English and childminding funding

CHA has received funding from the Department of Home Affairs to continue providing conversational English with childminding in the hubs in 2021. This page summarises the requirements and expectations around this funding.

The funding provided by DHA enables conversational English in the hubs to complement and support the existing Adult Migrant English Program (AMEP), where new arrivals are able to access free English tuition.

For Terms 3 and 4 2021, the application for English and childminding are completed together. You have the option to apply for English funding, childminding or both.

The funding covers conversational English programs that your hub needs, however there are a few funding requirements to be mindful of.

Funding requirements

In practice, this is how we plan to work with each of these requirements.

 

We will need to know the year of arrival and visa category of everyone attending English in your hub. This needs to be completed only once for every participant. For example, if someone attended English in Term 2 and completed the Visa status form – they do not need to complete it again in Term 3 or 4. 

We have worked with hub leaders over the last six months to set up a data collection form that is simple and straightforward. This information will need to be collected separately to any other demographic information you may already collect. Click here to access this form.

All data will be aggregated – meaning no individual can be identified. While there are other criteria to determine AMEP eligibility, we are not being asked to collect these. We must collect their year of arrival and the visa they arrived on.

Your English facilitator will need to collect information each term to demonstrate how participants are progressing with their English learning. If your facilitator currently uses a tool, please continue to use that. If you have not already, let Eliza know what your measure of progress is, please email her with this information.

The measure of progress tool is completed once per term for participants that attend regularly (3 or more sessions over the term). We suggest that the measure of progress tool is completed towards the end of term, around week 7-8. 

CHA has developed a measure of progress for your facilitator to use and is available here. The progress of each participant in your conversational English program must be collected at the end of each term and submitted to CHA.

It’s possible that your hub already has a relationship with the AMEP but if you don’t, this is something your support coordinator will help you with.

How you decide to structure your hubs’ approach to AMEP referrals is up to you. You could consider inviting your local AMEP person to visit a couple of times a year, or you could refer people when you, or they, think they’re ready.

Please let us know what your approach is.

Invoicing

Once your application is approved, you will be asked to upload an invoice to CHA for payment through SmartyGrants.

Remember to make your invoice for English funding plus GST, and your invoice for childminding funding inclusive of GST.

The invoice will need to be issued by your school or directly from your English facilitator to CHA. Funds will be paid in two instalments:

The grant will be paid via Electronic Fund Transfer (EFT) once the application is approved by CHA. Our payment terms are 30 days.

Frequently Asked Questions

There is no limit on the amount of English funding that you can apply for. Childminding funding is capped at a maximum of $1350 (inc. GST) per term. However, please note that at this stage the funding is only available for programs running up to 30 December 2021.

If your hub already has a funded English program, that’s great. The CHA funding is available for anyone who needs it – however it is not mandatory to apply.

If you do not require funding for your English class, you can still apply for childminding to support the English class.

We may still ask your facilitator to collect participants’ visa status and a measure of progress. This will help us to understand everyone’s eligibility to attend the AMEP.

Funding applications closed on July 9 however if your hub is new we will consider a late application. Please contact Eliza for the application form.

Given it will be the first English program run in your hub, speak directly with your support coordinator on any questions you have.

Please see this PAGE or email elizabarry@communityhubs.org.au

If you have applied for childminding funding, but not English funding, it would be great if you are able to complete the Measure of Progress and Visa eligibility forms for your English class. Any extra data we have to report back to government counts, and helps us show them how valuable this program is to our communities.

About the AMEP

How does the AMEP and community hubs English work together?

The Adult Migrant English Program is a free, formal English language tuition program, provided by the Australian Government. It aims to take participants to a level of English that will enhance their chances of employment.

The program is designed for migrants and humanitarian entrants to Australia with little or no English. Eligibility criteria has been updated to make it more accessible to these groups and to extend the scope of the language learning. This change occurred in early 2021.

We may still ask your facilitator to collect participants’ visa status and a measure of progress. This will help us to understand everyone’s eligibility to attend the AMEP.

Recent reforms include: – enabling eligible participants to start the program at any point in time after their arrival in Australia – extending the exit of the program to the point where ‘vocational’ English is achieved to help ensure participants are better equipped to enter the job market – allowing eligible participants access to an unlimited amount of tuition hours – the use of online platforms to enable learning from home to enhance or to replace classroom-based learning.

The hubs’ conversational English program is very much a complement to, but could equally run alongside, the AMEP. The hub program generally provides more informal language support (through groups taking part in cooking, gardening, crafting, and general catch ups over a cup of tea) and can be viewed as a soft entry to the more formal style of the AMEP.

Hubs should always be the place that provides their participants the opportunities to practise and develop their English in a safe and supportive setting. As part of this funding, hubs will be able to provide childminding on site, enabling parents to participate in the classes which is a big bonus for women with young families.

Absolutely! This is already the case for many participants now

Yes, where this is appropriate. For those who have very little or no English, they may prefer to start in the hubs’ less formal setting, before moving into the AMEP. The two services can run side-by-side or follow each other.

There is no obligation for hubs to automatically refer participants into the AMEP.

You could speak to your English teacher or invite your local AMEP provider to visit your hub regularly so that participants become familiar with the facilitator and their program. The AMEP provider will work out when participants are ready for the AMEP.