Funding and Payments

Funding and Payments

Last updated 29 April 2021
Last updated 29 April 2021

TAFL is paid directly to TEOs. TEOs are expected to decide how, when and where the funding is used, within the conditions of the fund.

Applications for TAFL have been re-opened, and assessment panels will be held on a regular basis throughout August and September 2020.

Please note that applications should focus on learners which have been specifically identified as still being unable to access online learning.

Applying for funding

Applications to the Technology Access Fund for Learners are now open. Once you have checked that your organisation is eligible, and that you will be able to comply with the fund conditions, please complete the below application form and return it to us at with the subject line: [Your Edumis Number]: Technology Access Fund Application.

Applications from ITP subsidiaries should be made via NZIST.

Technology Access Fund for Learners - Application Form (DOCX, 258 KB) (Word, 258 Kb)

Phase one funding calculation

Our approach to calculating your indicative allocation for The Technology Access Fund for Learners

The purpose of The Technology Access Fund for Learners

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

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

How we calculated your 2020 indicative allocation for The Technology Access Fund for Learners 

Your prior year learner number data and school leaver decile data were used to calculate your indicative allocation.

We started by taking the total number of learners from your December 2019 SDR or ITR submission.

We then captured the percentage of school leavers that had enrolled to your organisation from a decile 1-3 secondary school in the past three years (2016-2018 inclusive).

This percentage was used to estimate the number of learners throughout your entire learner base that may be more likely to benefit from funded support.

We allocated $1000 for every 25 learners from this group, and allocated $1000 for every 50 learners for the rest.

For example, if you had 1000 learners, and 20% of your school leaver learners were from a decile 1-3 secondary school, you would receive:

((1000 x 80%) / 50) x $1000 = $16,000


((1000 x 20%) / 25) x $1000 = $8,000

A total allocation of $24,000.

For accuracy and speed, we have so far only allocated funds to those organisations that:

  • Submit learner numbers routinely through a SDR/ITR.
  • Had greater than 200 learners enrolled as reported through the December 2019 SDR/ITR submission.
  • Were allocated greater than $5,000 through this methodology.

If you feel as though you have been allocated funds in excess of your requirements, we would be grateful if you could inform us; and we will offer them to other learners at other TEOs. Please contact

If you have already received an allocation, but feel that additional funds could be utilised to support your learners, you are also able to submit an application for further funding, through the application process.

To best allocate to all other eligible organisations, whose needs may differ, or who may require particular support, we ask that an application is submitted through the application process.

Funding wash-ups

2020 Technology Access Fund for Learners Recovery Methodology

We will recover unspent Technology Access Fund for Learners (TAFL) funding.

Recoveries are based on:

  • 2020 actual spend data, submitted through the end of year Technology Access Expenditure report, and
  • 2020 actual usage data, submitted through the end of year Technology Access Usage report.

How we will calculate any Recovery

  • We will recover the difference between the value of funding, and actual 2020 spending of TAFL funding, adjusted for condition off-sets.

Condition off-sets applicable to TAFL

A condition off-set is delivery that is not funded because it does not meet the Technology Access Fund for Learners funding conditions. 

We will apply the following condition off-sets and remove ineligible National Student Numbers from 2020 actual spend data where:

  • learners enrolments and programmes are delivered outside the funding period; or
  • learners whose enrolments and programmes are not currently funded under any of the funds listed in Section 1.1 (a) of the TAFL condition; or
  • we are unable to validate the student enrolment reported in the TAFL Expenditure report, against actual reporting; or
  • dollars reported by a TEO relates to learners whose programmes were all inactive within the funding period; or
  • the TEO has not submitted its expenditure template or the expenditure template reported a zero dollar spend.