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Workforce Australia - Self-Employment Assistance

Get your business idea off the ground with expert training and 12 months of support and mentoring from local professionals.

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Turn your passion into your very own day job

All it took was an SMS from her dad for Asuria Self-Employment Assistance Graduate Tori to reach out to our Self-Employment Assistance team and seek further assistance to turn her passion for animals into a rewarding career.  

For over 10 years we've helped over 650 people, including Tori, to kick-start their passion into their own business from seed to sprout. 

To achieve successful outcomes for participants our program provides training which covers all the necessary groundwork for new and existing small businesses, and offers flexible services that best suit your needs, including (eligibility rules apply): 

  • Exploring Self-Employment Workshops 
  • Small Business Training 
  • Help to develop a Business Plan 
  • Small Business Coaching 
  • Business Health Checks
  • Business Advice Sessions
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How we help you get your business idea off the ground and running

Expert Mentoring

We have 10 years of proven Self-Employment Assistance service delivery, providing business training and support from start-up concept to completion. 

Fine Tuning Your Ideas

Ensures all participants make informed decisions, including expert analysis, advice and best approach to ensure success.

Income Support

39 weeks of Self-Employment Assistance income support and 26 weeks of rental assistance (for eligible participants only). You can also receive a $300 reimbursement to assist with your eligible business costs (such as business insurance). 

Small Business Training

Achieve an accredited qualification, with flexible learning options along the way so that you can succeed in your small business goals.  

12 Months of Support

Including a Self-Employment Workshop, help to develop a business plan, small business coaching, one-on-one advice sessions with your expert mentor and business health checks. 

Local Service Delivery

Easy to access administration and services team including locally based coordinators, mentors and trainers.

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Are you eligible for this program?

To be eligible for the Self-Employment Assistance program, you must: 

  • Be at least 15 years of age 
  • Not already be working and/or studying for more than 25 hours per week 
  • Not be prohibited by law from working in Australia 
  • Not be an overseas visitor on a working holiday visa or an overseas student studying in Australia 
  • Not be an undischarged bankrupt

If you already have an existing small business (less than four employees not including the business owner, that is not currently operating commercially or is at risk of not operating commercially within the next 12 months) or you have a new business idea, an Asuria Business Mentor will work with you to assess if your business or business idea is eligible. 

Contact us today to discuss your eligibility. 

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Discovering The Real You

Hear from people that found their way

"The Self-Employment Assistance program was exactly what I needed to open my own business. I am very thankful to have participated in a program where your dreams are not only encouraged, they are shown to be reachable."


"It's great that everyday, I can wake up and do something new and exciting, but still be in my field of expertise."


"It's the confidence Asuria gives you to go and start your own business and the mentoring you receive for 12 months."

Gary and Jackie

The program taught me all the nuts and bolts in running a business and allowed me to take that leap and see what happens while having that safety net.


Working with your own Business Mentor

Asuria deliver services for eligible participants in the following employment regions across South Australia, Victoria, Queensland, New South Wales and Tasmania. 

Meaningful work. Matched to your skills.

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