At CNLC we believe everyone deserves access to high-quality education and supportive teachers. That’s why we offer a range of English language courses, (including learning AMEP) designed to meet the needs of migrants and refugees. Our courses are designed to meet the unique needs of these populations and to help them adapt to their new home. We also provide wrap-around services, such as mentoring and career coaching, to support our students on their pathway to success.

Students can enrol in our courses throughout the year under a number of Victorian and Commonwealth funding options: Learn Local, Adult Migrant English Program (AMEP) and Skills First. Eligibility requirements apply to all funding subsidies. 

We offer a number of government-subsidised courses for adult learners:

  • Accredited English as an Additional Language (EAL)
  • Pre-accredited EAL
  • Adult Literacy
  • Computers & Information Technology

We provide a supportive, local, learning environment in a community setting, both at 20 Princes Street and other local sites:

  • Carlton Housing Estate (Open Door)
  • Kathleen Syme Library and Community Centre 


Course costs: AMEP program is free to eligible students.


Free training to reach vocational English for

  • Work
  • Study
  • Services
  • Connecting to community

Please note there are changes to the AMEP program. The 510 hour limit on free English tuition has been removed and the time limits for enrolling, commencing and completing English tuition for eligible visa holders who have been in Australia on or before 1 October 2020 have been removed. If you need more English you can return to the AMEP, please contact us.

If you have arrived in Australia since October 1 2020, you must register for the AMEP within 6 months of your arrival date.

The Adult Migrant English Program (AMEP) is funded by the Australian Government Department of Home Affairs.


Victorian government-subsidised training places are available in our EAL courses according to a number of eligibility criteria.

Tuition fees are calculated according to the 2024 Guidelines about Fees –Skills First program. Fees are charged on a prorata basis. Students receive a Statement of Fees on enrolment and an invoice will be issued on commencement in the course.

For a breakdown of Skills First course fees click here, and Refund Policy click here.

The student tuition fees as published are subject to change given individual circumstances at enrolment. 

Skills First is funded by the Victorian Government Department of Education.


Learn Local courses are costed on a standard rate. In 2024 all Learn Local courses carry the same unit cost of $25 concession and $35 non-concession per term ($50 concession/$70 non-concession per semester).


Fee-for-service places are available to community members who are not eligible for government subsidised places. Tuition fees are charged at an hourly rate.

CNLC encourages individuals with disabilities to participate in its programs and activities.

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