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ARMS [Adult Migrant English Program Reporting and Management System] system a finalist for international award

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THE HON PHILIP RUDDOCK MP fVinistiir for Immigration and Multicultural Affaire

Parliament House Canberra ACT 2600 Telephone (06) 277 7860 Facsimile: (06) 273 4144


ARMS - the Adult Migrant English Program Reporting and Management System - is one of five finalists in the Education and Academia section of the prestigious 1996 Computerworld Smithsonian Awards.

Announcing the achievement, thie Minister for Immigration and Multicultural Affairs, Mr Philip Ruddock, said the awards were for Innovative technology that makes the world a more humane, healthy and cooperative place to live in.

"The Adult Migrant English Program (AMEP) provides newly-arrived migrants and refugees with basic English language tuition to help them settle successfully in Australia and meet their goals in terms of employment, education and social interaction," Mr Ruddock said.

"The ARMS system was developed cooperatively by the Department, Anderson Consulting and the education professionals who provide AMEP services In all States and Territories. It was socially designed to give tire AMEP the flexibility It needs to achieve its objectives.

"ARMS streamlines client access to the AMEP, identifies special language needs for groups such as women, youth, tire aged and refugees, monitors outcomes and allows service providers to plan programs to meet' clients' needs in terms of location and curriculum".

The winners will be announced, and the awards presented, at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington in June.


Media contact: Steve Ingram, Minister's Oflilce, 04.19 278715 David Doherty DIMA (06) 264 2993