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Melbourne Innovation Centre
2 Wingrove Street,
Alphington Victoria 3078

1300 958 085

Western Australia

Head Office
Wesley Central.
2 Cantonment Street,
Fremantle WA 6160
(Level 1, Behind The Church)

PO Box 1616, Fremantle WA 6959

(08) 9336 8000

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NEIS – Start Your Own Business

Do you have a business idea? The New Enterprise Incentive Scheme (NEIS) is a government-funded program that has helped more than 175,000 Australians start their own business over the last 30 years.

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Have a business idea?

If you have been asking yourself, how do I start a business?

Our NEIS Program will develop the skills to plan, assess and act on your business opportunity

Starting an online business has never been easier!

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.

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NEIS – New Enterprise Incentive Scheme  

The New Business Assistance with NEIS is a Federal Government initiative that helps any Australian over the age of 18 to start a small business.

  • Are you working less than 25 hours per week and want to try something for yourself?
  • Are you studying part-time and want to start a side hustle that could turn into something more?
  • Are you receiving a benefit from Centrelink and would like to be self-employed?

If you have answered yes to any of these questions, you are likely to be eligible to participate in NEIS.

The NEIS program provides free training in how to start and operate a business and 12 months of mentoring to help you get going.

Maximise your success through NEIS. Business Foundations has helped thousands of people over the years develop their knowledge and skills and start a business for themselves.

If you have an idea for a business, apply today.

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You can apply for the NEIS Program and receive the JobSeeker payment if:

  • Unemployed;
  • 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 25 hours a week; or
  • Are an eligible working visa-holder

For most of these categories, you can receive the JobSeeker payment through NEIS.

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.


We provide New Business Assistance with NEIS participants with an opportunity to complete a BSB30220 Certificate III in Entrepreneurship and New Business.

This is a nationally recognised training specifically tailored to equipping you with the knowledge to start and operate your own small business.

As part of this training, you will develop a Business Plan that includes a 2-year financial forecast which will be assessed and needs to be approved to enter the program.

Our NEIS Trainers are highly knowledgeable, professional educators and all come from diverse backgrounds that includes previous business experience.

They will guide you through the process of establishing your small business and help build your understanding of many of the broad competencies required for running a small business including:

  • How to work effectively in a business environment
  • Organizing personal work priorities and development
  • Complying with regulatory, taxation and insurance requirements
  • Managing business finances and budgets
  • Maintaining accurate financial records
  • Developing a comprehensive business plan
  • Building networks and relationships for the business
  • Determining resource requirements and understanding your market

For regional participants, NEIS training is delivered via our live, fully interactive online format over 4 weeks, 2 days per week with question-and-answer sessions each day.

Metro participants have an option of accessing NEIS training via our live, fully interactive online format or in-person face-to-face over 4 weeks, 2 days per week from our offices in Fremantle or Balcatta.

Enrolments are conducted on a rolling intake. Apply now with your idea, once approved we will contact you to arrange your most appropriate course date.

NEIS Praise

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 very talented people who launched their very own successful business with our NEIS Program. Read some inspiring stories!


NEIS Training Schedule

Our NEIS training runs both online and in person for your convenience. Take a look at our 2022 training schedule below.


Participant Forms and Guidelines

This page contains the most commonly used forms and guidelines, while applying for or to use during the NEIS Program.



Want to know more detail about our NEIS Program? Here you will find more frequently asked questions to help.


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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.

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Fremantle Headquarters

Wesley Central.
2 Cantonment Street,
Fremantle WA 6160
(Level 1, Behind The Church)

PO Box 1616, Fremantle WA 6959

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