Funding and payments

Funding and payments

Last updated 14 November 2022
Last updated 14 November 2022

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 - Updated

You need to use the EWLN Application Form 2017 (DOCX, 470 KB) (Word, 470 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.

Please submit applications by email using

Application assessment

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

We assess applications periodically following set application deadlines.

The confirmed application deadlines for 2023 are:

  • Friday 10 February 2023
  • Friday 14 April 2023
  • Friday 09 June 2023
  • Friday 11 August 2023
  • Friday 13 October 2023

Funding rate

WLN Employer-led provision is funded up to a maximum of $95.68 (GST exclusive) per hour of face-to-face literacy, numeracy, or literacy and numeracy, tuition.

From 1 January 2023, provision is funded up to a maximum of $98.31 per hour (GST exclusive). This includes a 2.75% increase to the provision.

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

The average funding per hour of tuition in programmes is usually significantly below the maximum level. This is because programmes exhibit some or all of the below characteristics, which reduce the costs of provision:

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

We advise that applicants submitting an application take these factors into account when deciding what rate of funding to request. If the requested funding rate is deemed in excess of the reasonable costs of the proposed programme, an applicant may be granted a lower rate of funding.


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.