Release type: Media Release


Helping more people into self-employment


Senator the Hon Michaelia Cash
Minister for Employment, Skills, Small and Family Business

With Australia’s economic recovery underway, the Morrison Government are providing even more opportunities for people to start their own new small business and assisting people already running a micro-business with more free training and support available. 

An additional 1,000 places are being provided under the New Business Assistance with the New Enterprise Incentive Scheme (NEIS) program and an additional 350 places for people to access an Exploring Being My Own Boss Workshop. 

The free Exploring Being My Own Boss Workshops provide valuable information on what is involved in starting a new business – helping people decide if self-employment is right for them. They include practical information about running a business and information on small business support services available. 

The New Business Assistance with NEIS program provides a range of free small business assistance to people who have a great business idea and need help getting started. This assistance can include access to free accredited small business training, support to develop business plans and personalised business mentoring.

Minister for Employment, Skills, Small and Family Business, Senator the Hon Michaelia Cash, says: “Anyone looking for work, people who have part-time or caring responsibilities, or any micro-business owners or sole traders who have been impacted by COVID-19 can participate in the New Business Assistance with NEIS program or undertake a Workshop.
“New Business Assistance with NEIS is a highly successful program and has helped over 185,000 people start a new small business since 1985”.

“Small business assistance can provide people with extremely valuable business, organisational and marketing skills and help people turn their new business ideas into a reality”.

“Running a small business can be a deeply rewarding experience for many Australians and are the backbone of communities. 

“By expanding the New Business Assistance with the NEIS Program, we are able to assist more Australians to get their business idea off paper and into reality.” 

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