The Adult Migrant English Program (AMEP) is funded by the Australian Government Department of Home Affairs.. The program provides free English language lessons to eligible migrants and humanitarian entrants aged 18 years and over. This includes all permanent visa holders, some temporary visa holders and citizens who previously held an eligible visa. Some migrant youth aged between 15 and 17 years of age may also be eligible.

The AMEP reforms

Key changes:

Migrants can now stay in the program longer and the previous 510-hour cap has been removed. People who were previously not eligible may now be eligible.

  • You can now access unlimited hours of English classes until you reach vocational English
  • You can apply to enrol, even if you’ve enrolled in AMEP before and have been living in Australia for many years
  • You can keep studying, even if you’ve completed 510 hours (the previous limit), until you reach vocational English

In an AMEP class, you will learn English language skills to support you with work, further training/study and connecting with the community.

You will meet other migrants with similar backgrounds, experiences and goals, and you may make new friends. All of these will help you settle successfully in Australia.

Free child care*

*Free child care is available for children who are under school age when you are studying in a face to face AMEP class. Please contact us on 1300 675 676 to find out more about free childcare assistance.


You may also be eligible to join the AMEP classes if you are:

  • a migrant with an eligible temporary visa
  • a refugee settling in Australia with a permanent visa
  • a young person (15 to 17 years - youth programs available).

For more information, please contact us on 1300 675 676 to discuss your study options.

At Bendigo TAFE, we have dedicated English Language training classes for applicants to the AMEP. Our classes are delivered on site in Bendigo City Campus.

We believe in providing an exceptional level of support to students enrolling into the program, and ensuring that they have one-on-one access to the teachers in order to achieve their English language goals.

  • We have a number of enrolment options available for prospective students. They include:
  • ​Online enrolments URL
  • In person – You can visit our Bendigo City campus in person to enrol into the program
  • We also have dedicated support staff available to guide you through the process. If you have any questions about the course you need to enrol into or require additional information, please contact us and someone will help you through the process.

Our classes are delivered at Bendigo City Campus.

Why Bendigo TAFE? 


The Skills for Education and Employment (SEE) Program


English courses to help you improve your English and prepare for employment

  • Improve English skills for further study, getting a job and working in Australia
  • Improve computer and technology skills

You can start anytime.


Am I eligible?

You are eligible for the SEE program if you:

  • are 15 years and over;
  • are registered as a job seeker with Centrelink;
  • are not a full-time student; and
  • meet the rules on visa status and benefits.

Courses are:  Fully accredited, both full-time and part-time. Delivered by experienced teachers


How do I get referred?

  1. Check if you are eligible: you can talk to the Services Australia (Centrelink) or your local Employment Service Provider (Workforce Australia).
  2. Ask for a referral to the SEE program at Bendigo TAFE.


Location and Contact details

Bendigo TAFE  - City Campus | 31 Chapel St, Building J, Room J.2

Kawakib Najeeb

Email: PH: 54341941 



Handbooks in different language

We have translated the AMEP handbook into the below key languages.


We offer a variety of courses to choose from. See them listed below.

Course in Preliminary Spoken and Written English

Course code: 10725NAT

Full-time (6 months)
Part-time (1 year)

Certificate I In Spoken And Written English

Course Code: 10727NAT   

Full-time (6 months)

Part-time (1 year) 

Certificate II In Spoken And Written English

Course Code: 10728NAT  

Full-time (6 months)

Part-time (1 year)

Certificate III In Spoken And Written English

Course Code: 10729NAT

Full-time (6 months)

Part-time (1 year)  

Certificate IV In Spoken And Written English

Course Code: 10730NAT

Full-time (6 months)

Part-time (1 year)  

Cert IV Spoken and Written English