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Final contract signed for English language tuition in NSW.

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Minister for Immigration and Multicultural Affairs

The Hon. Philip Ruddock MP


Final contract signed for English language tuition in NSW


MPS 65/98


Contracts worth around $70 million have been awarded for the delivery of the Adult Migrant English Program (AMEP) in the Inner City and Eastern Region, and the Burwood, Hornsby, Newcastle and Rural NSW Region, the Minister for Immigration and Multicultural Affairs, Philip Ruddock, announced today.


The contracts, between the Department of Immigration and Multicultural Affairs and a consortium led by the New South Wales Adult Migrant English Service (AMES), finalise the arrangements for the delivery of the AMEP in NSW for the next five years.


Contracts for the other three AMEP regions were signed during March and April.


Mr Ruddock said English language ability is one of the key factors in the successful settlement of migrants into the Australian community.


"Studies have shown that migrants with a low level of English language skill tend to have a poor employment experience and can face social isolation.


"The new service delivery arrangements will provide better services for clients including a wider choice of provider, more flexibility in service delivery options, and better pathways to further study or employment".


The successful consortium includes NSW AMES, TAFE NSW, University of New South Wales Institute of Languages (UNSWIL), the Board of Adult and Community Education (BACE) acting on behalf of ACE Providers, and Lady Gowrie Child Centre.


"The Government's aim in moving to open tendering was to improve the flexibility and effectiveness of English language tuition, while ensuring best value for money," Mr Ruddock said.


Mr Ruddock said advances in technology would help providers deliver English language services that are responsive to the changing needs of clients.


"The measures introduced by this Government will significantly improve the quality and sustainability of the Adult Migrant English Program and will also enable ongoing improvements to how English can and should be taught."


Individuals entering Australia under the Refugee and Humanitarian stream will also have access to additional preparatory tuition to prepare them for the courses.


Thursday, 11 June, 1998

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