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Self Employment Assistance Program

Self Employment Assistance Program

Helping people start and run a small business!

Do you have a business idea? Or perhaps you have a start-up business and need some help to make it viable?  

BUSY At Work is contracted by the Australian Government’s Workforce Australia to deliver the Self-Employment Assistance Program.

Under this no-cost program, we work with eligible participants to finesse their business idea to become a viable reality.

You can find out more or contact us below. You may also consider joining one of our upcoming ‘Exploring Self Assistance’ workshops to see if this program is for you!

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About Self-Employment Assistance

Self-Employment Assistance can help you start and run a small business by helping you to:

What Self-Employment Assistance offers

Self-Employment Assistance offers 6 free services. You can do them all or only select the ones you want to do.

Provides information about self-employment, and then helps you to generate and test business ideas. These workshops usually involve 5 sessions delivered over one or two weeks. The workshops will help you make an informed decision about whether you want to pursue self-employment.  FIND OUT MORE

Provides you with the skills you need to start and run a small business. You can access accredited training and choose to do a shorter skillset or a longer Certificate III or IV in Entrepreneurship and New Business.

Can help you prepare a viable business plan to help your business succeed. A comprehensive business plan will help you to identify strategies for success and forecast your business cash flow for 2 years into the future. Your Self-Employment Assistance Provider can then assess your business plan and provide independent feedback on the likely viability of your business.

Can offer targeted advice relating to your business idea or existing business. Each session is delivered over the course of an hour, and you can access a maximum of 2 sessions a year.

Can help business owners assess how their existing business is running to find ways to improve its viability. A Business Health Check is delivered over 3 hours in a one-on-one session, and you can access one Business Health Check each year.

Provides business mentoring for up to 12 months. Over the course of a year, you’ll be connected to a business mentor who will give you guidance, coaching and other business support.

You can receive a $300 reimbursement to assist with your eligible business costs (such as business insurance). If you’re eligible, you can also receive a Self-Employment Allowance for up to 39 weeks, and Self-Employment Rental Assistance for up to 26 weeks.

Eligibility Criteria

To be eligible for the program you must be:

Contact us today to discuss your small business idea

Where we deliver the Self Employment Assistance Program

Throughout North Queensland and Sunshine Coast Queensland, we can support your small business dream. See our Office Locations below.


Shop 2/1 Cook Street, Atherton QLD 4883

Bundaberg West

2/6 Barolin Street, Bundaberg West QLD 4670


99 Sheridan St Cairns, Cairns QLD 4870


19 Bingera Terrace, Caloundra QLD 4551


206 Mary Street, Gympie QLD 4570

Hervey Bay

17, 19-21 Torquay Road, PIALBA QLD 4655


1/6 Cornish Street, Kingaroy QLD 4610


1 Wilkinson Street, Manunda QLD 4870


Shop 7/135 Byrne Street, Mareeba QLD 4880


2/21-23 First Avenue, Maroochydore QLD 4558


20 Mill Street, Mossman QLD 4873


Graham House Community Centre, 21 Taylor St E, Murgon Queensland, 4605


CA 6-10, Noosa Civic Centre/28 Eenie Creek Road, Noosaville QLD 4566

Port Douglas

6-8 Mowbray Street, Port Douglas QLD 4877
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