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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People interested in starting their own business or existing micro-business owners who need help to refocus their business during COVID-19 may be eligible for New Business Assistance with NEIS.

What is New Business Assistance with NEIS?

New Business Assistance with NEIS can help by providing:

  • Accredited small business training
  • Personalised mentoring and support from a NEIS provider
  • NEIS Allowance for up to 39 weeks and NEIS Rental Assistance for up to 26 weeks (if eligible)

Expand eligibility for New Business Assistance with NEIS

The government announced changes to expand the NEIS program. This includes:

  • From 15 October 2020, people can access NEIS and start their own business if they are working 25 hours per week or less. This will enable people with part-time work, study or caring responsibilities to participate in the program on a part-time basis
  • From 7 December 2020, existing micro-business owners impacted by COVID-19 can access NEIS if they need help to keep their business running or refocus their operations to meet new areas of demand.

35 Years of NEIS

New Business Assistance with NEIS has been providing assistance to eligible people for over 35 years. The NEIS program has a proud history of helping people start their own business and offers valuable support to turn their business idea into reality.

You can read stories of people starting successful new businesses on the NEIS Success Stories page.

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The following is a list of all the news items that are associated with Self-employment—New Business Assistance with NEIS.

New business thrives through difficult times.

News | 6 July 2020

Creative thinking and determination helped Amanda keep her business operating during COVID-19.

NEIS - a natural fit for local superfood business

News | 5 March 2020

It’s not every day a success story is born from a passion for small business and seaweed but that’s what Lee-Anne has achieved with help from New Business Assistance with NEIS.

Cake walk

News | 20 May 2019

With support from New Business Assistance, Gabriela learnt the essentials of setting up her own business and received mentoring and financial support, helping her fulfil her long-held dream of running her own cake shop.

Encouraging Entrepreneurship and Self-Employment Initiative Qualitative Research Fieldwork

News | 4 April 2018

The Encouraging Entrepreneurship and Self-Employment Initiative qualitative research fieldwork will take place in April 2018. The project gathers the views and experiences of participants who have been part of the initiative through the New Enterprise Incentives Scheme or the Exploring Being My...

Launch of Encouraging Entrepreneurship and Self-Employment Initiative

News | 4 December 2016

The Encouraging Entrepreneurship and Self-Employment Initiative will assist young people to create their own job by starting a small business.

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