Technology Access Fund for Learners

Technology Access Fund for Learners

Last updated 19 August 2020
Last updated 19 August 2020

The Technology Access Fund for Learners (TAFL) helps tertiary education organisations (TEOs) support learners to continue to access tertiary education and training that has been disrupted due to COVID-19.

Update 18 August 2020: Applications for TAFL have been re-opened. See the Funding and Payments section for more information on how to apply.

TAFL is allocated directly to TEOs, who will then use the resources to provide assistance to their learners who need it the most.

TAFL must be used to directly build learners’ capacity to access technology-enabled tertiary education and training. This can be done by supporting access to:

  • Suitable devices which enable learners to access technology-enabled learning;
  • Adequate internet connections to participate in technology-enabled learning;
  • Additional  operating systems and/or programmes which are essential for the learner to be able to participate in technology-enabled learning; and/or
  • Appropriate technical support to help learners access technology-enabled learning. 

Without written permission from the TEC, TAFL cannot currently be used for

  • Developing or creating a TEO’s technology-enabled delivery platform
  • Developing technology-enabled course materials
  • Providing support to international students (with some exceptions). See fund-specific conditions for further details on eligibility.

TAFL is available to support initiatives from 23 March 2020 (the date the move to COVID-19 alert Level 4 was announced) until 31 December 2020, or until all funding is allocated.

Approximately half of the $20 million of TAFL funding has been automatically allocated to all TEOs who have 200 or more learners recorded through the Single Data Return (SDR) or Industry Training Register (ITR).

The remaining TAFL funding is available for distribution to eligible TEOs through an application process.

Information on TAFL is also included in the guide for TEOs:

Technology Access Fund for Learners – Guide for TEOs (PDF, 713 KB) - updated 14 May 2020