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NEIS eligibility

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.

OR

  • be working 15 hours or less per week.

AND

  • ​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 have eceived 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).

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