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Budget 2006: English language tuition for young migrants.

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English language tuition for young migrants

9 May 2006 BUD 04/06

New school-age migrants will have additional support to learn English language skills to improve their education and job prospects, with additional support announced in the 2006-07 Budget today.

From the beginning of the 2007 school year, more young people who have arrived to settle in Australia will be eligible for assistance from the Australian Government to undertake intensive English language


The English as a Second Language - New Arrivals (ESL-NA) Programme provides assistance for around 12,000 young people each year. The 2006-07 Budget commits an additional $40.8 million over the next four years 2006-07 to 2009-10 to expand eligibility for the Programme, so that from 2007, assistance will also be available to young people who enter under a range of visa categories in the Family Migration stream.

"The Australian Government is committed to assisting newly-arrived young settlers gain English language skills that will serve them well at school and will expand their opportunities after they leave school," said the Minister for Education, Science and Training, the Hon Julie Bishop MP.

"This change will increase significantly the number of young school-aged people who are assisted to access intensive English language tuition soon after they arrive. It will complement other settlement services available to newly-arrived families."

This initiative will bring the assistance available to school-aged children under the ESL-NA Programme, into line with the assistance available to working-age newly arrived adults under the Adult Migrant English Programme (AMEP) and the Language, Literacy and Numeracy Programme (LLNP).

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Why is this important?

z The English as a Second Language - New Arrivals (ESL-NA)

Programme funds intensive English language tuition for recently arrived school-aged migrants in order to improve their educational outcomes and employability. The education authorities are funded for each student who meets the ESL-NA Programme eligibility criteria. z Currently, young people holding a range of visa subclasses,

which are used as part of the Family Migration stream, do not have access to English language tuition provided through the ESL-NA Programme. z The announced change will mean that from the beginning of the

2007 school year these young people will have access to intensive English language tuition if they need it. z The change will bring the ESL-NA Programme into line with the

Adult Migrant English Programme (AMEP), which is administered by Department of Immigration and Multicultural Affairs, and the Language, Literacy and Numeracy Programme (LLNP), which is administered by the Department of Education, Science and Training. Adults in the visa categories listed above already have access to assistance from the AMEP and LLNP.

Who will benefit?

z In 2005 the ESL-NA Programme assisted around 12,200 young

people at a cost of around $61.5 million. ESL-NA funding for the 2005-08 quadrennium is estimated to be $249 million. z It is expected that the announced change will significantly

increase the number of young people assisted in 2007 and in the following years. z This change to ESL-NA Programme eligibility will benefit a new

group of newly arrived migrant children who need intensive English language tuition. They are those who hold a range of visa sub-classes which are used as part of the Family Migration stream.

What funding is the Government committing to the initiative?

z It is estimated that this initiative will cost an additional $40.8

million over the four years to 2009-10.

What have we done in the past?

z Australia-wide, over the last three years the ESL-NA Programme

has assisted almost 34,000 newly arrived school-aged students with intensive English language tuition.

Media Contacts

Minister Bishop’s Office: Murray Hansen 0417 886 155

Dept of Education, Science & Training: Virginia Cook 0412 971 323

When will the initiative conclude?

z The change is ongoing.

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