Forum to Discuss Issues Regarding the Evaluation of the AMEP “New Business Model” - 2 March 2019

The Australian Council of TESOL Associations (ACTA), Sydney School of Education and Social Work (University of Sydney), and the School of Education at the University of Technology Sydney (UTS) are pleased to co-sponsor a Forum to discuss issues relating to the current Evaluation of the AMEP “New Business Model”. This Evaluation is being conducted by the consultancy group Social Compass ( The intended project outcomes are listed in the Statement of Requirements and the proposed methodology is outlined in the Evaluation Methodology Overview.

The Forum will provide an opportunity for those impacted by the Evaluation to come together with colleagues to discuss the matters listed in Evaluation Statement of Requirements. The agenda (TBC) will include consideration of the following issues, including the role and impact of Quality Assurance processes in regard to each.

  • the Australian Core Skills Framework (ACSF):
    • the appropriateness, validity and reliability of using data based on any assessments of student progress as a benchmark or Key Performance Indicator
    • its role in aligning the AMEP with the SEE Program
    • its currency in the wider VET system
  • current curriculum in the AMEP and SEE Program, and the impact on curriculum of:
    • the ACSF
    • DET policy to “align” the AMEP with the SEE Program and to regulate it within the wider VET system
  • teacher qualifications – stipulated program, curriculum licencing and regulatory requirements, including the VET Certificate IV in Training & Assessment (for further details on a recent report to DET, see AMEP Curricula and Teacher and Assessor Qualifications Guide)
  • criteria for the formation of classes, including the “targeted tuition streams” (“Social English” and “Pre-Employment”)
  • the multi-provider service delivery model.

The Forum will be of interest to those wishing to make submissions or contribute to the Evaluation and/or who wish to inform themselves of matters encompassed by it. The Forum is open to teachers, managers and volunteers in the AMEP and/or SEE Program and other stakeholders representing students and/or community associations.


Seminar Room 427, Old Teachers’ College, Manning Road, University of Sydney


9.30am – 3.30pm, Saturday 2nd March, 2019

TO REGISTER:          

Please note that registrations are limited to 55 people (due to the room capacity, kindly provided by the Sydney School of Education & Social Work, University of Sydney) and will close once that number is reached.


$35 (to cover catering).


contact the event organiser, Helen Moore, ACTA Spokesperson on adult ESL,

ACTA submission to the Review of Vocational Education & Training (VET) - January 2019

An Expert Panel has been commissioned by the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet to review the VET sector. For details, go to:

Based on a first pass of some of the extraordinary wealth of data from the ACTA Survey AMEP and SEE Program teachers, managers & volunteers (for which ACTA warmly thanks the 421 people who responded!) the ACTA Submission to the VET Review addresses four main issues:

  1. The ASQA requirement that all VET sector teachers (including AMEP and SEE teachers) hold the TAFE Certificate 4 in Training & Assessment,
  2. Standards of Provision – facilities and infrastructure,
  3. Use of student progress assessments as the basis of a Key Performance Indicator (KPI), and
  4. Working Conditions

You can download and read the ACTA submission here:

ACTA submission to the VET Review - January 2019

See below for details of the Survey and watch this page for more analysis of the complete AMEP and SEE survey to come.

Survey of AMEP and SEE Program teachers, managers & volunteers

If you work in the AMEP and/or SEE Program, we need your input!
This ACTA survey seeks your confidential perspectives on the operation of these Programs since the current contracts began on 1st July 2017. The results will provide Government, the Opposition and other Parties with clear and comprehensive insights into your experience in the AMEP and SEE Program over the past 18 months. The questions draw from consultation with practitioners and cover a range of topics, including curriculum, assessment and working conditions. It will take a little under an hour to complete (longer if you include lots of comments). You can log in and out if you can’t complete it in one session.

The response to the adult ESL survey has been good with responses totalling 349 (ACT 27; NSW 86; NT 3; Qld 68; SA 43; Tas 19; Vic 70; WA 33). 121 people work in the AMEP, 44 in the SEE Program, and 87 in both Programs.

These results are less impressive when we see that only 66% of respondents (230) completed the survey. The ACTA Executive would be extremely grateful if those who didn’t have time to complete it would log back in and finish it off.

The results would also be much more powerful if we could increase the numbers from the SEE Program and across the States and Territories.

The closing date for responses is now extended to midnight Monday 28th January. If you did not click DONE at the end of the survey, YOUR RESPONSES ARE STILL " LIVE": just use the same computer and search engine, and click on the link - - to be taken back to where you left off.

And if you have not already done the survey, please consider giving it about 40 minutes of your time over the summer break! And please SPREAD THE WORD to anyone you know in these Programs encouraging them to participate. They do not need to belong to an ACTA affiliate to participate. We'd love to have more respondents from outside the capital cities too!

Let’s make this survey such a HUGE success that ITS RESULTS SIMPLY CAN'T BE IGNORED!!
Please let others know about this survey -- your colleagues in the AMEP and SEE Program, both in your own Centre and elsewhere. People do not need to be a member of an ACTA affiliate to complete the survey. To be a success, we need as many AMEP and SEE practitioners as possible to take part.
To complete the survey, click here ACTA Survey of AMEP and SEE teachers, managers & volunteers
If you have any questions about this survey, please contact Helen Moore at

We really need you to take this first-ever ACTA survey of AMEP & SEE workers and to get others to participate across Australia!

