Funding and payments

Funding and payments

Last updated 17 February 2020
Last updated 17 February 2020

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.


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 allocation

Our approach to calculating your 2020 indicative allocation for Workplace Literacy and Numeracy TEO-Led funding

The purpose of Workplace Literacy and Numeracy TEO-led funding

Workplace Literacy and Numeracy (WLN) Employer-led funding supports the provision of literacy and numeracy programmes for employees to increase their literacy and numeracy skills, and contribute to workplace productivity.

We fund workplace literacy and numeracy provision to:

  • increase the literacy and numeracy skills of employees, and
  • contribute to workplace productivity through the provision and evaluation of literacy and numeracy learning in a workplace context.

How we calculated your 2020 indicative allocation for Workplace Literacy and Numeracy TEO-led funding

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 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 Workplace Literacy and Numeracy TEO-led funding 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 25 hours of literacy, numeracy, or literacy and numeracy tuition, your 2020 indicative allocation will be reduced by 5%.

Determining your final 2020 funding allocation

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

  • your delivery volumes as reported during 2019
  • 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 WPL TEO Led funding

We will recover funding if you under-deliver in 2019

We will recover funding if you deliver less than 100% of your allocated WLN – TEO Led funding. We will recover the difference between the value of actual delivery and 100% of allocated WLN – TEO Led funding.

Recoveries are based on:

  • your most recent actual delivery volume data (total hours of actual face-to-face delivery), as submitted through Workspace2.

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.

From 1 January 2020, the fixed rate increases by 1.8% to $76.35 per learner hour.

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).