GOOD NEWS FOR AMEP STUDENTS!!!
The Australian government recently announced that changes will soon be made to the Immigration (Education) Act 1971
The Adult Migrant Education Program (AMEP) currently provides new migrants with 510 hours of free English classes over 5 years. Once the changes have been passed in Parliament, they will:
- remove the limit of 510 hours (unlimited hours until higher level of English is achieved);
- remove the time limits on enrolling, commencing and completing AMEP tuition (for those already in Australia as at 1 October 2020);
- raise the exit point for the program (from functional to vocational English);
These changes mean that more migrants will be able to access free English classes for longer and until they reach a higher level of proficiency.
The changes have not happened yet, but we expect they will take effect in 2021.
If you are a current or past student and you are interested in more information as it becomes available, please register your interest by emailing us at firstname.lastname@example.org
EXCITING ANNOUNCEMENT FOR GEALC!
It was GEALC’s absolute pleasure and honour in October 2018 to host the then Minister for Families and Children, Jenny Mikakos MP, along with Nick Staikos MP (State Member for Bentleigh), Sorina Grasso (Candidate for Caulfield), Steve Dimopoulos MP (State Member for Oakleigh), David Perry (Neighbourhood Houses Victoria) and Steve Clancy and Emma Cross (Department of Health & Human Services). Jenny Mikakos visited GEALC to announce it was one of 27 additional neighbourhood houses that will receive ongoing funding through the Neighbourhood Houses Coordination Program. This special announcement is massive and something GEALC had been working towards for 7 years!, We are thrilled and extremely grateful to receive this significant extra funding. It has made a huge difference to the service we provide to our students and community.
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