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Government initiatives in the adult migrant education program

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59/84 10 September 1984


The Adult Migrant Education Program was one of the Government's priority programs for the successful settlement of migrants in 1984/85, the Minister for Immigration and Ethnic Affairs, Stewart West, said in Parliament today.

Mr West was replying to a question by the Member for Burke, Dr Andrew Theophanous, about the Government's progress in the provision of services under the Adult Migrant Education Program (AMEP).

Mr West said that out of the total budget allocation of $164m for Immigration and Ethnic Affairs, $43.7m had been allocated to the AMEP.

"Of this amount, $3.077m has been allocated for teacher permanency in 1984/85," Mr West said.

"This will bring to 379 the number of permanent teaching positions created since Labor won office in March 1983.

"I am particularly pleased that this level of permanency has been achieved for teachers in AMEP."

Mr West said that the provision of child care services was particularly important for parents wishing to attend English language classes.

"Over the last two financial years, $1.05m has been injected into child care services in over 40 areas. We have co­ operated with child care organisations, and consulted with the Office of Child Care and State Welfare Authorities."

Mr West also said that the courses - in - industry program for migrants wishing to study English on-the-job would be improved and expanded.



"Approximately 4,400 people attended these courses last financial year, and I will shortly be considering a report on the review of administrative arrangements for the courses, with a view to their improvement," Mr West said.

"Four new self-access centres will be established shortly, together with intensive language classes, by the allocation of an extra $280,000.

"Self-access centres are an essential part of the learning process for migrants.

"They allow migrants to study at their own pace, in their own time, but still under teacher guidance."

Mr West said that new Agreements between the Commonwealth and the States and Northern Territory would be signed shortly, to ensure future expansion and improved services for migrants under AMEP.

Media Contacts: Kerry-Anne Walsh, Parliament House, Canberra, Tel: (062) 73 3446 or Nick Spinocchia, Department of Immigration and Ethnic Affairs, Canberra, Tel: (062) 64 2184.