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For more than 30 years, the Australian Government has supported more than 175,000 Australians start their very own business. You may be suitable to apply for the New Business Assistance with NEIS Program.
WHAT IS THE NEIS PROGRAM?
The New Business Assistance with NEIS program is the Federal Government program helping people who are unemployed, on JobSeeker or welfare payments start and run small businesses, complete with training, mentoring and support.
The program is fully funded by the Australian Government and is available to people on JobSeeker allowance. If you are eligible, you will be supported while you start or restart your business, receiving income support and rental assistance while you train and grow.
WHO CAN APPLY FOR THE NEIS PROGRAM?
You can apply for the NEIS Program and receive the JobSeeker payment and Coronavirus supplement if you are:
- Recently redundant;
- Have a business that is not currently operating;
- Are a stay-at-home parent looking to re-start work;
- Are a university student struggling to find full-time work;
- Are under-employed, working fewer than 15 hours a week; or
- Are an eligible working visa-holder
For most of these categories, you can receive the JobSeeker payment through NEIS, including the Coronavirus Supplement.
Your eligibility is the same as for Centrelink payments, and you will need to have an eligible business idea.
If you are not eligible for any Centrelink payment, but are in a category above, you can still receive free training and business support while you start a business. If you have a question, contact us here.
Behind every testimonial is an experience that matters. Take a look at what our previous clients had to say about the NEIS program.
NEIS Program Locations
NEIS can be either online or in class. If you chose to join us in class, you can check out of NEIS locations here.
NEIS Success Stories
Meet the clever people who launched their own successful business with assistance from NEIS. Catch some inspiration right here!
Have a question about our NEIS Program?
Our NEIS admin team are here and ready to answer any questions you may have.
Leave your enquiry with us and we will get back to you.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Want to know more about our NEIS Program? Take a look at some frequently asked questions.
For more FAQ’s, click here.
Can I get Jobseeker payments while on NEIS?
If you are a new applicant, you may join NEIS while remaining on the Jobseeker allowance. If you are an existing NEIS participant, you may choose to cancel your NEIS Allowance to lodge a claim with Centrelink whilst staying on the program. In such a way, you can still have access to mentoring. Before cancelling your NEIS Allowance, it is advisable that you check with Centrelink the income threshold to be eligible for the Jobseeker Allowance, as your business income or partner’s income will influence your eligibility for the payment.
Can NEIS be used towards meeting mutual obligation requirements?
Yes, participants can use the hours spent on setting up their NEIS business towards their Mutual Obligation Requirements and Annual Activity Requirements. Once commenced on to the 12month NEIS Program, NEIS participants will no longer be required to look for work.
Can I get recognition for prior business experience?
Prior business experience is certainly an asset towards starting your own business venture and is something that is looked upon favourably as we assess your application. We do however encourage all applicants to participate in the pre-NEIS training offered, as we have found through our 20 years’ experience as a NEIS provider that it provides all of our participants with the strong, practical grounding for the establishment of their business venture within the current environment.
As an RTO we do have an established Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) process in which things such as real-world experiences can count towards educational credits. We will also recognise all certifications awarded for nationally recognised training from another RTO. The feedback we have received from previous participants however is that the short nature and practical content of our pre-NEIS training has provided the best avenue to starting a business regardless of previous experience.
Should I pay for someone to teach me to run a business?
The NEIS program is a free, government funded and accredited program that will give you all the advice you need to start your own business. Business Foundations also provides a team of business advisors to help you with any questions you may have over the first year of your business. The money spent on a paid training program could be better reinvested into your own business.
How quickly can I start my business?
We would like to help you start your business as quickly as possible. We do though, want to ensure that you are set up for success. We give careful consideration to your application and your business idea. If necessary, we will have you talk to one of our business advisors to refine your idea if there are elements that need refinement. We will also provide you with free training that will provide you with all the relevant, practical knowledge you will need to be successful in your business.
Our three-week pre-NEIS training helps you define your business plan that will guide your business through its first year. We then work with you to refine your business plan so that you are prepared for your best possible start. From your point of application to starting your business we expect that it can be anywhere between 6 – 12 weeks. It usually depends upon how quickly you can complete your business plan.
Why should I do NEIS rather than Jobseeker?
The NEIS program will support you in starting up your own business and become financially independent. This is in addition to providing an allowance to support you financially in the early stages of your business. The NEIS program will equip participants with the knowledge and training to work towards creating a profitable and successful business.
Can I see the NEIS training schedule?
You sure can! Our NEIS training runs both online and in person at various locations. Take a look at our training schedule here.
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