Release type: Media Release


Small Business Future for Local Job Seekers


The Hon Luke Hartsuyker MP
Assistant Minister for Employment

Entrepreneurial job seekers in Hervey Bay and Bundaberg have the opportunity to participate in the Government’s New Enterprise Incentive Scheme (NEIS) which aims to assist them to start and run their own small business.

Federal Member for Hinkler Keith Pitt was today joined by Assistant Minister for Employment Luke Hartsuyker in Hervey Bay to congratulate Sarina Russo Job Access who was recently announced as the local NEIS provider from 1 July 2015, under the Government’s new $5 billion jobactive employment services system. 

Mr Pitt and Mr Hartsuyker also had the opportunity to meet with former job seekers who had successfully moved off welfare and built their businesses thanks to NEIS.

“NEIS has a great record of getting eligible job seekers off welfare and into small business through providing expert support and business advice to those individuals with a passion for running their own businesses,” Mr Hartsuyker said.

“The Government is committed to helping more people move from welfare and into work. NEIS is just one example of successful employment programmes being rolled out by the Government to support job seekers in their efforts to find local jobs. 

Federal Member for Hinkler Keith Pitt said he was passionate about finding ways to get job seekers job ready and into work, and tackling our region’s high unemployment rate.

“With proven success locally of Green Army and Work for the Dole, the NEIS programme adds to the opportunities available to job seekers who are keen to create a business that meets a need in the local marketplace,” Mr Pitt said.

“For job seekers who can present a commercially viable business plan, NEIS provides accredited small business training, business advice and mentoring for eligible job seekers for up to 52 weeks, as well as ongoing income support for up to 39 weeks.

“Six years ago, Hervey Bay businessman Russell Golding was accepted into the NEIS programme with a plan to start an aircraft maintenance business. Today, he shared his success story outlining how his business, Fraser Coast Air Maintenance, has flourished – owning their own hangar, generating economic benefits for the local community and even employing a number of local staff.

“The Minister and I congratulate Mr Golding. He is a remarkable example of what can be achieved by transitioning from job seeker to successful employer. I urge local job seekers who have a business idea and a determination to get into small business to discuss the NEIS programme with their employment services provider,” Mr Pitt said.

For more information on the NEIS programme, please visit