Funding and payments

Funding and payments

Last updated 9 June 2017
Last updated 06/09/2017

This page provides information about how Workplace Literacy and Numeracy (WLN) TEO-led funding is set, funding allocation, funding rate, funding calculation, payment and funding recovery.  

These pages relate to WLN TEO-led funding. See Employer-led Workplace Literacy and Numeracy for information about the WLN Employer-led funding.


The Literacy and Numeracy provision funding mechanism is issued by the Minister responsible for tertiary education. The funding mechanism outlines the general form and essential components of the fund. It provides the mandate for us to allocate the funding and what the funding can be used for, and details how we administer the fund.

Funding is agreed through a tertiary education organisation’s (TEO’s) Investment Plan (Plan).

A TEO that receives WLN funding (TEO-led) is required to:

Funding for WLN is set through the Government’s annual budget process. We determine the appropriate amount of WLN TEO-led funding for a TEO.

Through each TEO’s Plan, we agree the mix of provision (MoP). This includes the:

  • programmes that the funding can be used for
  • allocation of funding towards each programme, and
  • volume of delivery expected from each programme.

Funding allocation

Funding for ILN is approved through the Plan process. When allocating funding we consider:

  • whether the TEO is eligible for WLN funding,
  • the nature of the WLN programmes offered by the TEO
  • the region of delivery of the TEO
  • the TEO’s use of the Literacy and Numeracy for Adults Assessment Tool with learners
  • the TEO’s historical delivery volumes compared to delivery commitments
  • pastoral care arrangements for students made by the TEO, and
  • the TEO’s performance, including against WLN policy settings.

Funding rate

WLN TEO-led provision is funded at a fixed rate of $75 per hour of face-to-face literacy, numeracy, or literacy and numeracy, tuition, i.e. each hour of provision not attended by the learner is not to be reported and is not funded.

Note: Delivery to learners receiving less than 25, and more than 80, hours (if eligible) is also funded, not just delivery to learners receiving 25 to 80 hours. See Eligibility (Programme eligibility).


WLN TEO-led funding is paid in monthly instalments. The payment amounts are in equal instalments from January to June, and in equal instalments from July to December. 

Funding recoveries

We are required to recover funding where the results of an audit, reporting or statistical return show a TEO has under-delivered against expected performance targets as described in their agreed Investment Plan. See Condition: Repayment of WLN Fund - TEO-led strand Funding.

Recovery of WLN TEO-led funding is based on aggregate hours of actual, face-to-face delivery (actual attendance). This means the number of funded hours in the TEO’s approved allocation less the total number of hours delivered in the calendar year, multiplied by the funding rate. For example:

Hours funded - Total hours delivered = under/over-delivery or recoverable amount.

4,000 hours approved

3,825 hours of tuition delivered

Therefore 4,000 – 3,825 = 175 hours under-delivered

175 hours x $75 = $13,125

$13,125 to be recovered

In addition, funding is recovered for reported delivery that is ineligible for funding.

Recoveries are based on the end of year report and occur in the following year.