wembley Rd & Railway Pde Woodridge 4114
Booran Neighbourhood Centre
10 Pendrey Ct, Woodridge Qld 4114
TAFE Queensland Gatton campus
34 Lake Apex Drive, Gatton Qld 4343
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 Robina campus
Building 3, 94 Laver Drive Robina Qld 4128
TAFE Queensland Southport campus
91-99 Scarborough Street, Southport Qld 4215
You may be eligible for free childcare during 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. This service is only available while you attend AMEP classes and is not available for tutor or distance learning students.
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Work Ready is an AMEP program which prepares migrants for work in Australia.
Course content includes work experience in a local workplace, creating resumés and job applications, preparing for job interviews, employability skills, and occupational health and safety. Contact us for more information.
Through embracing opportunities, Malinda, a Sri Lankan migrant begins a career in the Australian Disability sector after completing the Adult Migrant English Program (AMEP) at TAFE Queensland.
TAFE Queensland recently received recognition at the 2023 Adult Migrant English Program (AMEP) 75th Anniversary Conference awards, with a TAFE Queensland teacher, student and volunteer winning awards that recognised their achievement and commitment to the AMEP.
Conflict forced Totoya and her sisters to leave Sudan and live in a Kenyan refugee camp for 15 years, but since completing the AMEP she is a business owner and has no plans of slowing down.
Adult Migrant English Program (AMEP) students, teachers and invited guests gathered at TAFE Queensland’s Toowoomba campus to celebrate 75 years of the program’s impact and rich history of education in the community recently.
TAFE Queensland joins the rest of Australia in celebrating International Volunteer Day on December 5th, honouring the countless volunteers who make significant contributions throughout Australia. Among these volunteers is Laura Lombardozzi, who is volunteering in the Adult Migrant English Program (AMEP) and has played a particularly crucial role in assisting Maryna Vyrva.
Ploy Thaowanpiput is living her own Australian dream – raising her family and finding work that she loves.
Toowoomba's AMEP Youth students raised funds for an overnight stay at Camp Cooby, located by Lake Cooby, offering rock climbing, archery, and canoeing.