Funding and payments

Funding and payments

Last updated 5 July 2022
Last updated 5 July 2022

How Gateway funding is set and payments are made. The information also includes funding recoveries, funding allocation and the process for decreasing enrolments.

Indicative allocation information

Your latest Gateway indicative funding allocation can be found in Ngā Kete.  The 2023 Fund Rate Sliding Scale (Excel, 20 Kb), provided in the Funding Allocation section below, can be used to understand the number of places your indicative allocation dollar value relates to.

Next steps:

  • Please see the information below if you wish to access additional Gateway funding, or decrease your schools funding allocation.
  • If you are happy with the allocation which has been indicatively allocated, you do not need to do anything else at this time.  

Need help to access Ngā Kete?

If your school doesn’t have access to Ngā Kete, please complete the application form. We recommend you register with a generic email address such as This is so your school can continue to access Nga Kete if a designated Gateway Coordinator leaves your school.


The Gateway 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. A school that receives Gateway funding is required to:

We provide Gateway funding so schools can meet the costs of arranging and managing workplace learning for enrolled students, including workplace assessment.

A school can either manage the Gateway programme itself, or use a broker to provide all or part of the programme on its behalf.

While a school may use the funding to meet the costs of a broker, Gateway funding is not to be used to pay for students to attend courses provided by tertiary education organisations. The value of the programme lies in the way it supports students’ transition into the workplace .

Accessing new or additional Gateway funding

If your school would like to apply for Gateway funding for the first time, or is an existing provider that would like to increase its following years allocation, please submit an application to us before 31 August.

To apply, please complete the Gateway Additional funding Application Form (Word, 35 Kb).

Please also read these web pages and the Gateway Handbook (PDF, 987 Kb) to ensure your school can deliver a high-quality Gateway programme.

We consider applications in September for funding for the following calendar year. As we have a limited amount of funding to allocate, we consider an application from a new school only if sufficient funding is available.

Please contact our Customer Contact Group to find out more about how to apply.   

Funding allocation 

When allocating Gateway funding, we consider:

  • whether a school is eligible
  • the appropriate number of Gateway students for the school, based on previous delivery levels, and
  • average unit standard credit achievement by students on the Gateway programmes the school offers. 

Gateway funding is allocated per place on a sliding scale – as the number of places increases, the amount of funding per place decreases.

For more details see the Gateway Handbook (PDF, 987 Kb).

2021 funding per place

Full details of the payment rates are available in Gateway – 2021 funding rate sliding scale (Excel, 20 Kb).

These rates include a general 1.6% increase to funding for 2021. 

2022 funding per place

Full details of the payment rates are available in Gateway – 2022 Funding rate sliding scale (Excel, 21Kb)

These rates include a general 1.2% increase to funding for 2022.

2023 funding per place

Full details of the payment rates are available in Gateway – 2023 Funding rate sliding scale (Excel, 21Kb)

These rates include a general 2.75% increase to funding for 2023.

Decreasing your funded Gateway places 

You can ask to reduce your funded Gateway places if you are likely to enrol fewer students in the programme than you agreed to.

If your school knows it won’t use all of its Gateway allocation for a particular year, please contact the Customer Contact Group as soon as you can.

To apply for a reduction in Gateway places, complete our Proposal for decreased places form (Word, 40 Kb) and email it to our Customer Contact Group


Gateway 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

2023 Gateway indicative allocations

The 2023 indicative allocation is our early estimate of each TEO’s ‘On-Plan’ funding that each TEO could receive for 2023 if their Investment Plan is approved for funding. We calculate the indicative allocation using a set of allocation methodologies. The indicative allocation methodologies are specific to each fund and are reviewed and revised every year to ensure alignment to funding determinations and the current tertiary environment.

2023 indicative allocations are made available through the My Allocations and Payments app on Ngā Kete on 1st June 2022. This will include additional details that provide the additional breakdown for the allocations.

The details of the 2023 indicative allocation can be found within the 2023 Global Indicative Allocations Methodology [PDF] document.

For more details regarding your specific allocation, please contact or your Relationship Manager.

Funding wash-ups

The 2021 methodology and technical specifications for the calculation of funding wash-ups can be found in the Calculating the 2021 wash-up document.

Calculating the 2021 wash-up (PDF, 1.2 Mb)

Suspending or revoking Gateway funding

If we are satisfied on reasonable grounds that a school has not met or is not meeting the conditions on funding we may revoke or suspend the funding under Schedule 18 Clause 26 of the Education and Training Act 2020.