Assisting you to start your own business
NEIS is a Commonwealth Government training program which assists unemployed people start their own business and create self-employment opportunities.
Assisting you to start your own businessNMIT in partnership with Darebin Enterprise Centre Limited (DECL)is offering this unique program.
To be eligible you must:
- be registered with Centrelink
- be receiving an allowance or other forms of qualifying income support
- have a viable business idea
- be at least 18 years of age
- be available to participate in NEIS training and work full time in the business
- not be undischarged bankrupt
- not have received NEIS assistance in the previous 2 years or received NEIS assistance for a similar business
How do I apply?
Contact NMIT or DECL to discuss the program and your potential eligibility. Otherwise you can download the NEIS application kit and NEIS feasibility study form.
Training is conducted on a regular basis and applications are considered throughout the year.
You can attend information sessions which are run at 10am every Friday (excluding Christmas period).
What does this program offer?
- Relevant small business training
- Professional staff
- Business planning
- Twelve months income support
- Ongoing advice and mentoring
Frequently asked questions:
How do I apply for NEIS?
You can download the NEIS application Kit and NEIS feasibility study form and then attend an information session and then an interview with one of our staff.
What sort of training do I have to undertake?
Training is conducted on a regular basis and applications are considered throughout the year. It takes approximately four days a week for seven weeks to complete.
What is a new business?
The business you propose cannot have been operating before. This means that you cannot purchase an existing business but you may develop what was a hobby into a viable business proposal.
Who owns the business?
You do. You may structure your business as a sole trader, partnership or company. You may also wish to have others in the business with you. As long as the major interest is held by the NEIS participant/s that's fine.
What is income support?
Income support is paid by the Department of Employment, Education and Workplace Relations (DEEWR) for up to twelve months to successful NEIS applicants who complete their training and whose business plan is approved as being potentially viable. The amount paid is equivalent to the current Newstart Allowance. If you are currently receiving rental assistance you may continue to receive this benefit for up to six months if approved.
Further information can be found on the NEIS website
For more information call the BEC on 9269 1481 or email us