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To apply for New Business Assistance with NEIS, you must meet both the personal and business eligibility requirements.

Personal eligibility requirements

You must:

  • Be receiving an eligible Centrelink Allowance, such as Newstart, Youth Allowance, Parenting Payment Single/Partnered, Disability Support Pension, Carers Payment and Age Pension.


  • Be working 15 hours or less per week


  • Be available to work full time in the business (35 hours per week)
  • Not be prohibited from working in Australia
  • Not be an undischarged bankrupt
  • Not received NEIS assistance in the past 12 months

Business eligibility requirements

You must:​

  • Not be currently operating on a commercial basis
  • Be independent, reputable and legal
  • Demonstrate potential commercial viability
  • Be established, located and operated solely in Australia
  • Ensure controlling interest in the business remains with the NEIS participant(s)

All information is correct at the time of printing but subject to change.

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