NEIS Eligibility

Jobseeker Eligibility for NEIS:

  • have a viable business idea
  • be at least 18 years of age when you begin receiving NEIS Assistance
  • be available to participate in required training and work full-time* in your proposed NEIS business
  • not be an undischarged bankrupt
  • have not received NEIS Assistance for a similar business activity in the previous 12 months
  • are not prohibited by law from working in Australia
  • are not an overseas visitor on a working holiday visa or and overseas student studying in Australia

*or less hours as allowed where someone has been assessed as having a partial capacity to work, or reduced work participation requirements, or those who are volunteers to employment services.

Business Eligibility for NEIS:

  • not currently operating on a commercial basis
  • capable of withstanding public scrutiny and lawful
  • assessed as commercially viable by ABS as a NEIS Provider
  • not based on the purchase or takeover of an existing business
  • established, located and operated solely within Australia

Note: There are no grants, loans or other start up financial assistance other than the income support mentioned above. There is also no ability to extend the 12 month NEIS program.