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)

Free training to reach vocational English for

  • Work
  • Study
  • Services
  • Connecting to community

Please note there are changes to the AMEP program. The 510 hour limit on free English tuition has been removed and the time limits for enrolling, commencing and completeing English tuition for eligible visa holders who have been in Australia on or before 1 October 2020 have been removed. If you need more English you can return to the AMEP, please contact us.

If you have arrived in Australia since October 1 2020, you must register for the AMEP within 6 months of your arrival date.

The Adult Migrant English Program (AMEP) is fundd by the Australian Government Department of Home Affairs.


Skills for Education and Employment (SEE)

  • Up to 650 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 2022 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 2023 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 places are available to community members who are not eligible for government subsidised places. Tuition fees are charged at an hourly rate.

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

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