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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.

Futher c​onsultation​

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

The Department of Home Affairs (the Department) 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​.​ While submissions have now closed, those interested can still access the Reform of the Adult Migrant English Program Discussion Paper. Stakeholders can also access the Reform of the Adult Migrant Program PowerPoint Presentation delivered during these forums.​

Consultation and funding model comparison report

The Department has revised the future AMEP business model (the revised business model) based on stakeholder feedback. Details of the revised business model, which is subject to Government approval, are presented in the AMEP Consultation and Funding Model Comparison Report​. This report also compares the funding of the revised business model with the existing AMEP business model using illustrative scenarios.

Further consultation with key industry and community stakeholders was held through a series of forums in December 2021. Those interested can access the AMEP Revised Business Model PowerPoint Presentation​ that was delivered during the forums. 

The Department’s response to questions raised during the forums is presented in ​Reform of the Adult Migrant English Program: Responses to commonly asked stakeholder questions.