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'Other Avenues' open up for entrepreneurs


Senator the Hon Michaelia Cash
Minister for Employment
Minister for Women
Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for the Public Service
Senator for Western Australia

Australians can now benefit from a raft of new measures that encourage and support entrepreneurship to help turn their business idea into a reality.

Minister for Employment, Senator the Hon Michaelia Cash, visited Other Avenues Collectables, a local seller of second-hand curios in Middle Swan, Perth, to hear how their business has been launched with the assistance of the Government’s highly successful New Enterprise Incentive Scheme (NEIS).

"Proprietors Danielle and Shane have applied their passion and expertise to create this wonderful business," Minister Cash said.

"It was fantastic to see this husband and wife team pursuing their dreams and to see firsthand how our measures to encourage entrepreneurship are helping locals succeed.

"The NEIS program works well, and I’m very pleased that the eligibility for NEIS has recently been expanded to include Australians not on income support."

The Turnbull Government now fund an additional 2,300 NEIS places each year, helping up to 8,600 entrepreneurial Australians start their own business.

Shane said that the scheme had ensured he and Danielle were well-supported in the initial stages of setting up their venture and that their business was growing well.

"We’ve been interested in collectibles and second-hand goods for years. We were thrilled to be able to turn our hobby into a business," Shane said.

"With the support of a program like NEIS, it’s been a surprisingly smooth experience and I’d really encourage others to consider this as an employment option."

The Government is further encouraging entrepreneurship, through:

  • SelfStart online (— a starting point for young people wanting to explore and develop their ideas into a successful business. SelfStart connects young people to services and programs and provides information to assist them to start a business.
  • ‘Exploring being my own boss’ workshops — workshops to engage potential entrepreneurs and provide them with a taste of what is involved in self-employment. Workshops are delivered nationally by New Enterprise Incentive Scheme providers, with 1,000 places available each year.

For more information about the NEIS or other Encouraging Entrepreneurship and Self Employment measures visit: