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Education and English

A good education is an important foundation for a successful and fulfilling life. A variety of services are available in Tasmania to help people improve their English language ability and/or their general education.

Schooling in Tasmania

Campbell Street Primary

Government schools

English as an Additional Language

Provides intensive English language support for new arrival students Kindergarten to Year 12 (ages 4 to 18 years).

Independent schools

Kindergarten to Year 12 (ages 4 to 18 years)

Catholic schools

Kindergarten to Year 12 (ages 4 to 18 years)

English language tuition for adults

Young Migrant English Program (Y-MEP)

Full-time intensive English study program provided by TasTAFE that uses subject content to prepare students for college, VET courses, university or employment. It is available to newly arrived and longer-term resident students aged 18 to 25. Contact TasTAFE for more information.  

  • Statewide
    1300 655 307

Adult Migrant English Program (AMEP)

Provides free English language tuition for new migrants and humanitarian entrants over 18 years old. This is a legislated entitlement for eligible migrants, funded by the Australian Government. Eligible migrants must register within 6 months of obtaining their permanent residency visa and begin tuition within 12 months of registration. They must use their entitlement within 5 years.

AMEP is provided by TasTAFE in Southern Tasmania.

AMEP website

AMEP providers

  • Statewide   Phone 1300 655 307

General English Program at TasTAFE

A program for Permanent Residents aged 18 years and over who are not eligible for the Adult Migrant English Program. Please contact TasTAFE and ask for Migrant Education South or Migrant Education North for more information.

Skills for Education and Employment

Provides up to 800 hours of free accredited training for eligible job seekers who need to improve their language, literacy and/or numeracy skills to help them get the job they want. (New arrivals must use their AMEP entitlement first).

Adult Tertiary Education and Vocational Education and Training

University of Tasmania

Runs a cross-cultural support service for current and prospective CALD (culturally and linguistically diverse) students.


Provides Foundation Courses and Nationally Accredited Vocational Education and Training

Tasmanian Asylum Seeker Scholarship

Up to two scholarships are provided by the University of Tasmania annually to support Tasmanian Asylum seekers who are on Temporary Protection Visas, applying for Safe Haven Enterprise Visas or are on an equivalent bridging visa to undertake undergraduate tertiary studies.

More information about the Scholarship may be found on the University of Tasmania website

Everyday literacy for local communities - useful contacts

Neighbourhood Houses Tasmania

A number of Neighbourhood Houses offer the Everyday Literacy for Local Communities Program to support individuals’ literacy development through practical projects and targeted support for people who have already identified or begun addressing their literacy needs.

Libraries Tasmania

Provides a range of great activities to assist Tasmanians to improve their reading and writing, whether for employment, life skills or personal enjoyment. Courses include computer literacy, employment skills, getting ready for work programs, and support to assist with study and returning to learning.

The Launceston School for Seniors Inc

Primarily for people over 50 years of age who like mental and physical activity and want to pursue existing interests or develop new ones. Launceston School for Seniors provides an opportunity for social, educational, physical and spiritual momentum for this very important part of life.

Online Activities for English as a Second Language

Quizzes, tests, exercises and puzzles to help teach and learn English as a Second Language (ESL). This project of The Internet TESL Journal has thousands of contributions by many teachers.


A network of organisations and individuals working together to improve adult literacy in Tasmania. Grants are available through the web site.

Adult Literacy Support Officer Register for Adult Literacy Programs

An ongoing register of qualified support officers with experience in adult literacy teaching and assessment to support the Tasmanian Adult Literacy Action Plan.

Tasmanian Council for Adult Literacy

The Tasmanian branch of an Australian Council supporting literacy and numeracy practitioners.

Office of Tasmanian Assessment Standards and Certification

Details regarding the Tasmanian Qualifications Authority testing of everyday adult literacy, numeracy and ICT skills necessary to receive the Tasmanian Certificate of Education (TCE).