EAL Program

English Language Classes

English as an Additional Language (EAL) at ASRC Footscray and Dandenong offer beginner, intermediate and advanced level classes. The program also conducts weekly preparatory IELTS, advanced grammar and conversation classes, totaling 7958 hours of free EAL learning. Classes were taught by qualified volunteer teachers while the curriculum includes Australian cultural history, concepts such as ethnic diversity, tolerance, mutual respect, ‘a fair go’, and respect for religious diversity. A further 22 people seeking asylum benefited from 1056 hours of home English tutoring last year. A total of 307 people were empowered to gain the confidence to speak English.

Education advisers ASVET

Vocational Education and Training

The Asylum Seeker Vocational Education and Training (ASVET) program is is a Victorian State Government funded initiative to support up to 3000 people seeking asylum and refugees to gain access to VET courses. Under this initiative, the ASRC can directly refer eligible applicants to a range of Government-subsidised and free training and apprenticeship-pathway courses.

ASRC education program

University Scholarships

A dedicated scholarship program partnership with La Trobe University launched in February 2017 assists people seeking asylum to access higher education in the College of Arts, Social Sciences and Commerce. A partnership with Monash University awarded 25 scholarships from 2015 to June 2017 to people seeking asylum and a significant cost saving for those referred to certificate diplomas in Swinburne University, Victoria University and Melbourne Polytechnic. Full tertiary scholarships were also offered by Lonsdale Institute and Flinders Institute. The generosity of these institutions is gratefully acknowledged and recognises the right for everyone to receive an education.