If you are unemployed and have a great business idea, there are many government resources to help.
You may be eligible for personalised support from an Entrepreneurship Facilitator, or funding from a government program.
Here is some information that may help.
Entrepreneurship Facilitators provide practical assistance to support and encourage individuals to start a business. Entrepreneurship Facilitators provide a range of free services, including:
- Promoting and encouraging entrepreneurship
- Providing information and advice about entrepreneurship and starting and running a business
- Providing tailored mentoring and assistance to individuals
- Providing workshops and networking events to broader groups
- Linking and referring individuals to appropriate services that will help them start and run their own business, including New Business Assistance with NEIS.
New Business Assistance with NEIS
If you are interested in running your own business you may be eligible for New Business Assistance through the New Enterprise Incentive Scheme (NEIS) program. The NEIS program helps people to start new, viable small businesses. NEIS offers individualised assistance for jobseekers to become self-employed business owners.
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 put the business idea into practice.
- NEIS Allowance for up to 39 weeks and NEIS Rental Assistance for up to 26 weeks (if eligible).
Want more information?
- You can directly approach a NEIS provider located in your area. You can find your local NEIS provider on the Find a Provider page on the jobactive website.
- Talk to your jobactive, ParentsNext or Disability Employment Services provider.
- Read the Self-employment — New Enterprise Incentive Scheme general fact sheet. Translated versions of this factsheet are also available.
- Visit the SelfStart online hub.
The Australian Government’s business.gov website is a comprehensive resource for anyone thinking of starting a business covering topics including how to:
- prepare yourself for business
- start a business
- undertake business planning
- handle your tax, finances and superannuation
- grow business digital capabilities though the Australian Small Business Advisory Services – Digital Solutions Program.
Get some business skills
You may want to consider undertaking some business training before or after you start a business. Head to the Learn and Train page for more information about what is available for you.
For help with your career:
- Visit further information on this website about how you can:
- Be inspired by the career stories of the Australian VET Alumni.
If your wellbeing is being impacted by COVID-19 but you don’t know where to start looking for support, the COVID-19 support page has some information and links that could assist you.