Overview and Costs

We offer a number of government subsidised courses for adult learners:

  • Accredited English as an Additional Language (EAL)
  • Pre-accredited EAL
  • Adult Literacy
  • Computers & Information Technology

We provide a supportive, local, learning environment in a community setting, both at 20 Princes Street and other local sites:

  • Carlton Housing Estate (Open Door)
  • Kathleen Syme Library and Community Centre 


Students can enrol in our courses throughout the year under a number of Victorian and Commonwealth funding options: Learn Local, Adult Migrant English Program (AMEP), Skills for Education and Employment (SEE) and Skills First.
Eligibility requirements apply to all funding subsidies. 

Course Costs

AMEP and SEE programs are free to eligible students

Adult Migrant English Program (AMEP)

CNLC is an Adult Migrant English Program service provider.

  • AMEP provides up to 510 hours of free English language tuition
  • Free childcare
  • Learn about Australian society and culture
  • Understand the Australian workplace and how to look for a job

Funded by the Australian Government Department of Home Affairs. To find out if you are eligible for the AMEP funding, contact us at 03 9347 2739.

Skills for Education and Employment (SEE)

  • Up to 610 hours of free language, literacy and numeracy training
  • Improve your English and literacy for work
  • Improve your computer skills

Ask Centerlink or your JobActive to make a referral. Site Code: L70197 / Activity Code: 1922315

Funded by the Australian Government Department of Employment, Skills, Small and Family Business.

Pre-accredited Courses

Learn Local courses are costed on a standard rate. In 2021 all Learn Local courses carry the same unit cost of $50 concession and $70 non concession.

Skills First

Victorian government-subsidised training places are available in our EAL courses according to a number of eligibility criteria.

Tuition fees are calculated according to the 2020 Guidelines about Fees –Skills First program. Fees are charged on a prorata basis.
Students receive a Statement of Fees on enrolment and an invoice will be issued on commencement in the course.

For a breakdown of Skills First course fees and Refund Policy click here.

The student tuition fees as published are subject to change given individual circumstances at enrolment. 

Skills First is funded by the Victorian Government Department of Education.

Fee-for-Service EAL

Fee-for-Service EAL places are available to community members who are not eligible for government subsidised places. Tuition fees are charged at an hourly rate, with the inclusion of a standard amenities fee.

CNLC encourages individuals with disabilities to participate in its programs and activities.

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