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If you’re unemployed and eligible, we can help you establish your own business through the New Enterprise Incentive Scheme (NEIS).

With NEIS you will:

  • complete a recognised qualification
  • receive 39 weeks of income support
  • receive 12 months of mentoring from an experienced business mentor.

 

WHAT IS NEIS?

The New Enterprise Incentive Scheme (NEIS) is a programme that assists unemployed people start their own business.
It aims to help people set up viable small businesses by offering:

  • practical business training
  • income support
  • expert mentoring.

Box Hill Institute is one of the largest NEIS provider in Victoria.

We are part of Greater Melbourne Employment and Training Services (GRAMETS).

NEIS is funded by the federal Government through the Department of Employment.

 

WHAT DO I GET?

Through NEIS you get:

  • a recognised qualification – BSB30315 Certificate III in Micro Business Operations (see below for more information)
  • NEIS Income Support from the federal government for up to 39 weeks
  • NEIS Rental Assistance for up to 26 weeks if you are eligible
  • business mentoring for 12 months, so you get tailored advice and the support you need to help ensure the long-term success of your business.
    This includes group and individual mentoring sessions. You will be matched with a mentor from our panel of experienced business mentors

The Certificate III in Micro Business Operations is a nationally accredited qualification comprised of the following units:

  • BSBSMB301 Investigate micro business opportunities
  • BSBSMB302 Develop a micro business proposal
  • BSBSMB303 Organise finances for the micro business
  • BSBSMB304 Determine resource requirements for the micro business
  • BSBSMB305 Comply with regulatory, taxation and insurance requirements for the micro business
  • BSBSMB306 Plan a home based business
  • BSBWOR301 Organise personal work priorities and development
  • BSBFIA301 Maintain financial records
  • BSBSMB403 Market the small business
  • BSBCUS301 Deliver and monitor a service to customers

How NEIS Works

You will complete 7 weeks of free training and graduate with a nationally recognised qualification. The course covers the following topics:

  • Introduction to Small Business
  • Business Planning
  • Legal and Administrative Requirements
  • Marketing
  • Financial Planning
  • Operations Planning
  • Record-keeping

The training is full time, Monday to Friday from 9am to 3.30pm.  You will continue to receive your Centrelink payments while you study.

You will also develop a Business Plan. This is the most important step for your business. We will review your Business Plan and if approved as a viable business, you will be ready to begin Stage 2 of the NEIS program.

After signing your NEIS contract, you will receive:

  • NEIS Income Support from the federal government for up to 39 weeks
  • NEIS Rental Assistance for up to 26 weeks if you are eligible
  • business mentoring for 12 months. This includes group and individual mentoring sessions. You will be matched with a mentor from our panel of experienced business mentors. So you get the tailored advice and support you need to help ensure the long-term success of your business

Am I Eligible?

To participate in the NEIS program, you must:

  • be aged between 18 – 65 years of age.
  • be registered as unemployed with Centrelink
  • be receiving Centrelink payments, such as Newstart Allowance, Sole Parent Pension, Disability Support Pension, Sickness Allowance, Parenting Allowance.
  • not be an undischarged bankrupt
  • have an idea for a business that is independent, reputable, potentially viable, and has not previously operated on a full time basis, nor been purchased
  • live in a Box Hill Institute NEIS Employment region.

 

DO I LIVE IN A BHI SERVICE AREA?

To be eligible for our NEIS programs, you need to live in one of the following regions where we can deliver the NEIS program:

  • Inner Metropolitan Melbourne
  • South Eastern Melbourne and Peninsula
  • Western Melbourne
  • Goulburn-Murray

Please contact us if you are not sure whether you live in our NEIS employment region.

How to Apply

To apply for a NEIS program you must: