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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.


The Department of Home Affairs is inviting public feedback on the proposed reforms to the AMEP business model through a discussion paper and forums. Stakeholder feedback will be crucial to ensure that the implementation of these reforms achieves the best possible outcomes for students.

Discussion Paper​

Those interested in providing feedback are encouraged to read the Reform of the Adult Migrant English Program​ Discussion Paper and provide a written submission through the online form

Submissions close on 9 July 2021.

Targeted forums

The Department will invite key industry and community stakeholders to participate in web forums to discuss specific aspects of the reform.

The forums​ will take place from 17 May – 9 July.

Invitations will be issued by email. If an organisation you represent is interested in attending one of the web forums, please provide your contact details through the online registration form.​