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New Enterprise Incentive Scheme



Thinking about starting your own business or struggling to get your small business off the ground?


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.


And the best part is - all of the training is at no cost to you!


All you need is a good business idea.


What is NEIS?


NEIS provides free accredited training in business mentoring, business advice and NEIS allowance if eligible.


The Australian Government has expanded access to NEIS so that:

  • serving members of the Australian Defence Force (ADF) with an identified transition date, and eligible family members of serving ADF personnel, will be eligible to access NEIS Training
  • people can access NEIS and start their own business if they are working 25 hours per week or less. This will enable people with part-time work, study or caring responsibilities to participate in the program on a part-time basis
  • existing micro-business owners impacted by COVID-19 can access NEIS if they need help to keep their business running or refocus their operations to meet new areas of demand


Is my Business Idea Eligible?


Your business idea is only limited by your imagination. From hairdressing to website development, repair and maintenance to dog grooming, the sky is the limit!


You are eligible for NEIS if your proposed business:

  • Has an independent business structure
  • Is lawful and capable of withstanding public scrutiny
  • Has been assessed as commercially viable by Auctus Training & Education
  • Will be established, located and operated solely within Australia
  • Will be structured so that you maintain a controlling interest over the NEIS business for the duration of your NEIS participant agreement


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Who can take part in NEIS?

You can participate in NEIS if you:

  • Are a job seeker and not currently employed or studying (you do not need to be on welfare payments to take part in NEIS)
  • Are at least 18 years of age at the time of commencing NEIS Assistance
  • Are not prohibited by law from working in Australia
  • Are not an overseas visitor on a working holiday visa or an overseas student studying in Australia
  • Are available to participate in NEIS training an work the required time in the proposed NEIS business
  • Are not an undischarged bankrupt
  • Have not received NEIS Assistance in the previous year
  • Are any other person or persons that the Department of Employment, Skills, Small and Family Business advises as being non-eligible in writing from time to time  

Auctus delivers the NEIS program in Adelaide North, Adelaide South and the North West Country (Port Augusta, Whyalla and Port Lincoln).


Are you a job seeker registered with a Job Active, ParentsNext or Disability Employment Services?

Do you have a great business idea but don't know where to start? If you're not in full-time education or training, you may be eligible. Give us a call to find out more!


Ongoing income support

  • Participants currently on JobSeeker payment 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



Hear from our NEIS participants

Solfit Yoga and Barre studio founder Tracy was a nominee for 2019 NEIS Best New Business Award for her incredible achievements in her first year of business. Tracy has brought to life a 5 year dream to own and operate her own yoga studio in Port Lincoln.


Tracy had been made redundant after working at Prominent Hill where she drove dump trucks for 5 years. Through all that time, Tracy had dreamed about opening a hot yoga studio in Port Lincoln.







For more information, please contact our friendly team.


Email: vicky@auctus.com.au


Phone: 8337 4441 OR 1300 511 519