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What is NEIS?

New Enterprise Incentive Scheme (NEIS) helps eligible job seekers to start and run their own business.  ETC provides the NEIS program in the NSW Mid North Coast and North Coast regions. For more information contact us.

What does NEIS provide?

NEIS offers approved applicants:

  • Income support for up to 39 weeks (NEIS Allowance) and NEIS Rental Assistance for up to 26 weeks (if eligible)
  • Personalised mentoring and support in the first year of the new business to help a job seeker put their business idea into practice
  • Accredited small business management training (BSB30315 – Certificate III in Micro Business Operations)
  • Development of a business plan
  • Development of a marketing strategy

Benefits of NEIS with ETC?

  • Support and guidance throughout the program
  • Access to experienced small business consultants
  • Staff with local area knowledge, empathy, and understanding
  • Networking opportunities

How do I get started?

To participate in NEIS you must be registered with a jobactive or Disability Employment Services provider. Your provider can tell you if you are eligible.

Also, you must:

  • be 18 years or older when you begin receiving NEIS Assistance
  • be available to participate in required training and work full-time in your proposed NEIS business
  • not be undischarged bankrupt
  • not have received NEIS Assistance for a similar business activity
  • not have received NEIS Assistance in the previous year

Additionally, your NEIS business must:

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

Explore Being Your Own Boss

Have you ever considered starting your own business?

ETC is running a program to give people the chance to explore opportunities to start their own business.

Exploring Being My Own Boss offers a series of relevant workshops conducted over two weeks (25 hours per week) and is fully subsidise d by the Australian Government.

So if you have a business idea or dream of being self-employed, you should consider joining this program to determine if starting your own venture is a good option for you.

Upon completion of the program, there is an opportunity for complementary work placements where you can gain hands-on experience in a similar business or industry as your dream start-up.

Further information

Eligibility applies please contact ETC’s Business Advisors on 1800 007 400 OR fill out the enquiry form.



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