English is the official language of Australia and it is spoken by majority of Australians and so learning how to read, speak and write even basic English can dramatically improve your personal and social opportunities. This can also be highly beneficial when looking for employment, as most jobs require communication of some form and basic English is often essential.
Government English language tuition programs
Adult Migrant English Program (AMEP)
New migrants with less than ‘functional’ English may be entitled to free English language lessons through AMEP.
Skills for Education and Employment (SEE)
Specifically designed for job seekers, SEE can provide up to 800 hours of accredited training to improve the job skills (including language skills) of unemployed migrants
English as a second language – New Arrivals (ESL–NA)
This is a program specially designed for school aged children to learn or improve their written and spoken English, helping them perform better in school and improve their future employability.
Workplace English Language and Literacy program (WELL)
WELL is a service organised by workplaces or companies to improve the numeracy, literacy and English skills of their workers.
Other sources of English Language training and assistance include:
• Community Colleges
• Private providers
• Victorian Skills Gateway
However, often one of the best ways to learn a new language or improve upon what you already know is through practice. Just by talking with your English-speaking neighbours, friends or colleagues you will find that you’ll improve quickly. Also practice your writing and reading as often as you can.