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New Enterprise Incentive Scheme (NEIS)

NEIS is an Australian Government initiative to assist eligible job seekers who are interested in starting and running a small business. NEIS commenced in 1985 and is currently the longest running and most successful self employment program in the country.

NEIS can provide you with accredited small business training, business advice and mentoring, as well as ongoing income support for up to 39 weeks.

Did you know?

National College of Vocational Education has been a NEIS provider since 2001 and we have helped to start over 5000 small businesses since this time.

Turning your good idea into dollars

National College of Vocational Education provides its NEIS clients with a specialised small business management trainer who will help you put your business idea into practice. They will provide you with individualised assistance to help you achieve your goals, and will maintain regular contact with you to provide extra help if you experience any business problems or need other additional support. On the completion of your small business training you will be the recipient of a Nationally Accredited BSB42615 Certificate IV in New Small Business.

We believe business mentoring and support is an essential component to ensure your business is a success. Our business mentors are people with proven business acumen and experience in small business, marketing, finance, accounting and other relevant business skills.

Business Idea Application


‘First we help you develop your business, and then we help you to grow your business’

As one of our NEIS participants you will receive NEIS business mentoring for the first year of operation of your business, including assistance and advice about organisational, financial and marketing issues to help you to successfully develop your business. This support does not end at the completion of your NEIS assistance, our door is always open for our clients. We will continue to support you and your business as it grows and your needs grow.

Your NEIS mentor will meet with you face-to-face, electronically and in person as often as you want during the first year of operation. This will help you maximise the success of your business. If you need extra assistance outside what is suggested on the NEIS program, you will receive it. If you need support at any time with your business you will receive it.

We are always happy to provide our NEIS business owners additional mentoring and support to ensure you have the best chance of getting your business off the ground.

What do you get from NEIS?

  1. Training in an accredited Small Business Management course;
  2. After completing this training and during which you commence your business you will receive NEIS Allowance for 39 weeks of business operation. NEIS Allowance is equivalent to the single, 22 or over, no children rate of Newstart Allowance, and is paid fortnightly in arrears, subject to you fulfilling your obligations under your NEIS Participant Agreement.
  3. During this time your NEIS Allowance is not be affected by income from your NEIS business. This differs from other allowance types provided by Centrelink which are means tested;
  4. You can also receive external income while participating in NEIS – that is, income from outside your business, such as from investments or other work, whilst you operate your NEIS business provided your external income is NOT greater than twice the basic rate of NEIS Allowance in a given financial quarter. But remember your primary objective is your NEIS business;
  5. You may also be eligible to receive NEIS Rental Assistance, which is a fixed rate payment made to you for a period of 26 weeks from the date you first receive NEIS Allowance.

Note: Recipients of Disability Support Pension, Carers Payment, Parenting Payment (Single) and some Department of Veterans’ Affairs pensions can choose to remain on these payments while participating in NEIS.

Are you eligible?

To be eligible for NEIS you must:

  • Be at least 18 years old when you begin receiving NEIS Assistance
  • Be available to participate in NEIS training and work full-time in your proposed NEIS business
  • Not be an undischarged bankrupt
  • Not have received NEIS Assistance for a similar business activity, and
  • Not have received NEIS Assistance in the previous three years or fewer hours for those with an assessed partial capacity to work, reduced work participation requirements or who volunteer for employment services.

Your NEIS business must be:

  • not currently operating on a commercial basis
  • independent, capable of withstanding public scrutiny, and lawful
  • not based on the purchase or takeover of an existing business
  • established, located and operated solely within Australia.

Sometimes the government makes certain groups eligible for NEIS outside normal guidelines.

How do I apply?

To apply to participate in NEIS, you should contact your local National College of Vocational Education office on 1800 180 881 and our NEIS experts will help you develop your idea and work with you to ensure NEIS is an appropriate avenue for you.

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Meet a few of our friendly trainers

Batemans Bay

Donna Price

Business, NEIS, Hospitality

Donna has over 30 years experience within the hospitality industry with many of her roles being in the management of small businesses in this industry.

Over the last 10 years, Donna has worked as a trainer and assessor for the National College of Vocational Education training and mentoring our small business management courses.

Most enjoyable aspect of being a trainer: I really enjoy helping people to achieve something so that they feel good about themselves.


Clare O’Dwyer

Business, NEIS

Clare has over 13 years experience in vocational education and training and over 20 years in sales and marketing roles.

She enjoys exploring with her trainees their strengths, weaknesses, life passion and business dreams and watching them gain confidence and succeed in business from their newly found knowledge and skills.

Favourite quote: “Whatever the mind of man can conceive and believe, it can achieve.” –Napoleon Hill

Batemans Bay

Bryan Smith

Business, Retail, Leadership and Management, NEIS

Bryan has had extensive business experience over his 30 year career. He has owned and operated a small business, managed other small businesses and worked with the NSW Government.

Bryan has qualifications in Management, Accounting, Financial Services and Training and Assessment which have allowed him to develop excellent personal communication and business development skills.

Bryan enjoys providing mentoring support to small businesses in his role.


Leoni Ryan

Business, NEIS

Teaching has been Leoni’s passion since she was young. She began training at the age of 18 for NRMA and has loved teaching and training since her first day in the classroom.

She likes being able to have a positive impact on someone’s life by helping them see their potential. Rather than give advice, Leoni tries to help students to recognize their own skills and abilities which she does by acknowledging and validating their personal strengths, with the long term goal of self empowerment, independence and employment.

Favourite Quote: “Success is not final. Failure is not fatal. It is the courage to continue that counts.” –Winston Churchill

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Certificate IV in New Small Business

Course code: BSB42615
NEIS is an Australian Government initiative to assist eligible job seekers who are interested in starting and running a small business.

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