Funding and payments

Funding and payments

Last updated 22 August 2019
Last updated 22 August 2019

This page provides information about how Intensive Literacy and Numeracy Fund - English for Speakers of Other Languages (ILN ESOL) funding is set, funding allocation, funding rate, funding calculation, payment and funding recovery.

Funding

The Specialised English for Speakers of Other Languages 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 ILN ESOL funding is required to:

Funding for ILN ESOL is set through the Government’s annual budget process. We determine the appropriate amount of ILN ESOL 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 allocations

Our approach to calculating your 2020 indicative allocation for Intensive Literacy and Numeracy ESOL indicative allocations

The purpose of Intensive Literacy and Numeracy ESOL funding

The Intensive Literacy and Numeracy Fund - English for Speakers of Other Languages (ILN – ESOL) supports the intensive provision of high quality, fees-free ESOL literacy and numeracy learning opportunities, to help adult learners gain the literacy and numeracy skills needed to progress to further study or the workplace.

We fund intensive literacy and numeracy provision to:

  • raise adults’ literacy and numeracy skills
  • increase opportunities for adults to engage in literacy and numeracy learning, particularly for those in low-skilled employment, and
  • improve the quality and relevance of provision, including the ability to identify learner need and learning gain.

How we calculated your 2020 indicative allocation for Intensive Literacy and Numeracy ESOL

Your prior performance information was used to calculate your 2020 indicative allocation.

To determine the starting point for calculating your 2020 indicative allocation we compared your 2018 actual ILN ESOL delivery with your 2019 allocation.

If your 2018 actual delivery was below 100%, we used the lesser of either your:

  • 2018 actual delivery, or
  • 2019 allocation.

If your 2018 actual delivery was 100% or above, we used your:

  • 2019 allocation.

If you delivered ILN ESOL for the first time in either 2018 or 2019, we used your:

  • 2019 allocation.

Note: Your 2018 actual delivery has been adjusted for any additional funding provided, funding rate increases, and significant policy changes.  Your reviewed 2019 allocation includes plan changes and excludes one off adjustments.

Once we established your starting point we included any 2020 funding rate increases. We then considered your hours of delivery

If 40% or more of your enrolled learners received less than 20 hours of literacy, numeracy, or literacy and numeracy tuition, a 5% reduction of the 2019 indicative allocation occurred.

Determining your final 2020 funding allocation

To determine your final 2020 allocation and Plan approval, we also consider the following information in our assessment and/or engagements with you:

  • your delivery volumes reported in both the August 2018 and December 2019 Single Data Return,
  • your intensity of previous delivery
  • your Education Performance Indicator data, and
  • your Literacy and Numeracy Adult Assessment Tool (LNAAT) information.

Funding recoveries

How we will calculate any recoveries for 2019 ILN ESOL funding

We will recover funding if you under-deliver in 2019

We will recover funding if you deliver less than 100% of your allocated ILN ESOL funding. We will recover the difference between the value of actual delivery and 100% of allocated ILN ESOL funding.

Recoveries are based on:

  • your delivery volume data (measured by total face to face delivery hours), as submitted through Workspace 2. 

Funding rate

ILN ESOL provision is funded at a fixed rate of $18.75 per hour of face-to-face English language and literacy tuition, i.e. each hour of provision not attended by the learner is not to be reported and is not funded.

From 1 January 2020, the funding rate for ILN ESOL will increase by 1.8% to $19.09 per hour.

Note: Delivery to learners receiving less than 20, and more than 500, hours (if eligible) is also funded, not just delivery to learners receiving 20 to 500 hours. See Eligibility. (Programme eligibility).

Payments

ILN ESOL 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.