Adult Migrant English Program evaluation
What research says about studying with the Adult Migrant English Program (AMEP)
The Department of Home Affairs and the Telethon Kids Institute have completed a longitudinal research study, supported by the Life Course Centre, analysing the effectiveness of the Adult Migrant English Program (AMEP).
The study found that participation in the AMEP was associated with better labour market outcomes. There was also reduced reliance on income support.
Information held within the Australian Bureau of Statistics was analysed for the study.
Key findings of the study:
The AMEP improved the English of clients, especially when clients studied for longer periods
Migrants with higher levels of English:
- had better labour market outcomes
- had higher income levels
- had lower rates of public housing tenancy
- were less likely to receive income support
A high rate of eligible migrants (79%) participated in the AMEP
AMEP participation was associated with reduced reliance on income support
(research paper D).
AMEP participation was associated with improved labour force participation. There were also higher incomes for both male and female participants.
The study was conducted by Associate Professor Francis Mitrou and Dr Ha Nguyen from the Telethon Kids Institute and The University of Western Australia and is supported by the Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence for Children and Families over the Life Course [CE200100025].
This is the most comprehensive study of AMEP participation undertaken in the program’s 75 years of operation.
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