Adult and Community Education

ACE in communities

Adult and Community Education (ACE) funding for private training establishments (PTEs), rural education activity programme (REAP) providers and community organisations is prioritised for ACE provision that primarily focuses on:

  • Literacy, digital literacy, and/or numeracy
  • English language, including English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL)
  • New Zealand Sign Language
  • Te Reo Māori.

See the eligibility requirements for these tertiary education organisations (TEOs) to receive ACE funding and for a learner to be eligible to be enrolled in a programme that receives ACE funding. 


Investment Plans

We fund ACE for these TEOs through Investment Plans.

Each TEO must have an approved Investment Plan that sets out how its funded ACE activities will address the needs of learners and prioritise its funded ACE provision as set out above.



Funding formula

We determine the appropriate total amount of funding for a TEO.

TEOs have agreed enrolment levels for courses and programmes recorded on their mix of provision and allocated the total funding across each of these courses and programmes. The volume of delivery will be calculated using the number of actual enrolments compared to the number of intended enrolments.

Funding rate

There is no fixed rate for ACE in Communities funding as the funding amount, mix of provision and contracted volume of delivery is agreed through the Investment Plan for each TEO. 



We pay funding for ACE provision in monthly instalments on the first banking day of each month. Payment amounts are equal from January to June, and equal from July to December.   


Funding recoveries

From 2016, recovery of unused funding will be based on the volume of delivery (enrolments) in agreed programmes in the Investment Plan (Plan) reported by the TEO in its ACE in Communities Final Report.

Where a TEO has not enrolled the number of learners agreed to, we will recover the unused funding at the rates agreed to in the Plan.. See Condition ACE018 for more information.

Where the TEO has enrolled more learners than the number agreed to in the Plan, this over-delivery will be off-set against any under-delivery in another programme agreed to in the Plan, up to the total funding approved.

For example:
A TEO’s approved Mix of Provision (MoP) includes a course called ‘Beginner’s Sign Language’, which is intended to run for 10 weeks at 8 hours per week for 15 learners. The hourly rate is $12/hour, so the value of the planned delivery is $14,400. If only 10 learners enrol, the value of the actual delivery is $9,600, and therefore the value of the under-delivery is $4,800. 

A second course in the approved MoP is called ‘Te Reo Intermediate’, which is intended to run for 20 weeks at 12 hours per week for 10 learners. The hourly rate is $10/hour, so the value of the planned delivery is $24,000.  If 12 learners enrol, the value of the actual delivery is $28,800, and therefore the value of the over-delivery is $4,800.

The value of the over-delivery in the ‘Te Reo Intermediate’ course will offset the value of the under-delivery (which would otherwise be recovered) in the ‘Beginner’s Sign Language’ course. The recovery amount will be the value of any overall under-delivery in the ACE programme of courses in the approved MoP.  


TEOs are required to submit a final report to the TEC for each academic year.

A TEO must submit the ACE in Communities reporting template through Workspace 2 by 31 January of the following year.

The TEO must report on each ACE activity indicated in its Investment Plan, including recording demographic data about learners. For more information, see Condition ACE001.


  • Last changed: 2 March 2016
  • Last verified: 2 March 2016