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Government aims for excellence in the AMEP [Adult Migrant English Program] research function.

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Media Release


The Hon. Philip Ruddock MP

Minister for Immigration and Multicultural Affairs


Parliament House, Canberra ACT 2600

Telephone: (02) 6277 7860 Facsimile: (02) 6273 4144



MPS 111/98




The broad acceptance of a report examining the operation of the Adult Migrant English Program’s (AMEP) research body demonstrates the Government’s commitment to improving the flexibility and effectiveness of the service, the Minister for Immigration a nd Multicultural Affairs, Philip Ruddock, said today.


The report, published by Dr Andrew Lohrey of the University of Tasmania, is entitled ‘Advice on AMEP Research and Support Needs in the Context of the Post-Tender Operating Environment’.


Mr Ruddock says this report represents the final stage of a process to review the operations of the AMEP’s National Centre for English Language Teaching and Research (NCELTR), located at Macquarie University.


“The NCELTR examines what is happening in the Adult Migrant English Program in order to guide development of new and innovative ways to improve service delivery.


“The Government’s acceptance of the general thrust of the Lohrey Report and its recommendations with minor modifications reaffirms our commitment to improving the AMEP and maintaining its position as a world leader in the field of adult English as a Second Language (ESL) provision.


Dr Lohrey’s key recommendations are:


(i) the concept of a key centre for the AMEP remains valid in a post-tender environment ;

(ii) an AMEP centre for teaching and research, housed within a university or universities, should continue to best meet the AMEP’s needs for ESL research, professional development, evaluation, resource and information services, curriculum and materials development.

(iii) a new five-year contract (2000-2005) between the Commonwealth of Australia and a university or universities, for the continuation of an AMEP centre for teaching and research, should be put out to competitive tender immediately.


“As a re sult of the acceptance of the key recommendations of the report the tender process for the AMEP Research Centre will begin in the near future. A preferred tenderer is scheduled to be selected in the first half of 1999, with a five year contract with the successful tenderer to begin on 1 January 2000,” Mr Ruddock said.


“The Government has spent around $17 million in research on the AMEP during the last 10 years, and tendering the research provision service out will ensure that this high quality, centralised role will continue to be available”.


The review process also included an earlier evaluation review by an international panel chaired by Dr Terry Quinn of the University of Melbourne. Dr Quinn’s report is being published in conjunction with the Lohrey Report.


The AMEP’s achievements will be showcased in a major international conference on The AMEP: 50 Years of Nation Building to be held from 10-12 February 1999 in Melbourne.




Wednesday, 26 August, 1998


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