RECENT CHANGES TO THE NEIS PROGRAM
Since January 2017, a number of great changes, including a broadening of eligibility, have been made to the NEIS (New Enterprise Incentive Scheme) free business training program.
There are an additional 2,300 NEIS Places available – this takes the total number of NEIS Places from 6,300 to 8,600 nationally each financial year.
Access to NEIS has been significantly expanded and now includes:
- Non-Centrelink clients who are either unemployed or under-employed.
- People over 65 years of age in receipt of the age pension.
- Not For Profit (Social Enterprise) businesses.
You no longer need to be on welfare payments* to take part in the NEIS program. If you are a job seeker and not currently employed, or under-employed (working less then 16 hours a week), not in training and not studying; you may be eligible. You will have access to the same free accredited training in small business and mentoring support to help you start your own business.
Current access to the NEIS program for those on an eligible income support payment such as Newstart Allowance, Parenting Payment, Carer Payment, Disability Support Pension or Youth Allowance remains the same; with these clients being eligible for financial assistance* whilst undergoing the program.
*Note: If you are not currently on welfare payments you won’t be eligible to receive ongoing income support through the NEIS allowance.
For more information, and to find out if you’re eligible for the NEIS program, use the postcode search tool to find your nearest NEIS provider.