Nationals Member for Cowper Luke Hartsuyker says the expansion of the Government’s New Enterprise Incentive Scheme (NEIS) will provide more opportunities for local job seekers to start their own small business.
“NEIS provides intensive support, including training, mentoring, and income, for job seekers who want to start their own small business,” Mr Hartsuyker said.
“It’s a proven program that has helped more than 159,000 Aussies start their own small business over the last three decades.
“I know of a number of successful local small business owners who got their start through the NEIS scheme. Some of these businesses are now employing other Australians or even exporting their services overseas.
“The Government is expanding the scheme, by offering an additional 2,300 places each year, bringing the total number of places available annually to 8,600.
“The expansion of NEIS will help to create more opportunities for young people to be trained and mentored on starting their own business. The eligibility criteria for NEIS has also been broadened to allow people who are not in employment, education or training – including those who are not on income support – to access assistance.”
This expansion is accompanied by extra support for entrepreneurs, including:
• SelfStart online (www.jobsearch.gov.au/selfstart) — a starting point for young people wanting to explore and develop their ideas into a successful business. SelfStart connects young people to services and programs, as well as provides information assisting them to start a business.
• ‘Exploring being my own boss’ workshops — workshops to engage potential entrepreneurs and provide them with a taste of what is involved in self-employment. Workshops are delivered nationally by New Enterprise Incentive Scheme providers, with 1,000 places available each year.
For more information about the New Enterprise Incentive Scheme, please visit www.employment.gov.au/youth.