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

New Business Assistance with NEIS logo

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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Resources

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

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  1. 30 Years of the NEIS

    Created: 14 March 2016

    Book - Celebrating 30 Years of the NEIS - Thirty Years of Success Stories

  2. Additional Services- Exploring Being My Own Boss Workshops and Complementary Placements 2016/17-2019/20

    Created: 2 December 2016  |  Last modified: 20 September 2018

    This document sets out the terms and conditions for the provision of the Exploring Being My Own Boss Workshops and Complementary Placements to NEIS Prospective Participants. 

  3. Additional Services- NEIS Highly Disadvantaged Trial 2018–19 to 2019–20

    Created: 2 December 2016  |  Last modified: 20 September 2018

    This document sets out the terms and conditions for the provision of the New Enterprise Incentive Scheme (NEIS) Highly Disadvantaged (HD) Trial. The NEIS HD Trial has been...

  4. Arabic- NEIS Factsheet Help Small Business

    Created: 4 July 2018

    NEIS factsheet - Help to start a small business translated in Arabic

  5. Arabic- NEIS Program Factsheet

    Created: 4 July 2018

    NEIS Program factsheet translated in Arabic

  6. Assyrian- NEIS Factsheet Help Small Business

    Created: 4 July 2018

    NEIS factsheet - Help to start a small business translated in Assyrian

  7. Assyrian- NEIS Program Factsheet

    Created: 4 July 2018

    NEIS Program factsheet translated in Assyrian

  8. Burmese- NEIS Factsheet Help Small Business

    Created: 4 July 2018

    NEIS factsheet - Help to start a small business translated in Burmese

  9. Burmese- NEIS Program Factsheet

    Created: 4 July 2018

    NEIS Program factsheet translated in Burmese

  10. Chinese- NEIS Factsheet Help Small Business

    Created: 4 July 2018

    NEIS factsheet - Help to start a small business translated in Chinese

  11. Chinese- NEIS Program Factsheet

    Created: 4 July 2018

    NEIS Program factsheet translated in Chinese

  12. COVID-19 Frequently Asked Questions for New Business Assistance with NEIS participants

    Created: 1 April 2020  |  Last modified: 28 July 2020

    COVID-19 Frequently Asked Questions for New Business Assistance with NEIS participants

  13. COVID-19 Frequently Asked Questions for New Business Assistance with NEIS providers

    Created: 13 May 2020  |  Last modified: 28 July 2020

    COVID-19 Frequently Asked Questions for New Business Assistance with NEIS providers

  14. Entrepreneurship Facilitator Maps

    Created: 14 December 2018  |  Last modified: 13 June 2019

    Maps of the 23 Entrepreneurship Facilitator Locations.

  15. Entrepreneurship Facilitators Deed 2019-2022

    Created: 3 October 2019

    Entrepreneurship Facilitators Deed 2019-2022. Date of effect: 2 January 2019

  16. Entrepreneurship Facilitators Deed 2019-2022- incorporating GDV No. 2

    Created: 31 January 2020

    Entrepreneurship Facilitators Deed 2019-2022 incorporating the changes made under General Deed Variation number 2

  17. Entrepreneurship Facilitators Deed 2019-2022- incorporating GDV No.1

    Created: 3 October 2019

    Entrepreneurship Facilitators Deed 2019-2022 incorporating changes made under General Deed Variation number 1. Effective 1 July 2019.

  18. Entrepreneurship Facilitators Deed 2019-2022- incorporating GSDV No. 1

    Created: 4 August 2020

    Entrepreneurship Facilitators Deed 2019-2022 incorporating the changes made under General and Special Deed Variation Number 1

  19. Farsi- NEIS Factsheet Help Small Business

    Created: 4 July 2018

    NEIS factsheet - Help to start a small business translated in Farsi

  20. Farsi- NEIS Program Factsheet

    Created: 4 July 2018

    NEIS Program factsheet translated in Farsi

  21. How people access NEIS and Participate in NEIS Training

    Created: 22 September 2017  |  Last modified: 27 October 2020

    The New Enterprise Incentive Scheme (NEIS) supports people who are not in employment, education or training to turn their good ideas into viable businesses....

  22. jobactive—helping you start a new small business

    Created: 18 August 2015  |  Last modified: 30 November 2018

    Factsheet about New Business Assistance with NEIS for job seekers.

  23. Karen- NEIS Factsheet Help Small Business

    Created: 4 July 2018

    NEIS factsheet - Help to start a small business translated in Karen

  24. Karen- NEIS Program Factsheet

    Created: 4 July 2018

    NEIS Program factsheet translated in Karen

  25. Khmer- NEIS Factsheet Help Small Business

    Created: 4 July 2018

    NEIS factsheet - Help to start a small business translated in Khmer

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