Self-Employment Assistance

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.

About the program

The program’s flexibility will allow people to choose the support that best fits their needs to run a successful small business. Self-Employment Assistance will replace the current New Business Assistance with NEIS program in 51 Employment Regions around Australia from 1 July 2022.

The department released the Request for Tender for Self-Employment Assistance 2022–2027 (RFT) on 7 December 2021 seeking responses from Tenderers interested in delivering the Workforce Australia – Self-Employment Assistance program 2022–2027 from 1 July 2022.

The program offers flexible services (eligibility rules apply) including:

  • Exploring Self-Employment Workshops
  • Small Business Training
  • Help to develop a Business Plan
  • Small Business Coaching
  • Business Health Checks, and
  • Business Advice Sessions.
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Your provider will assess your business idea or existing business to ensure it meets the eligibility requirements.

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Connecting with the Self-Employment Assistance program can give you access to a range of services including workshops, courses and personalised business mentoring.

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