Home Tutor Scheme

The Smith Family facilitates the Home Tutor Scheme (HTS) as an AMEP service provider, funded by the Australian Government. The Home Tutor Scheme is a service directed towards eligible migrants and refugees that need further assistance to develop their English language skills for successful settlement in Australia.

The Home Tutor Scheme involves training and then matching volunteer tutors with newly arrived migrants and refugees from non-English speaking backgrounds, to provide one-on-one English tuition in students' homes. A home tutor ensures that students do not become isolated or excluded from participating in the community due to language barriers.

The Smith Family facilitates this program throughout Northern Sydney, Illawarra, Hunter and Rural and Regional NSW.

Home tutor scheme

How the Home Tutor Scheme works


Volunteering for The Smith Family Home Tutor Scheme (HTS) requires going to the home of newly arrived migrants and refugees to teach them English for a minimum of 1 hour per week. No prior teaching experience is necessary as a free training program is provided to equip you with the skills to teach English on a one-to-one basis.

If you would like to volunteer for the HTS please contact us.

Our tutors

Our volunteers require no previous teaching experience as a course in Volunteer English Tutoring is provided to equip tutors with the basic skills required to teach English on a one-to-one basis. The motivations for joining the program are as varied as the tutors themselves, but common themes such as giving back to the community, getting to know other cultures and to gain personal satisfaction are a few key motivating factors for volunteers.

Our students

Our students come from diverse cultural backgrounds and have varying levels of English language competency. Students who are referred to the Home Tutor Scheme are those that are attending low-intensity English classes, or are unable to attend classes, due to family or work commitments, geographical isolation, they are elderly or they have various barriers to learning such as illiteracy, trauma or are uncomfortable in a formal learning environment. Students' English levels and goals are assessed before the tutoring commences; this way our volunteers can tailor classes that are specific to their student's needs and assist their student in achieving their target objectives.


Volunteer tutors are required to complete a comprehensive and informative online training course in Volunteer English Language Tutoring. The course is designed to run for 15 hours. It is compulsory for tutors to complete all components of the training course.


Before tutors make their first visit we contact students to do a language and learning needs assessment. As tutors travel to students' houses, we aim to match volunteers with students as close to their home or place of employment as possible. The tutor then goes on to visit their student once a week for a minimum of one hour. To ensure a continuous and optimal learning situation, we ask for a minimum six-month commitment from all our tutors.

Support for volunteer tutors

Our office provides support for volunteer tutors via phone, e-mail and face-to-face information sessions. We send out regular newsletters via e-mail, hold coffee club meetings and organise tutor support workshops and an annual social event to ensure both tutors and students are provided with a social forum to touch base and give feedback about the program.



The Adult Migrant English Program (AMEP) is funded by the Australian Government Department of Education and Training.

The AMEP provides up to 510 hours of English language tuition to eligible migrants and humanitarian entrants to help them learn foundation English language and settlement skills to enable them to participate socially and economically in Australian society.

Information for tutors

Tutor resources

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Tutor resources

A warm welcome to all our tutors. Home Tutor Scheme has prepared a series of lesson plans and resources that may be useful for tutoring your student. Lesson plans cover topics such as Australian culture, everyday life and Politics and current affairs.

tutor resources.

Contact us

Do you need more information about the Home Tutor Scheme activities? Want to provide feedback about HTS? Or are you interested in becoming a volunteer tutor? If so, please contact one of our friendly staff via the phone or email details below.

The Smith Family Home Tutor Scheme is located in:
North Sydney Institute of TAFE
Room B1-16
213 Pacific Highway
St Leonards, NSW 2065

Office hours are 9:00am - 5:00pm Monday to Friday.

Postal Address
PO Box 10500
RNS Hospital
St Leonards, NSW 2065

02 9085 7262

02 9906 5043


Home tutor scheme