In December 2018 the Department of Education and Training commissioned Social Compass to conduct an evaluation of the Adult Migrant English Program (AMEP) new business Model (NMB). RCOA welcomes the opportunity to voice its opposition to changes within the NBM that negatively impact the settlement outcomes of refugees and migrants.
Our key concerns
English fulfils a vital role in the settlement process. AMEP plays an essential role in supporting newly arrived refugees in learning an adequate level of English to successfully settle in Australia and integrate into work, community and further studies. While people also learn English in a more informal basis through community networks, this cannot and should not replace the critical role of qualified AMEP teachers. TESOL qualified and experienced teachers are essential to ensure newly arrived refugees develop the skills they need to settle in Australia.
To this end, RCOA reiterates the importance of the AMEP. AMEP has a long history in Australia and is recognised internationally as a highly successful and well supported program. We reiterate the need to continually improve and development of this program. The following recommendations highlight some concerns RCOA has with the introduction of the new AMEP contracts. These concerns have been shared with us by AMEP providers and other settlement service agencies, through our consultation processes.