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Melbourne Polytechnic secures AMEP contract

18 Apr 2017

Melbourne Polytechnic is delighted to announce that the organisation has secured a contract for provision of the Adult Migrant English Program (AMEP) in Melbourne, commencing 1 July 2017, for the Inner Metro Melbourne, North East Melbourne, North West Melbourne, South East Melbourne and Peninsula, and Bendigo regions. 

AMEP is an important program, designed to help eligible newly arrived migrants and refugees achieve better English language outcomes in order to find sustainable employment and participate independently in society.

Under the new model introduced by the Australian Government as part of the 2016-17 Budget measures, from 1 July 2017 AMEP will provide up to 490 hours of additional tuition for eligible clients who have not reached functional English after completing their legislative entitlement of 510 hours.

It will also remove the funding cap applied to the AMEP sub-programme, the Special Preparatory Programme, allowing all eligible humanitarian entrants to access additional training.

"Along with our sub-contracting TAFE and Learn Local partner organisations, Melbourne Polytechnic will continue its longstanding collaboration with refugee and migrant communities and support their successful settlement in Australia. Melbourne Polytechnic and its partners are proud to be a part of the AMEP,” said Melbourne Polytechnic Board Chairperson Mr Bill Forwood.

"The provision of English language and vocational preparation, through the AMEP, contributes to the economic and social wellbeing of these members of our community thereby strengthening the overall fabric of our society."  

Mr Forwood also indicated that Melbourne Polytechnic will work cooperatively with the exiting providers to secure a smooth transition for AMEP clients and to ensure that experienced staff have opportunities to continue to work in the AMEP program.  Mr Forwood envisaged that this would be implemented through coordinated and merit based process. 

The revised AMEP will provide increased flexibility and support for clients by offering a choice of tuition streams, which will deliver tailored tuition to meet their needs and goals. It will also improve connections between AMEP and other government employment and education services, such as the Skills for Education and Employment (SEE) program.

Melbourne Polytechnic's current AMEP programmes can be viewed on our website.

Link to the media release from the federal Assistant Minister for Vocational Education and Skills, Karen Andrews MP here.  A full list of AMEP providers effective 1 July 2017 is available here

Read about the impact of AMEP programs on the SBS website here.


Media enquiries should be directed to Melbourne Polytechnic Media Officer, Anita Coia, on 03 9269 1251 or

Melbourne Polytechnic operates across seven campuses and five specialist training centres throughout Melbourne. The institute delivers high quality vocational and higher education in industry-standard facilities.