Start Your Own Business

Do you have a business idea?
Would you like to work for yourself?
You may be eligible to access the New Enterprise Incentive Scheme (NEIS).

NEIS (New Enterprise Incentive Scheme) is a fully Government funded program available to anyone with a viable business idea. It helps participants to start a business with training, mentoring support for 12 months and income support for 9 months*. Please note that ABS are only contracted to provide NEIS in Perth North (up as far as Two Rocks) and Perth South (as far as Waroona) in Western Australia

About NEIS

The New Enterprise Incentive Scheme (NEIS) is a self-employment program funded by the Australian Federal Government aimed at assisting unemployed people to explore the opportunities of self-employment as an alternative choice to gaining full time work.

If you have a good idea for starting your own business then NEIS may be able to help.

NEIS Assistance Provides:

  • Training in small business management, business skills and business plan development
  • A 9-month allowance equivalent to the Newstart Allowance*
  • Business advice and mentoring during the first year of business operation.

The NEIS program DOES NOT provide any start-up grants or loans.

Successful applicants will receive income support* and a trained, highly experienced business mentor for 12 months.

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NEIS is a Federally Funded Employment Services Program, administered by the Department of Jobs and Small Business

Any applications or interest from other States need to contact their local Department of Human Services or Job Active provider to find the location of their nearest NEIS Managing Agent.

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*if you are in receipt of an eligible Centrelink benefit