Funding and payments

Funding and payments

Last updated 31 May 2019
Last updated 31 May 2019

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

These pages relate to WLN Employer-led funding. See TEO-led Workplace Literacy and Numeracy Fund for information about WLN TEO-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 off-Plan via a funding confirmation letter.

An employer that receives WLN Employer-led funding is required to:

How to apply for funding

You need to use the EWLN Application Form 2017 (Word, 500 Kb) to apply for WLN Employer-led funding.

If the application is for a consortium arrangement with other employers (see Condition: Organisation eligibility) each consortium member employer must also complete the EWLN Consortium Employer Participants Form 2017 (Word, 470 Kb) form, which must be submitted with the application form.

Refer to the EWLN Application Guide 2017 (PDF, 319 Kb) for information about applying.

Application forms and guidance are also available on the Skills Highway website.

Specific questions on writing an application can be directed to the Skills Highway National Programme Manager at the Industry Training Federation, by calling 04 8943 195.

Application assessment

We assess the application to determine whether the proposed programme(s) should be funded.  

We assess applications on the second Wednesday of the month. Funding is limited so we advise that you check whether funding is available for allocation by contacting us by email using

Funding rate

WLN Employer-led provision is funded up to $92.50 (GST exclusive) per hour of face-to-face literacy, numeracy, or literacy and numeracy, tuition.

From 1 January 2020, provision is funded up to $94.17 per hour (GST exclusive).

Each hour of provision not attended by the learner is not to be reported and is not funded.

The average price per hour of tuition in programmes for 2017 is significantly below $92.50. The price is lower as we have more programmes with reduced costs because they are:

  • repeat programmes (minimal start-up costs)
  • concentrated geographically
  • large scale, and/or
  • derived from existing programmes.

Demand for funding is often greater than the funding available. Therefore submitting an application that will provide the best return for funding invested is advised.


Payment is made in four instalments, based on employer completion of milestones. The milestones are outlined in the funding confirmation letter.

Funding recoveries

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