The Adult Migrant English Program (AMEP) provides up to 510 hours of English language tuition to eligible migrants and humanitarian entrants to help them learn foundation English language and settlement skills to enable them to participate socially and economically in Australian society.
Acting Immigration Minister Alan Tudge announced that attendees will now have an uncapped number of free English language classes in the program overhaul. Under the changes, the government has announced it will also remove the time limits on the classes, enabling permanent residents or citizens to be able to attend classes free of charge until they have acquired “functional English.”
Western Sydney is very happy to hear that the AMEP hours will no longer be cap and strongly support this change.
Western Sydney MRC Services Manager Anna-Marie Kanaan said,
“From our 40 years working in Settlement we know first-hand how important confidence and capacity is in learning English. It assists our ability to make connections, find meaningful employment and flourish in Australia. Everyone’s migration journey is different and so is their road to English acquisition.”
Western Sydney MRC Chairperson, Councillor Nathan Hagarty
“These changes recognise that each of us learn English at a different pace. We know language is a critical factor when it comes to increased community participation and employment. I welcome any policy that promotes and encourages migrants to become more engaged and better connected.”
Minister Tudge has also announced that Australia will be updating its citizenship test with a focus on Australian values with the aim of boosting social cohesion.
Highlights from the Minister’s announcement include:
- AMEP English language program to benefit those learning English
- New citizenship test questions focusing on Australian values
- Minister Tudge’s acknowledgement of contributions of community volunteer, specifically the Sikh community during COVID-19 pandemic
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