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Reform of the Adult Migrant English Program (AMEP)


In August 2020, the Australian Government ​announced major legislative reforms to the AMEP that came into effect on 19 April 2021. This means that more migrants can now access free English language classes through the AMEP for longer and until they reach a higher level of proficiency. This is the first part of the Government’s three-part plan to make English language tuition more accessible, ensure better quality outcomes and encourage greater participation. Reforms to the current AMEP business model have now been designed to complete this plan.


Stakeholder feedback is crucial to ensuring that the implementation of these reforms achieves the best possible outcomes for students.

The Department of Home Affairs sought public feedback on the proposed reforms to the AMEP business model through a discussion paper and forums held over 17 May – 9 July 2021​.​

Discussion Paper​

Submissions have now closed. 

Those interested can still access the Reform of the Adult Migrant English Program​ Discussion Paper.

Reform of the Adult Migrant English Program: Responses to commonly asked stakeholder questions

The Department has prepared a response document to commonly asked stakeholder questions received during the public consultation process.​

Stakeholders can also access the Reform of the Adult Migrant Program PowerPoint Presentation delivered during the consultation forums. ​