Thinking about starting your own business?
APM Employment Services and the New Business Assistance with NEIS (NEIS) can help.
Over the last three years, more than 8,500 people have used NEIS to help start their own business.
NEIS helps eligible job seekers set up and run their own small business.
NEIS can help you create a business plan, provide you with training in small business, and provide you with business advice and mentoring for the first 12 months.
All of the training is at no cost, and we’ll also provide you with access to training materials.
Are you a job seeker registered with a jobactive, ParentsNext or Disability Employment Service?
Ongoing income support
If you are currently registered with a jobactive, ParentsNext or Disability Employment Services (DES) provider and you receive welfare payments you can continue to receive ongoing income support while participating in NEIS:
- Participants currently on Newstart allowance will receive NEIS allowance for up to 39 weeks (paid fortnightly) and may be eligible to receive NEIS Rental Assistance for up to 26 weeks.
- Participants on SSP or DSP payments can choose to continue to receive their current Pension, or choose to receive the NEIS allowance for up to 39 weeks (paid fortnightly) instead.
Are you a job seeker and not receiving welfare payments?
Even if you’re not receiving welfare payments, you can still access the same training and mentoring support to help you start your own business.
Provided you’re not currently studying, you can receive free accredited training in small business and 12 months of business advice and mentoring. However, you won’t be eligible to receive ongoing income support through the NEIS allowance.