ACTA Report on English Provision for Adult Migrants - May 2018

In the light of the profound concerns raised by our members about the consequences of the latest contracts for the Adult Migrant English Program (AMEP), ACTA has prepared a comprehensive Background Paper examining this Program, including its relationship to the Skills for Employment and Education (SEE) Program. The report includes verbatim accounts from teachers and recommendations for change.  Download the report here:

Problems in the AMEP & SEE Program 25 May 2018 - an ACTA Background Paper


ACTA presentation at the AMEP-SEE Forum, November 2017

ACTA was invited to present at the Adult Migrant English Program (AMEP) and Skills for Employment and Education (SEE) Service Provider Forum, held 16-17 November 2017. Helen Moore represented ACTA, and delivered a presentation on "Reforming English Language Provision for Adult Migrants & Refugee Youth from the Top Down – Some concrete proposals from the Bottom Up" . Helen has also written a report on the Forum for ACTA members.

These other presentations from the Forum have been made available to ACTA by the AMEP Engagement Team of the Department of Education and Training:



ACTA has made a submission to the Joint Standing Committee on Migration’s inquiry into Migrant Settlement Outcomes. The ACTA submission addresses all of the Inquiry's Terms of Reference, specifically focussing on English language provision, examples of best practice, the importance of English language ability on prospective migrant outcomes, and social engagement of “youth migrants”. Read more and link to the ACTA submission on our Advocacy - Media Room page.


ACTA Response to the Request for Tender for the AMEP, August-October 2016

In early August 2016, the Department of Education & Training circulated a draft Request for Tender (RTF) for the Adult Migrant English Program (AMEP) and Skills for Education and Employment Program.
A key proposal is to split the AMEP into two “streams”: Pre-Employment and Social English. The Social English stream is to be taught by graduates with no teaching qualifications of any kind in classes of up to 25 (compared to pre-employment classes of 20). Expected attainment is one indicator on the The Australian Core Skills Framework (ACSF) compared to two in the other classes. The justification given in briefing sessions was that these classes would be “less rigorous”. Other aspects of the draft are also of concern to ACTA.
ACTA sent a response to the draft RTF to Minister Simon Birmingham and has also issued a media release. Please see links below.

The final tender for the AMEP and SEE was released on 7 October 2016. The issues of concern to ACTA in the AMEP tender were unchanged from the draft.  ACTA issued the following media release on Monday 10 October:

On 20 October 2016, Senator Doug Cameron asked questions about the AMEP tender in the Supplementary Budget Estimates 2016-2017 Committee Meeting- recording and transcript available here:

In the media and on the Web:

Monday 22nd May 2017:


In 2014, the Australian Government commissioned ACIL Allen Consulting to conduct an independent evaluation of the Adult Migrant English Program (AMEP), the Skills for Education and Employment Program (SEE), and potential synergies and the strategic alignment between AMEP and SEE.

On 19 December 2014 ACTA submitted its response to the AMEP and SEE review.
Read ACTA's submission

The ACIL Allen Consulting evaluation reports were published between May 2015 and March 2016:

The AMEP Evaluation report was released on 22 May 2015

The SEE Evaluation report was released on 9 March 2016

The SEE-AMEP Alignment report was released on 9 March 2016

ACTA Adult ESOL Interest Group: Professional Conversations

An invitation to join our new Facebook group!

ACTA Adult ESOL Interest Group: Professional Conversations

The Australian Council of TESOL Associations (ACTA) would like to initiate professional conversations about teaching English for speakers of other languages (ESOL) to adult learners.

Start or join a conversation about issues that are important to you and your learners. Suggest ways of improving teaching and learning. Highlight resources and professional development activities that have been beneficial, share your interests and ideas, and be a part of exciting conversations.

Moderated by ACTA Adult ESOL Working Group Co-convenors, Karen Barber (WA), Lesley Cioccarelli (ACT), and Elene Clare (Qld).
Just click on the link above, then in Facebook click on 'Join Group', and then Karen, Lesley or Elene will approve you.  It’s that easy.


--- NFSS

ACTA was represented on the Foundation Skills Champions Network, part of the the Foundation Skills Workforce Development (FSWD) Project in 2013. Australian governments have agreed to continue to support the Champions Network through a new project, known as the National Foundation Skills Strategy (NFSS) Project.  The new project will operate during 2014-15 and will encompass a number of initiatives to support priority action areas from the National Foundation Skills Strategy for Adults. To read more on Foundation Skills visit the website

ACTA provided a response to the consultation paper Scoping a foundation skills professional standards framework in 2013. The submission was prepared on behalf of ACTA by the ACTA Adult Working Group, incorporating feedback from members throughout the country

The Draft Foundation Skills Professional Standards Framework is the outcome of this work.


The Department of Industry has contracted the Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER) to develop an online Foundation Skills Assessment Tool (FSAT) to identify and assess an individual’s foundation skill levels. Read more...


The Core Skills for Work Developmental Framework describes a set of non-technical skills, knowledge and understandings that underpin successful participation in work. These skills are often referred to as employability or generic skills. They include skills such as problem solving, collaboration, self-management, communication and information technology skills.  Read more: Core Skills for Work Development Framework


Until recently it had been almost 20 years since a national approach to adult Language Literacy and Numeracy was on the agenda. During late 2010 and early 2011 publications by a range of organisations were released addressing the issue of Foundation Skills for adults:

Other relevant papers include:


The ACTA Adult ESL Working Group is a sub-group of the ACTA Council which discusses issues via email (and teleconference) as they arise and comes together to develop responses as these are required.

State and territory associations are encouraged to discuss issues and these publications with their members and to call on any volunteers who wish to be involved in the Adult ESL Working Group to contact ACTA

Any member of one of the state/territory associations affiliated with ACTA can join the ACTA Adult ESOL Interest Group: Professional Conversations group on Facebook.


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