Reforms to migrant language program under discussion

Public consultations on the Adult Migrant English Program (AMEP) have begun as part of reforms to make English tuition more accessible.

Recent changes to the Immigration (Education) Act 1971 have provided greater access to government-funded English language tuition: reforms are now being considered to enhance the AMEP business model.

For those migrants who don’t speak English, language classes are an important part of settling in Australia and building a life here.

The AMEP is currently delivered across 58 regions by 13 registered training organisations Australia-wide.

This public consultation, supported by the discussion paper (Reform of the Adult Migrant English Program) provides strategies for:

  • delivering​ improved English language outcomes through the introduction of outcome-based payments on student language progression
  • increasing program flexibility, including greater use of educational technology and better access to applied English language learning in workplace and community settings, to improve client enrolment, engagement and retention; and
  • supporting teachers with greater access to curriculum resources and professional development.

The discussion paper and details on how to make a submission are available at Reform of the Adult Migrant English Program (AMEP).

The closing date for submissions is 9 July 2021.