Information about Coronavirus

NEIS participants can access the Coronavirus supplement while participating in the NEIS program.

This means:

  • Existing NEIS Allowance recipients can choose to apply for income support through Services Australia and access the Coronavirus Supplement, instead of receiving NEIS Allowance.
  • Income support recipients starting NEIS can choose to stay on their current income support payment or transfer to NEIS Allowance.

More information is available in the Frequently Asked Questions. If you would like to discuss your individual circumstances, please contact your local NEIS provider

If you are interested in self-employment or starting your own business, more information is available on this NEIS page and on the SelfStart website

Self-employment—New Business Assistance with NEIS

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Individuals not in employment, education or training who are interested in running their own business may be eligible for New Business Assistance with NEIS.

What is New Business Assistance with NEIS?

New Business Assistance can help by providing:

  • Accredited small business training;
  • Personalised mentoring and support from a NEIS provider in the first year of the new business to help the individual put their business idea into practice; and
  • NEIS Allowance for up to 39 weeks and NEIS Rental Assistance for up to 26 weeks (if eligible).

30 Years of Success

New Business Assistance with NEIS has been providing assistance to eligible individuals for over 30 years. The 30 Years of Success is a booklet that has been created to commemorate the 30th Anniversary of the program. The booklet contains 30 innovative NEIS business success stories and achievements.

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