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Adult Migrant English Program (AMEP)

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What we do

The Adult Migrant English Program (AMEP) provides English language tuition to eligible new migrants and humanitarian entrants. The AMEP aims to assist you learn English so you can to successfully settle and participate in social and work situations in Australia. In the Northern Territory, courses are offered at the following CDU campuses: Darwin, Palmerston and Alice Springs.

Distance Learning is also available if you are unable to attend classes. When you study in AMEP you will have access to the University library and computer labs. At Casuarina campus, you can access the after-class study facilities.

The Adult Migrant English Program (AMEP) is funded by the Australian Government Department of Education and Training.

For more information on the AMEP, please visit the Department of Education and Training.

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Office of VET Business Improvement, English as a Second Language team

Casuarina Campus

Orange 4, Level 1
Ellengowan Drive
Casuarina NT 0909
T: 8946 6578
Freecall: 1800 019 119
E: migrantesl@cdu.edu.au

Alice Springs Campus

Grevillea Drive
Building 15, Level 2, Room 03
Alice Springs NT 0870
T: 08 8959 5254
Freecall: 1800 654 865
Freecall: 1800 019 119

Nhulunbuy Centre

Chesterfield Circuit
Nhulunbuy NT 0880
T: 08 8986 8600
Freecall: 1800 019 119

Palmerston Campus

University Avenue
Building C, Level 2
Palmerston NT 0830
T: 08 8946 7951
Freecall: 1800 019 119

The AMEP offers a minimum of 510 hours of free English language tuition to eligible new migrants and refugees and is administered by the Department of Education and Training. You can learn English: in the classroom, with a volunteer tutor, with the Distance Learning Service or a combination of these. AMEP clients with children under school age can access free childcare while they study. To find out if you are eligible, please phone the AMEP NT on 8946 6578.

On entry, you will have an interview with an AMEP Counsellor who will discuss learning options, pathways and assess your English language proficiency. You will enrol in the Certificates in Spoken and Written English.

The Independent Learning Centre (ILC) is open Monday to Friday from 1.30pm to 2.30pm to all students studying in the Certificates in Spoken and Written English.

A tutor is available every day to help you with your language study. The ILC includes access to computers, internet, computerised language learning software, language books and other resources.

Where: Charles Darwin University, Casuarina campus, Orange 4, level 1 room 33


When: Monday to Friday, 1.30pm - 2.30pm

Eligible students can study at home under the AMEP Distance Learning program. As a distance learning student, you can:

  • have a weekly one-hour lesson with a qualified teacher via phone or Skype
  • contact your teacher by email
  • receive supplementary learning activities by mail and email
  • do some or all of your 510 AMEP hours at home with AMEP Distance Learning
  • study for up to 48 weeks of the year
  • work with a Home Tutor or study in formal AMEP classes in conjunction with Distant Learning.

Distance Learning students will use five AMEP hours per week for every one hour contact with their DL teacher.

If you are interested in enrolling in Distance Learning or would like more information, please speak to your AMEP Counsellor.

The Home Tutor Scheme is available to AMEP students who attend formal classes for less than 10 hours per week or for those who can’t attend formal classes.

Where: Students are matched with a trained home tutor who will visit them in their home (or another convenient location).

When: Tutoring sessions can take place once or twice a week for an hour, during the day, evening or on weekends.

What: The tutoring sessions help students improve their speaking, listening, reading and writing skills and helps with gaining a better understanding of Australian society.

Our Tutors are volunteers who help AMEP students learn English and about settling into life in Australia.

If you are interested in volunteering in the AMEP, please contact our Home Tutor Scheme Coordinator who can talk to you about our free training course.

The Department of Social Services provides a free translating service for people settling permanently in Australia. Eligible permanent residents, some temporary or provisional visa holders and  Australian citizens settling permanently in Australia are provided with a free translating service.

You can ask for free translation of personal documents at any AMEP tuition centre. Talk to Betty at Reception about sending your documents to the translation service provider.

Documents include: Birth certificates, Marriage certificates, Drivers licence, Vaccination certificates, Primary, Secondary, Vocational and Higher Education certificates, Trade certificates and Employment References.

For more information, please visit the Department of Social Services.