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Workforce Australia - Self-Employment Assistance

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

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Get your business idea or existing small business off the ground and running

For over 10 years we've helped over 1000 people kick-start their passion into their own business or grow an existing small business they already have.

Asuria's Self-Employment Assistance program provides all the necessary groundwork for new and existing small businesses, and offers flexible services that best suit your needs, including: 

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Free online information session

Would you like to learn more about our Self-Employment Assistance program? 

Join us for a free online information session where you will get the chance to speak with our Self-Employment Assistance Team, ask all the questions you may have about the program, and work out if the Self-Employment Assistance program is right for you! 

Online information sessions run at 12:00pm (AEST) every week.

Our sessions are open to anyone, anywhere, and are 30-minutes long.

Register for an online information session by completing the following form.

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Are you eligible for this program?

To be eligible for the Self-Employment Assistance program, we will need to assess if you and/or your small business is eligible for the program. 

Individual Eligibility

Business Eligibility

  • Be at least 15 years of age (noting that a person must be 18 years of age to access Small Business Coaching)
  • 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
  • Currently be running your own small business (up to 4 employees) 
  • Be assessed as viable by an Asuria Business Mentor
  • Have an independent business structure
  • Be lawful and capable of withstanding public scrutiny
  • Be established, located, and operated solely within Australia
  • Be structured so you will maintain a controlling interest over the business through your time accessing the program
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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 (previously known as NEIS), 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, Business Mentors and trainers.

Our Business Mentors have over 400 combined years of running their own businesses

Our Asuria Business Mentors have walked in your shoes,  with 400 combined years of running their own businesses across 40 industries. Now they  have turned their focus to mentoring, and are here to share all their self-employment experiences with you as dedicated Business Mentors. 

When you team up with an Asuria Business Mentor, they can offer advice, support and guidance, which can help you improve your
problem-solving skills and empower you with the right tools and tips to set your business up for success.

Business Mentors will increase the success of your business. They are a great support for any person growing an existing  business.

Business Health Checks tailored to your business needs

Through the Self-Employment Assistance program, you can access a Business Health Check at no cost to you. As an existing small business owner,  you can access guidance from our highly experienced Business Mentors, where you will develop an action plan to ensure your business is on the path to success. 

Over a three-hour, one-on-one session with a Business Mentor,  we will assess the viability of your small business, provide suggestions on opportunities for improvement and recommend relevant local business support services you can utilise to take your business to the next level.

Please note there is only a limited number of free Business Health Checks available under the Self-Employment Assistance program. Places will be available on a first come, first serve basis.  Click the button below to register for your free Business Health Check.

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Hear from people that found their way

“Being part of this network has truly been an invaluable resource that has helped me succeed in my entrepreneurial journey.”


“I now have a clearer direction on where I want to take my business with a more positive outlook. With support, I’ve been successful in what I set out to achieve.”


“They taught me how to actually bring all the elements of a business together to make it viable, especially around planning managing the cash flow, that kind of stuff, and marketing. There were so many skills that I learnt from the program.”


"The 1-on-1 mentoring 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 delivers services for eligible participants in the following employment regions across South Australia, Victoria, Queensland, New South Wales and Tasmania. 

Get your business off the ground and running today.

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