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Outline of Self-Employment Assistance

Workforce Australia – Self-Employment Assistance, delivered by ETC, is a new service that replaces the New Business Assistance with NEIS program. Self-Employment Assistance provides a range of services for current and aspiring business owners, ranging from flexible individual Business Advice Sessions to a structured 12-month package of Small Business Coaching.

Self-Employment Assistance Eligibility

For your customer to participate in Self-Employment Assistance to start their own business, they must:

  • Be at least 15 years of age
  • Not be prohibited by law from working in Australia
  • Not be an overseas visitor on a working holiday visa or an overseas student studying in Australia
  • Not be an undischarged bankrupt
  • Not have participated in the Self-Employment Assistance or the Small Business Assistance with NEIS program in the previous year

ETC will assess their business idea to ensure it meets the eligibility requirements.
If you have a customer who is an existing small business owner who is needing support, their business must:

  • Have less than 4 employees
  • Be a small-business at risk of not operating on a commercial basis
  • Have an independent business structure
  • Be lawful and capable of withstanding public scrutiny
  • Be established, located, and operated solely within Australia

ETC’s Self-Employment Assistance Model

ETC’s Self-Employment Assistance offers a range of interactive programs, resources and support to eligible people with small business ideas. The Assistance will include both one-on-one mentoring and group workshops.

Formal learning modules include:

  • Exploring Self-Employment Workshops – Help participants understand what’s involved in starting a business, generate or validate a business idea and, make an informed decision as to whether self-employment is right for them.
  • Business Plan Development – A business plan helps participants focus on the steps needed to make their businesses succeed, through: one-on-one advice, small business training, assessments of business plans.
  • Small Business Training – Allows the participant to acquire an accredited qualification, that the Self-Employment Assistance provider will assist them in picking what is right for them.
  • Business Advice Sessions – 2 free one-hour sessions every 12 months that focus on; advice on establishing their business and, improving the business’ financial position.
  • Business Health Checks – A 3-hour, one-on-one session with a Self-Employment Assistance provider. They can help you assess how your business is currently running and find ways to improve it.
  • Small Business Coaching – Provide eligible participants with; access to personalised business mentoring and support for up to 12 months, support for up to $300 worth of small business start-up costs and, an allowance for up to 39 weeks and rental assistance for up to 26 weeks (eligibility rules apply).

Benefits of referring your customer to ETC for Self-Employment Assistance

ETC has been helping people start and run their own business for more than 30 years and our passionate staff enjoy supporting entrepreneurs in their journey to self-employment. Our focus is to support and develop their vision, turning it into a viable and thriving small business.

Participants in our program will:

  • Have their business ideas respected and supported
  • Receive personalised feedback
  • Be supported and guided through the initial stages of starting a business
  • Receive regular catch ups with our Business Advisors
  • Build self-confidence

Next Steps

If you have a customer who meets the above eligibility criteria – please submit an enquiry via our website

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