Funding and payments

Funding and payments

Last updated 7 May 2018
Last updated 7 May 2018

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.

Principles for 2019 funding allocation

Purpose of the fund

The Workplace Literacy and Numeracy (TEO Led) Fund supports the provision of literacy and numeracy programmes for employees to increase their literacy and numeracy skills and contribute to workplace productivity. 

We will calculate your indicative allocation using prior performance data

This will include:

  • actual delivery volume (by learner hours), and
  • percentage of learners that received learning hours between 25 and 80 hours.

Your previous performance against these measures will determine your indicative allocation.

Your eligibility to receive funding is subject to criteria outlined in the relevant funding mechanism.

Please note, your indicative funding allocation is no guarantee of your final funding allocation.

Your final allocation will be based on your Investment Plan, performance and other strategic considerations

We will consider your performance information alongside strategic priorities as outlined in Plan Guidance, the Tertiary Education Strategy (TES), the Focus Area Briefs and Investment Briefs

We will also consider your use of the Literacy and Numeracy for Adults Assessment Tool. 

Based on these considerations your allocation may stay the same or decrease. Alternatively, you may receive a nil allocation.

We will consider an increase to funding where the TEO has requested it and they are high-performing. We will address requests for funding increases as part of our engagement process following the submission of draft Investment Plans or proposal if you are Plan exempt.

We may take into account any other measure that we determine to be appropriate when allocating funding.

We will recover for under-delivery or for funding you weren’t entitled to receive

We will recover the difference between the total dollar amount approved in your funding agreement and the total dollar amount actually delivered.

We may make other recoveries where these are required and are provided for in your funding conditions.

We may revoke or suspend your funding if you do not provide us with timely or adequate reporting information.